Bicycling magazine says that Portland, Oregon, is the best bicycling city in 2005. Way back in 1988, Calgary won that award. But Portland hasn't stood still, and has created a host of innovative programs, such as (to name just two) special areas at traffic lights for bikes, and bike-activated traffic lights. They've also tripled (!!) the number of cyclists in the past ten years. You can read the full story on the bikeportland.org website.
By way of comparison, Portland has about 600,000 inhabitants versus Calgary's 950,000.
No BUGs in Calgary? Sure there are! What about all the mosquitos? Well, yes, but we mean a different kind of BUG - bicycle user group. We think we need more of the latter.
Recently, a small group of concerned commuter cyclists got together to see what could be done to improve on-street cycling in Calgary. In looking at our current cycling situation, it quickly became apparent that there is still a lot of work to make Calgary's streets "bike-friendly".
The City is making a commitment to start improving on-street bike-route infrastructure this year (2006). This is a great start, but we will still need an organised front from all of the city's cyclists (hence this website, bikecalgary.org) if we are to get all of the needed improvements done; we'll also need motorist/cyclist education, training, overall communication and promotion of bike use as an effective, sustainable means of transportation.
There used to be a bus trap linking Silver Springs to the road which
feeds onto 52nd street. It has since been closed, which involved
filling in the bus trap itself and putting giant cement barricades
(or a locked gate; I've seen both) in the middle of the road. The
barricades would be great if a bike-sized space was left between them,
but unfortunately this didn't happen. I included this in a suggestion I sent to the City, but they basically ignore this issue.
The cycle path which side-steps the bus trap is usually pretty gravel-
The bus trap which used to exist under Sarcee Trail north of Crowchild was a very useful way for NW riders to get east into Dalhousie from Ranchlands, or west out of the city via Nose Hill, Country Hills, etcetera areas.
It is now a radio-controlled gate. I emailed the City about this, and they told me it is "impossible" and dangerous for people to use the bus traps in the way I described and that it is now safer, since you have to hop the only sidewalk there (which is pretty busy during rush hour).