Thursday, October 4, 2012

The City of Calgary's 2012-2013 Snow and Ice Control Program (SNIC)

With a hint of winter already in the air, City Roads crews are busy preparing for this year’s Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) program.

Dean Bell, The City’s Roads Maintenance Manager, has outlined the 2012 – 2013 SNIC program. While the annual program will essentially remain the same, there is one small change: all on-street, marked bike routes are considered Priority 1 routes. That means they are the first routes to be addressed by City crews when the snow falls.

The majority of the 27 lane kilometres of on-street, marked bike routes are already on Priority 1 routes. The change will result in approximately 10 lane kilometres of on street bike lanes being absorbed into the highest priority routes. In other words, of the 15,000 lane kilometres that Roads maintains, less than half of one per cent will be added into the mix.

“Absorbing on-street, marked bike routes into our Priority 1 routes will have a negligible impact on our operations,” said Bell. “The majority of these routes were already located on Priority 1s. We’re simply ensuring that they’re clear and safe for cyclists when snow hits the ground.”

There will be no impact on budget, timing, or getting into residential areas to provide SNIC services.

The City continues to promote a variety of travel options for Calgarians, and much of Transportation’s work is guided by the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP). This Council-approved document encourages a mix of transportation modes: walking, cycling, public transit and vehicle use. Maintaining on-street, marked bike routes speaks to Roads’ commitment to the CTP.

Based on the spring 2012 cordon count, more than 12,000 bicycle trips were made to access the downtown core. As The City installs more bike lanes over the next few years, it’s expected more Calgarians will choose cycling as a way to get around Calgary, whether to work, run errands or just for the joy of it.

These snow and ice control efforts also fulfill Action # 27 of the Council-approved Cycling Strategy: “Develop a new level of service for high quality...snow and ice control of on-street bicycle routes in high use/high growth areas” all in an effort to make Calgary a bicycle-friendly city.

Visit the web for more information on The City’s snow and ice control program.

Onward / Calgary Transportation Plan: Provide high-quality service for all modes of transportation using effective and cost-efficient transportation management tools and techniques.

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