Bike Calgary pleased construction is starting on Calgary downtown bike lane
City of Calgary crews are starting construction today on the 7 Street cycle track, a two-way bike lane that will allow cyclists to ride more safely in downtown Calgary.
The bike lane runs along the east side of 7 St S.W., between the Bow River pathway and 8 Ave.
The lane will be just over three metres wide, which will allow for two-way bike traffic in the lane. A small curb will separate bike traffic from vehicle traffic.
This is the first cycle track to be constructed as part of the Calgary’s east-west, north-south downtown cycle track network. The new track should be open by July.
Bike Calgary is pleased with the move, saying in a statement that the 7th Street cycle track will provide a safe and comfortable option for Calgarians to travel by bike between the Bow River pathway and office towers, retailers and restaurants on the west end of downtown.
“We have heard from many Calgarians who are enthusiastic about the City implementing this cycle track in the downtown core,” says Bike Calgary President Brent Clark.
“Physically separated bike lanes on 7th Street SW are only the first step toward building a cycle track network that provides new opportunities for Calgarians to cycle into and through the Centre City.”
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Over 40 per cent of current downtown cyclists arrive via the Peace Bridge, Louise Bridge, or along the Bow River pathway to the west.
“Interest in travelling to work by bike is at an all-time high in Calgary and we look forward to the development of east-west routes and a connection between Downtown and the Beltline,” said Clark.
The construction will primarily focus between 1 Ave. S.W. and 4 Ave. S.W. for approximately 3-4 weeks, followed by approximately 3-4 weeks of construction between 4 Ave. S.W. and 8 Ave. S.W.
As part of the new roadway design, the City is scheduled to permanently change 1 Ave. S.W. and 7 Street S.W. to one-way streets on Saturday, April 13.