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Final section of Calgary Cycle Track Network now open

WATCH: Now that the downtown cycle track is complete Stephen Avenue is no longer just for walkers. As Doug Vaessen reports, some are worried about the safety of those on foot.

CALGARY – Great news for cyclists in Calgary: The city’s cycle track pilot network opened Thursday morning, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

City officials say the early start is largely due to good weather.

“We are also pleased to say that the project was completed under budget,” said Don Mulligan, director of transportation planning for the City of Calgary.  “We had projected a budget of $7.1 million, and the final cost is $5.75 million – $1.35 million under budget.”

The finishing touches were put on the 8 Avenue, 9 Avenue, Stephen Avenue and Olympic Plaza block on Wednesday.

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Cycling will be permitted in both directions on Stephen Ave. anytime of the day, said the city.

“Stephen Avenue is now a shared space for people walking and cycling in the daytime, with no physical barrier on the street,” said a release from the city. “Vehicles and bicycles will share the road in the evenings, with cars allowed west-bound on Stephen Avenue in the evenings only.”

Cyclists are required to walk their bikes between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from July 1 to July 12 during Canada Day and the Calgary Stampede.

The city asks drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to send questions and/or feedback by calling 311.

For more information visit calgary.ca/cycletracks and for daily bicycle counts and other data, click here.

Doug Vaessen / Global News

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