Winter is drawing to a close, but there are still significant amounts of snow, ice and gravel on Calgary streets, including on Calgary’s on-street bikeways. Through their Snow and Ice Control Policy, the City of Calgary has committed to clearing on-street bikeways to the following standards:
Centre City Cycle Track Network - Priority 1 - 90 per cent clear of snow and ice by the end of the first 24 hours after the snow has stopped.
All On-street Marked Bike Lanes - Priority 2 - cleared of snow and ice to a safe travel width within 48 hours after the snow has stopped.
What is a “safe travel width”? While the Snow and Ice Control Policy does not explicitly define safe travel width, the 2008 Bicycle Policy and Needs Report states an essential operating space requirement of 1.0m for single cyclist on a “regular bicycle” (i.e. upright, no trailer, etc.).
Bike Calgary aims to maintain an ongoing dialogue with City of Calgary staff with respect to how observed snow and ice control measures against Policy, with the intent of achieving a safe, comfortable and predictable street environment for Calgarians travelling by bicycle, as well as for Calgarians operating vehicles in and around bicycle accommodations.
Bike Calgary invites our members to share any photo examples of their experiences with snow and ice, as well as gravel conditions, experienced this winter with the understanding that these may be used in any conversations or meetings between the organization and members of City Administration or Council.
Photos may be submitted via firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 2017-2018 SNIC Photos. It would be beneficial to also have an indication of the location, date, time and estimate of how long since snowfall stopped.