Bicycle Transportation Plan
The Bicycle Transportation Plan envisions a bicycle friendly city. The plan calls for a range of facilities that would create a functional, comprehensive network of bike routes.
The goals of the Bicycle Transportation Plan are integral to the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move. Approved by Council in 2009, the Transportation Master Plan promotes healthy and active lifestyles by encouraging a shift in transportation modes away from single occupant vehicles. Providing appropriate infrastructure for cyclists supports year-round cycling and encourages people to choose cycling as a safe, healthy and efficient alternative to driving.
The Bicycle Transportation Plan, established in 1992, was updated in 2009 and included extensive public consultation and review of international best practices. Specific roads important to establishing a city-wide integrated bicycle network were identified in the plan.
Highlights of the plan to expand city-wide bike routes include:
- Marked on-street bike routes
- Expansion of bicycle racks to all transit buses
- An expanded bicycle parking program
- Education and awareness needs
- Improved maintenance schedule
- Street sweeping and snow clearing/removal
Bicycle Network Plan
The Bicycle Network Plan is the concept plan for bicycle transportation and defines where bike routes will be located. It's the long term vision for the on-street cycling network and includes up to 500 km of bicycle facilities. The Bicycle Network Plan was developed based on input received from residents, businesses, and stakeholders during the creation of the Bicycle Transportation Plan.
Engineering and Design
Providing bicycle facilities to improve the safety of cyclists requires reconfiguring existing roadways. This complex process involves:
- Evaluating bicycle facility options based on the transportation and development characteristics of the area
- Parking analysis
- Traffic analysis
- Developing design alternatives
City engineers use a number of design guidelines to create safe, efficient, and effective bikeways.
This is an important part of designing on-street bike infrastructure. When an on-street bike route is being planned and designed, consultation is held to get input on the unique characteristics of the street where it will be located, including how vehicles and pedestrians use the street and how the route connects to the neighbourhood activity centres.
Bicycle Priority Network
The Bicycle Priority Network is the implementation plan for the Bicycle Network Plan. It was created to target implementation of the key routes with the highest potential of increased ridership.
Constructing these priority routes will enhance the safety, accessibility and diversity of the city’s major destination areas including Downtown, Old Strathcona and The University of Alberta.
Construction of Bike Routes
Constructing bike infrastructure includes the installation of pavement markings and traffic control signs. It may also include the construction of concrete medians, roundabouts, traffic diverters, and monitoring and traffic signal equipment. Some of the Bicycle Priority Network routes will be shared-use paths.
Construction is often coordinated with Roadway and Neighbourhood Renewal. This is a cost-effective way to construct bike infrastructure and provides a smooth pavement surface. Building the Priority Bicycle Network cannot always be coordinated with renewal. In these cases, the road surface would be upgraded as a separate project if it's required.
The City has developed a number of education resources to help people navigate streets that have bicycle infrastructure, whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike.
Maintenance and Repairs
Maintenance and repairs of bicycle infrastructure are completed through the same maintenance programs used for all signs, pavement marking, and traffic controls.
Report A Problem
The City works to build and maintain it's extensive network of bike paths/lanes, shared-use sidewalks and multi-use trails to provide a safe transportation system for cyclists, year-round.
Call 311 or Report a Problem Online
For more information:
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9803 – 102A Avenue