The one-year Cycle Track pilot project, which was approved by City Council in April 2014, will create 5.5 kilometres of separated cycling lanes and 700 metres of share space on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary.
Since August, the project team has been meeting with businesses and residents that are adjacent to the track routes of 5 Street, 8 Avenue, 9 Avenue and 12 Avenue. These one-on-sessions have been important to address access issues with individual buildings and work towards fine tuning the designs.
Communications Advisor Jody Crowe, a member of the project team, shares his experience of meeting with these stakeholders:
“For the most part, the businesses and property owners are very grateful that we’re taking the time to meet with them and listen to their concerns. We recognize that there are some who feel very enthusiastic about the cycle tracks – and some not so much – but sharing the plans and timeline as we move forward will encourage those who are excited to use it and those who are unsure, an opportunity to visualize the final product.”
In total, six information sessions will be held for the public to view the plans and ask questions to the project team. The first phase of construction has begun this fall with minor modifications to traffic signals. Final construction will begin in Spring 2015, with the new cycle tracks scheduled to open in July 2015.