The City of Calgary is establishing pathway detours for Phase 2 of construction through the Eau Claire area as part of West Eau Claire Park (www.calgary.ca/westeauclaire) starting Tuesday, September 5th and going to the end of the year. The City is asking that, ‘given the limited space for travel and the high volumes of people walking through the area, people cycling use alternate routes around the construction site’. Suggested detours are outlined on the map below;
Bike Calgary and the City of Calgary have created an education campaign to reduce bike theft by improving bike lock-up behaviors. While leading a bike theft task force, Darren Mazzei, the Vice-President of Bike Calgary, had the idea to create a graphic sticker depicting bike locking techniques and decal city-owned bike racks. Mazzei approached the City of Calgary to bring the idea to reality and three months later 1000 stickers have been printed and are ready to be installed.
The simple graphic depicts three possible ways to lock your bicycle and a website link to get additional information. Local artist, Tyler Lemermeyer, produced the illustrations, Bike Calgary volunteers designed the sticker and City of Calgary Roads Maintenance provided permission to put the stickers on the bike racks. “The project came to together very smoothly. The City said yes to put the stickers on the racks and I think Tyler made some beautiful illustrations,” stated Mazzei.
The first action item listed in the City of Calgary Cycling Strategy (2011) was to engage key stakeholders in creating a new Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan. The rationale for the update is described by the City of Calgary as follows.
"The Calgary Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan was initially developed in 2000 and is being updated to reflect change in our City. Many of the proposed pathways and bikeways from the initial plan have been built. Some of the proposed connections are obsolete because of changes to the road network or approved developments. New policies have been approved that impact the approved plan.
The updated plan will provide a proposed city-wide network of pathways and bikeways that will become the framework from which developers will use in order to seamlessly connect Calgarians to the places they want to go. It will also include a digital map that is easy to access and update."
Bike Calgary encourages all of our members to provide their feedback. There is a relatively short scripted survey to fill out. Perhaps more importantly, there are two maps that you can pin your comments to. The first map allows you to identify up to three destinations and comment on accessibility. The second map allows you to identify and comment on difficulties or barriers you may encounter within the network.
Bike Calgary is also interested to hear feedback from our members so that it can be incorporated into any ongoing dialogue our organization has with the City, so please feel free to add your comments to this forum.
Additional information on the Pathway and Bikeway plan can be found on the City website HERE.
We know it’s just getting around to summer, but we’ve recently looked at some cycling data from the last few years, and we’ve found that more cyclists ride in the winter than we thought. Here’s are some conclusions from our review of the data. Let us know your thoughts on this information.
Less cyclists ride in the winter (as you might expect) but the number never goes to zero, even on our coldest days.
Daily rider counts from 2016 were generally higher than from previous years.
The trend line for each year’s data shows an increase from 2014 through to 2016.