Beyond boosting cyclist safety and improving connections to key destinations, the East Village Cycle Tracks—a collaborative initiative by CMLC and the City—are creating a safer environment for pedestrians and improving the flow of motor vehicles (with additional on-street parking to boot!).
Over the past several months, CMLC has been working with City of Calgary to plan and develop new bike lanes to make it easier and safer for cyclists to come and go from East Village.
Now under construction, this vital new transportation infrastructure considers the needs of all road users—drivers, pedestrians and, of course, cyclists of all stripes. The new tracks will give cyclists safe passage between RiverWalk and the existing 9th Avenue bike lanes—and onward to the rest of the city’s growing and well-used cycle network.
As illustrated below, the new north-south route will follow Riverfront Lane SE from RiverWalk to 7th Avenue SE. There it will jog west, bypassing the LRT line, before continuing south along 4th Street SE to connect with the existing bike lanes along 4th Street and 9th Avenue.
New traffic signals at 8th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Riverfront Avenue will improve safety for all roadway users while making it quicker and easier to get from A to B and back again.
Although motorists will notice changes to the flow of traffic around the new tracks, the goal with this—as with all cycling infrastructure—is to make the interplay among all road users safer and more harmonious. After all, every person who opts to get around on Calgary’s amazing network of bike paths is one less vehicle jostling for space on the road.
In parallel with the new bike lane construction, the City will be adding on-street parking to 4th Street (between 5th and 7th Avenues SE) and changing the lane alignments to help calm the flow of motor vehicles passing through the neighbourhood.
The new East Village cycle tracks are expected to open to two-wheeled traffic in late October or early November 2019.
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