MattK's picture

Around the zoo

For those of you commuting around the zoo into the NE there is still lots of construction going on impacting the pathway. The zoo path is normally closed this time of year (with the option to bypass the gate and fall through the ice if you are unlucky like that one guy did) but there is a construction gate and the path is properly closed off. Bypassing up to Memorial is OK Eastbound but is dodgy coming Westbound as it is one way and you have to eek past the stopped cars. There is a detour posted but it is ridiculous, looking at Google Maps it looks like the pathway goes from 12st all the way to the C-Train overpass right next to Memorial on the North side - wondering why the city detour is all the way up to McDougall park and back??!!?! Is this a private path and they don't clear it - anyone know, use this route?



912R's picture


I replied and my reply disappeared.  Hmmm...

2wheeler's picture

Zoo detour

I used to be able to ride across memorial on 12th St and then onto St Georges drive.  Follow that around to the pathway south of Telus Spark and back east to Nose Creek.  The climb is a bit of a pain but hey, it's one more interval for you.  Coming the other direction I remember using a mixture of St. Georges Drive and the sidewalk on 12th Street to access the memorial dirve pathway.  With all the construction I'm not sure if the pathway still parallels the overpass route or not?


**Edit -  I see in the City's detour now that they've closed the pathway beside the ramp to 12th St overpass.  I agree that this detour is for the birds. The City really seems to give very little hoots about reasoned bicycle detours on such a major route.

Crivak's picture

After spending five minutes

After spending five minutes studying that google link and the cities detour I can't make heads or tails of this area. What a mess. There's even a sidewalk that barely fits one person that abruptly ends after about a hundred paces.  Frankly they should just pave a straight path on the North side of Memorial so when you cross you go straight until you meet the intersection leading onto St Georges. This would take care of that sidewalk too, by doubling its size into a usable path. There appears to be some awkward stairs tucked in from 12th street.  Simplify all this, Calgary. There's room for a pathway. 

912R's picture

The City just plain forgot about one user group

I'm immensely frustrated that the City's closure of the pathway (which was ridiculous being until Nov 2017) is now until July 2018.  What can you do.  Going eastbound you have to jump into traffic from the Memorial MUP to get up over the bridge on St. George's drive until you can Region the path at Spark or 8th Ave.

Westbound, I've resigned myself to coming down the hill and making the awkward corner onto 12th, across McDougall Rd, then left on 9th St to the bridge at the LRT station.  McDougall Rd is like a section of Paris-Roubaix as it's rough as hell.

agustin's picture


Hi, how did you find out about the new end date for the detour?

This section is on my commute and I agree it's terrible. I've had a brief communication with Parks but given this new date I'd like to talk to them again.

912R's picture

I am inferring this date from

I am inferring this date from when they had the bridge opening back in December that they gave a project update saying that the work to complete the westbound lane off St. George's Drive would continue until "Summer 2018"

Project update – January 5, 2018 The new 12 Street S.E. Bridge, Zoo Road and Baines Bridge are now open!

While we have completed most of the improvements, construction work will still be continuing in the area until summer 2018. This work will require temporary lane and pathway closures. Please continue to follow detour signs in this area.

2wheeler's picture


To me this seems like the perfect situation for a bunch of 311 calls.  Poor planning and a lack of good solutions have created this problem and those at the City who are responsible should be made aware.

912R's picture

Open again?

Per some discussion on Twitter, the pathway around the zoo is open again?  I'll check it out on my way home tonight.

MattK's picture

Riding that way tomorrow -

Riding that way tomorrow - will report back if it is open and conditions - in the past the zoo route has been closed in winter due to ice buildup - hopefully it is clear as the detour was a disaster.

Just a suggestion - for those of you taking the St Georges detour route (pathway beside the road on the south side), would strongly recommend riding on the road, the pathway is not getting cleared very well (probably due to the big wooden crash barrier posts) and a slip onto the crash barrier would make for a really bad day. The road is nice and wide and doesn't get much traffic.

912R's picture

Yes the pathway behind the

Yes the pathway behind the zoo is open.  It's in "ok" shape - no massive ice buildup, but there's ice in the usual spots.  The underpass under the zoo road is NOT open and has not been cleared, so you still have to make that crossing at Zoo Rd.  I had "missed" that smell from the zoo by the Musk Ox enclosure (barf).

MattK's picture

HA - I was thinking on my

HA - I was thinking on my ride today (a la Apocalypse Now) "I loved the smell of Bison in the morning" - but not really. Between the animals and the grey water system they put in a couple of years ago - it sure does hum,

Anyway, path is in the same condition as the rest of the pathways: good, good good, clench, good, good, clench, good. etc.

912R's picture

They opened the gates for the

They opened the gates for the underpass at Zoo rd.  However, it's about 18" deep in lumpy ice, so unless your happen to be driving a lunar exploration rover down the path, it will be a while until its passable.

Sunbreaker James's picture

new suspension bridge at the zoo

I rode the pathway at the zoo yesterday for the first time since closing and was really hoping when they put in the new ped bridge connecting the dinsaur park side to the island part of the zoo they would have improved the pathway site lines when going under it.  Sadly we must still be on high alert for cyclist that cross the yellow line in this part.


912R's picture

I agree wholeheartedly - but

I agree wholeheartedly - but I am guessing the bridge was the Zoo's project, not a city project.  So the pathway was out of their purview.

staacey's picture

Open now?

Is the path behind the zoo open now? I notice when I drive along Memorial the sidewalk leading to the path appears to be under construction. Can someone confirm it's open before I head to work and get detoured!


912R's picture

Yes, but no.

I just saw the sign this morning that the pathway behind the zoo will be closed off again (for how long is anyone's guess) as of April 19th so they can finish up that cluster of a construction project.

So keep to the Bridgeland side for the time being.  It's actually shorter for me to get to work that way, and was forced into taking it this morning due to the ice on the pathway.  But I just hate riding on the road and having to deal with the pedestrican overpass at the LRT station.