As Calgary’s population continues to grow, it’s essential to find more travel choices for those who regularly travel in and out of the downtown area. In 2011, the City of Calgary dedicated funds to develop a network of cycle tracks in the downtown area.
The first cycle track, built in 2013, was a 0.8 km route along 7th Street SE—connecting the northwest quadrant of downtown with the Bow River Pathway. Following the success of this first corridor, planning and design for the network began in earnest with Stantec added to the team.
In June 2015, 5.5 kilometres of cycle track and one km of shared street space was opened to Calgarians as an 18-month pilot, using temporary construction treatments. These new cycle tracks are designed to include separated bicycle lanes for cyclists, travel lanes to keep vehicle traffic flowing, signage to direct cyclists and motorists, modifications to traffic signals to keep traffic flowing (and improve safety for all road users), more bicycle parking, and maximum on-street parking where possible.
We worked closely with the City of Calgary on the network planning, public engagement, approval process, detailed design of all facilities, traffic analysis of approximately 40 impacted signals, construction, and construction administration efforts. We’re also involved in ongoing engagement with a variety of stakeholders including the public.