Some Calgarians are concerned changes to bike paths along Northland Drive and Cambrian Drive/10th Street N.W. will increase traffic and parking woes in the area. Illustration courtesy City of Calgary.

Proposed NW bike lane sparks debate

Community cites lack of consultation

A bike lane proposed for northwest Calgary is meeting with some controversy from area residents who say the new lane could lead to increased traffic and parking woes.

While the new lane is intended to connect the city’s growing cycle network from existing tracks along Northland Drive and Cambrian Drive/10th Street N.W., residents expressed concerns at a recent open house.

Toni Pilkey, president of the Triwood Community Association, said to those in attendance that the project has not undergone enough consultation with area residents and that the City is being “underhanded” in moving the project forward.

In October 2011, The City installed the bike lanes on 10th Street N.W., between Fifth Avenue N.W. and Cambrian Drive/Northmount Drive N.W., as part of a pilot project. The City monitored and evaluated the new roadway design for the next four seasons, and based on increased ridership, determined the bike lanes should be permanent.

In the report issued following the project, the number of bicycle trips on 10th Street N.W. increased by 81 per cent at 13th Avenue N.W. from 2004 to 2012 and 90 per cent at 20th Avenue N.W. over the same period.

The City’s cycling strategy has a target of 200 kilometres of new bike lanes by 2020. About 30 kilometres are slated for construction in the next two years.

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