12 Avenue cycle track opens Tuesday

WATCH: The first phase of the downtown cycle track opened Tuesday weeks ahead of schedule. It’s a pilot project that will see more separated lanes for bikes in the core. Sarah Offin reports.

CALGARY- The 12 Avenue section of Calgary’s cycle track network pilot project has opened 28 days early, as of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

The director of Transportation Planning credited the warm weather with the early completion from 11 Street west to 3 Street east; he’s reminding both drivers and cyclists to watch for new signs, signals and pavement markings. The city says it has improved traffic light timing, adjusted lane markings to provide better flow on 12 Avenue at 1 Street S.W., and will continue to make adjustments over the course of the pilot.

“We will be finishing work on the track today so we encourage people to begin using the track tomorrow morning,” said Don Mulligan in a Monday statement. “We’d like to remind Calgarians that the other pilot cycle track routes are under construction, so we ask that cyclists stay off those routes until construction is complete.”

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The city says the rest of the routes will open “this month” with an original start-date of June 30.

WATCH: The first phase of the downtown cycle track opened Tuesday, and Jill Croteau took a look at what rush hour was like on 12 Avenue.

In addition to 12 Avenue, it will include new cycling routes on:

  • 5 Street (on the east side from 3 Ave. S.W. to 17 Ave. S.W.)
  • 8 Avenue / 9 Avenue (on the north and south sides from 11 St. S.W. to 3 St. S.W. and Macleod Trail to 4 St. S.E.)

The city asks drivers, walkers and cyclists to contact 311 with any questions or feedback.

Downtown cycle track network. Global News / Cody Coates


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