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Pathway Detours - West Eau Claire (05-Sep to End 2017)

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 ward07@calgary.ca and is adjacent to Ward 8, ward08@calgary.ca).

 


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winterrider's picture

No room?

I would guess given the typical volumes of people walking there that there wouldn't be room to actually ride your bike. But if it's early in the morning and not that busy it would probably be fine.

yycfoldingcycle's picture

Human rights abuse against certain kinds of ebikes/handicapped?

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Pathways/Electric-Bikes.aspx

This law unfairly targets ebikes and specifically the handicapped who may have limitations pedalling bicycles.

We need to fight this anticycling abuse. Both throttle controlled and torque sensing ebikes can provide power without pedalling. They operate with the same speed limitations and power requirements.

Was this law a closed room legislation aimed at controlling the ebike market and as a means to launch more human rights abuses?

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DarrenB's picture

Mopeds

No, I don't think this a human rights abuse. I believe it was meant to keep things like those electric mopeds that have pedals (but were never really designed to be pedalled) off the pathways. I support this.

 

Also, motorized wheelchairs and other "wheeled conveyances" used by people with mobility challenges are permitted on pathways.

Out of curiosity, do you have an e-bike with a throttle?

winterrider's picture

Mopeds on the paths

I have actually seen one woman driving her moped down the bike path between Edworthy and Downtown. I tried explaing to her that they weren't allowed, she disagreed.