The Covid-19 pandemic has brought changes to most of our lives. Although many have been challenging, some have actually been beneficial. For cyclists, one of these positive changes is the many temporary bike lanes that the city has created to help enhance active transportation in Calgary.
Next month, City Council will be looking at what to do with these lanes. As you can imagine, there will be advocates for the removal of all lanes, for making all the lanes permanent and for many flavours in between. If you have lanes that you would like the City to make permanent, then make your thoughts known. If you feel strongly about keeping any of these lanes, send a 311 to the city, telling them which lanes you used and how you want them kept. City staff and council pay attention to 311 submissions so they are always a good way to make your thoughts and concerns known. Also, send an email to your councillor and to the mayor telling them what you think should be done. Please include the lanes that you feel are particularly important to better cycling for you and your family. The more they hear from citizens who want to retain the lanes, the more likely they will be to keep at least some.
You can find you councillor’s email address at, https://www.calgary.ca/citycouncil/citycouncil.html. The mayor’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
311 submissions to the City can be made by phone (by calling 3-1-1) or via the handy smart phone app.