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Calgary councillors set to debate downtown cycle track network

CALGARY – A proposed downtown cycle track network will go before city council members on Monday.

Councillors will decide whether or not to go ahead with a one year test run of the contentious project.

Cycle tracks are on-street bike lanes separated by physical barriers, such as the 7 Street S.W. cycle track, which opened in July 2013.

The Centre City cycle track pilot project would cost $9.38 million, and — if approved by city council — would open in the summer of 2015.

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Council would then monitor how the cycle track is working for one year, before re-evaluating it in the fall of 2016.

CLICK HERE to see the recommended route for the Centre City cycle track released on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

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While some believe there is a great need for a downtown cycle track, opponents worry it will slow traffic in the core and question if the numbers support the need for such a large project.

WATCH: Executive Director with Downtown Calgary Maggie Schofield joins Global Calgary to discuss changes to Stephen Avenue which would be made if a proposed downtown cycle track network is approved by City Council members on Monday.

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