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;
While Bike Calgary understands that these necessary enhancements, aimed at improving the pathway corridor for all users and bolstering flood resilience, may cause some inconvenience for pathway users in the near-term, we are also concerned that restricting cycling access from the south side Bow River Pathway for the duration of the work may substantially impact Calgarians travelling by bike that do not feel safe riding on the roadway (irrespective of traffic conditions), as well as negatively impact travel during winter for those that judge the roadway detour unsafe or impractical for riding due to snow and ice.
Based on the feedback we receive, Bike Calgary will continue to engage with City staff, with the goal of maintaining safe and comfortable cycling access to the necessary corridors and destinations in this area.
To help in gauging the impact of the detours we encourage our members to provide their feedback via this forum and, if the restrictions are adversely affecting your travel, to also contact the City directly via 3-1-1 or through the area Councillor’s office (work is taking place in Ward 7, so email firstname.lastname@example.org and is adjacent to Ward 8, email@example.com).