City opens first-ever downtown cycle track

CALGARY – The city’s first downtown cycle track opened on Tuesday morning.

The 7th Street cycle track is an enhanced two-way bike lane that runs from the Bow River pathway along 7th Street S.W. to 8th Avenue S.W.

The cycle track has a physical barrier between the bike rider and regular traffic.

Officials say the protected cycle track is perfect for those who are thinking of riding into work but are intimidated by the high traffic volumes.

“Cycle tracks are the missing link for cyclists, and are the most protected place to travel by bike in one of the busiest areas of Calgary – the downtown core,” says Transportation Planning director Don Mulligan.

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Since 2006 there has been a 35 per cent increase in bicycle trips into and out of the downtown area.

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The opening of the cycle track comes after a four month public engagement program.

More than 200 people who live, work and travel to the area responded.

The City says they will continue working with citizens to establish the remaining east-west/north-south cycle track network with connections to the 7 Street S.W. cycle track.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 7th Street cycle track from The City of Calgary.

The 7 Street S.W. cycle track is opening to bicycles. The City of Calgary

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