Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cycle Track - Fall Update

5 St cycle track at the CPR underpass is now the 
busiest on-street bikeway in Calgary
The Cycle Track Network Pilot Project has now been open for four months and since opening, we’ve had a lot of activity take place. We’ve been monitoring usage, making adjustments, thanking Calgarians for travelling together and preparing for winter. After a busy summer, we are eager to share some project highlights.

The numbers
As part of the monitoring and evaluation program for the pilot, The City has been collecting bicycle volume data since the tracks opened using automated counters at ten locations.

Along the middle of each cycle track route we have seen the following 24 hour average weekday counts from June 18 (network opening) to October 31:
  • 1,440 bike trips on 5 Street S.W. at the CPR underpass
  • 870 bike trips on 12 Avenue near 2 Street S.W.
  • 890 bike trips on 8 Avenue near 3 Street S.W.
Cycle tracks by the numbers….

  • 9.5% of daily on-street trips on 5 Street at the CPR underpass are made by bicycle
  • 25% of all bicycle trips along 5 Street at the CPR underpass occur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • 27% of people cycling along the cycle track routes are women. This is seven per cent higher than before the cycle tracks opened and five per cent higher than the 2015 city-wide average.
  • 370,000 bicycle trips were counted in the middle of three cycle track routes between June 18 (network opening) and October 30. If bike trips were seats at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgarians cycling would have filled all 19,289 seats for 19 sold-out Flames games.
You can take a look online to see how many bike trips are taking place daily on each of the cycle track routes, Stephen Avenue, as well as the Peace Bridge.

Adjustments to the network
Over the past four months, we’ve received helpful feedback through 311 about the cycle track network. Based on this feedback, a number of adjustments have been made along the cycle track routes, such as:
  • Enhancing connections at the ends of the cycle track corridors by:
  • Reintroducing on-street parking and loading in front of several businesses along 8 Avenue between 8 Street S.W. and 11 Street S.W.
  • Continuing to work with Access Calgary to adjust loading zones for a better customer experience
  • Working with Calgary Parking Authority to enforce parking restrictions to maintain smooth traffic flow in the peak hour

If you’re looking for parking near the cycle tracks you can take a look at the online maps or download the MyParking app.

Summer outreach
Over the summer, we had a team of Bicycle Ambassadors providing tips on how to use the cycle tracks. We reached over 20,000 Calgarians through outreach opportunities at community festivals, office buildings and on-street. At the end of the summer we thanked Calgarians for moving together and sharing the road along The City’s cycle track network with a ‘thumbs up’ and a sweet treat. With the help of our Bicycle Ambassadors, Calgary Police Service and Peace Officers, we had over 2,100 interactions with Calgarians walking, driving and cycling. You can see it all in our video.

Preparing for winter
8 Avenue cycle track on Monday November 1, 2015
The cycle tracks will stay in place during the winter months, and we will attempt to clear them within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. The City has a variety of machines to keep the tracks clear, such as sweepers, sanders and small ploughs, and will be focused on getting the roadways clear so people can travel on them.

If you have a property or business along the cycle track route, it’s important to know where to put the snow outside your building. Please follow these steps and share this information as needed to help keep the road and sidewalks clear during the winter months.
  1. Clear and store the snow at the edge of the sidewalk, between the treeline/ light pole and the curb. Store the snow in this space instead of pushing snow into the cycle track.
  2. Once City crews finish clearing the roads, The City will evaluate the snow storage areas and remove the snow piles, or windrows, as required.

The amount of snow on the ground, temperature and whether or not snow continues to fall will affect the amount of time needed to clear the cycle tracks. Once it snows, take a look at our tips to help you plan your ride.

Keep up to date on the latest cycle track tips and updates by visiting calgary.ca/cycletracks.

1 comment:

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