The City says it will spend $12 million on pathway improvements, notably on filling in missing links in the pathway system.
The Land & Asset Strategy Committee met on Tuesday and made this recommendation, approving in total $112 million in community infrastructure projects over the next 10 years. The plan needs final approval from Council next month.
More details will be posted once I can figure out how to find the minutes on the vast and byzantine City website. Try to use their search engine to find anything and you'll soon be as frustrated as I was.
While this $12 million is a welcome investment in the pathway system, it is of only limited use to bicycle commuters since 2/3 of pathway users are not cyclists. Cyclists needs bicycle-specific infrastructure investments. It's also unclear over what period the $12 million will be spent. If it's over the same 10-year as the other projects included in the $112 million figure, then we won't see much visible progress in the next year.
A nice loop out past bighill springs and back via bearspaw.
This route illustrates a good way out of town from NW Calgary (except that the Sarcee bus trap is now gated, but you can still get past on the sidewalk).
Country Hills Blvd is pretty much the only good way to get out of the
city towards Bearspaw, at least westbound from Nose Hill and then
up 85th street (past the jail).
85th street has no shoulders, but judging from the abuse it's taking
from the industrial traffic recently, it will be repaved soon. Talk to
your Alderman and suggest that adding shoulders would be a Great Idea.