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Safe and accessible route to downtown destinations and connection to other bike commuter routes.

With over 7.8 km of protected bike lanes and shared-use paths, the Downtown Bike Network reaches within two blocks of many destinations and provides cycling opportunities for all ages and abilities to travel to different events, festivals and locations in our city’s core.

The Downtown Bike Network is Here!

Phased Openings of the Network has Begun

Cyclists are encouraged to use the protected bike lanes as they open. Available protected bike lanes will have “now open” signs along the route. Please watch for announcements as other segments of the network open. Everyone, whether you are riding, walking or driving, is reminded to look both ways when crossing intersections, and to watch for new pavement markings, signage and signals during their commute.

Opening Thursday, June 22 afternoon:

  • 96 Street from 103A Avenue to 104A Avenue
  • 110 Street from Railtown to 104 Avenue

Opening Wednesday, June 21 afternoon:

  • 99 Street from 102A Avenue to 103A Avenue (closes regularly for summer festivals)
  • 102 Avenue from 103 Street to Railtown Park (110 Street)
  • 102A Avenue from 96 Street to 99 Street

Opening Tuesday, June 20 afternoon:

  • 106 Street from 100 Avenue to MacEwan University (105 Avenue)

Opening Friday, June 16 afternoon:

  • 100 Avenue from 103 Street to Ribbon of Steel (110 Street)
  • 103 Street from 100 Avenue to the Rogers Place Portal (103 Avenue)
  • 107 Street from the Legislature grounds (99 Avenue) to 100 Avenue
Celebrating the opening of the Downtown Bike Network.
Learn everything you need to know to comfortably ride, walk and drive the Downtown Bike Network.
Downtown Bike Network installation and progress photos.

How to Use the Downtown Bike Network

Green paint on the roadway marks areas where drivers and cyclists could cross paths. Be aware and take care when crossing. Traveling slower along the Downtown Bike Network will give you time to see and respond to all the new features. 
 
Look for the Bike Street Team out on the network talking to users about how to use the new routes.

More Downtown Bike Network How To's for on your bike, in your car, and on foot.

Protected Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes illustration

Protected bike lanes are on-street bike facilities protected from moving and parked cars by a physical barrier. These lanes make driving and cycling more comfortable by creating a dedicated space on the road for people to bike. Protected bike lanes may allow for travel in one or both directions.

On your bike:
  • Watch for signs and paint symbols indicating the direction of travel
In your car:
  • Look both directions and yield to bikes when crossing
In your car and on your bike:
  • Travel slow along the Downtown Bike Network so you have time to see and respond to all the new features
Green Stripes at Intersections

Green Stripes at Intersections illustration

Striped green paint indicates that a bike lane is crossing an intersection or accessway such as an alleyway or entrance into a parking lot.

On your bike:
  • Look both directions when crossing
In your car: 
  • Look both directions when crossing
  • Yield to cyclists in the bike lanes and pedestrians on the sidewalk
  • Do not block the bike lane
  • Watch out for the new signs indicating changes to turning rules
Bike Turn Boxes

Bike Turn Boxes illustration

Green Bike Turn Boxes painted at intersections provide cyclists
with a safe way to turn left or right.

 On your bike:
  • Move into the green box
  • Position yourself in your new direction of travel, and wait at the red light
  • When the light turns green,proceed through the intersection
In your car:
  • Do not stop in the Bike Turn Box
  • When the light is red, stop behind the painted white line behind the Bike Turn Box
In your car and on your bike: 
  • When stopped at an intersection, do not stop on the "X"

Note: Crossing two lanes of traffic to make a left or right turn from a protected bike lane is not permitted.

Bike Box

Bike Box illustration

A bike box allows cyclists to pull in front of waiting traffic at a signalized intersection, making cyclists more visible and giving them a head start when turning.

If the Light is Red

On your bike:
  • Enter the bike box and position yourself in your direction of travel
In your car:
  • Stop behind the white line.
  • Note: Some right turns are not permitted for cars on a red. Watch for signs.

When the Light Turns Green

On your bike:
  • Proceed through the intersection first, followed by motorists

If the Light is Green

On your bike:
  • To turn left: Yield to cars then move into the bike box when safe to do so.
  • To go straight or turn right: Proceed as normal.
In your car:
  • Proceed as normal
Bike Triggered Crossing - Signal with Sensors

Bike Triggered Crossing illustration

Bike-triggered crossings help cyclists to cross at intersections.

On your bike:
  • Watch for the “Entering Bike Detection Zone” sign
  • Once you pass this sign, stop and wait; you will be detected by the sensors
  • Cross when the pedestrian light turns white
In your car: 
  • Be aware of bikes crossing the intersection
Bicycle Signals

Bicycle Signals illustration

New Bicycle Signals will be located throughout the Downtown Bike Network. Refer to these signals when crossing intersections. Signal timings may be adjusted as the Downtown Bike Network evolves.

In your car and on your bike:
  • Watch for signs indicating signal phase changes
Raised Crossing at Bus Stop

Raised Crossing at Bus Stop illustration

A Raised Crossing brings the level of the roadway to that
of the adjacent bus stop. Transit users will be getting on
and off the bus at this location.

On your bike:
  • Slow down and yield to pedestrians
On your feet:
  • Be aware and look both ways before crossing
  • Do not wait/stand in the crossing
Shared-Use Paths

Shared Use Path illustration

Shared-use paths are for many activities. You can bike, walk, run, and more. Some sidewalks may be designated as Shared-Use Paths. Watch for signs.

On your bike: 
  • Use the path to travel in both directions
  • Ring your bell to pass
  • Slow down and pass on the left
  • Yield to slower users
On your feet: 
  • Keep to the right 
  • Be aware that others may choose to pass you on your left
In your car: 
  • Check both directions and shoulder check for bikes when crossing a shared-use path 
White Squares at Crosswalks - Shared Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings

White Squares at Crosswalks illustration

When a Shared-Use Path crosses an intersection, the
crosswalk will be lined with White Squares. These squares
identify shared bicycle and pedestrian crossings and may
be controlled by a pedestrian walk light and traffic signal.

On your bike:
  • There is no need to dismount your bike to cross.
  • At a crosswalk with a pedestrian light: cross when the walk light is on.
  • At a crosswalk without a pedestrian light: yield to cars and pedestrians before entering the roadway and cross when it’s safe to do so.
In your car:
  • Be aware that people on bikes may be riding across the intersection

Share Your Experience

We want to hear about your experiences using the bike network as cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, businesses, and residents.

Installation

Installation for the Downtown Bike Network has started.

The installation work will be ongoing throughout summer 2017 in the downtown core, and will include removing pavement markings, and installing new markings, signage and signals in certain locations.

All modes of transportation are reminded to watch for changes as they travel through downtown. Pedestrians, cyclists and bus access will continue to be maintained, unless otherwise noted. 

There will be parking restrictions in place along the bike network during the installation. Visit edmonton.ca/trafficdisruptions to view updates and current construction activities.

Download Downtown Bike Network Map showing lane types, landmarks and trails.

Use the map by clicking   to expand the side bar.
 

Timeline

The majority of the Downtown Bike Network will be installed and operational in July 2017.
July 2017
  • 99 Street from 102A Avenue to 103A Avenue (closes regularly for summer festivals)
  • 100 Avenue from 103 Street to Ribbon of Steel (110 Street)
  • 102 Avenue from 103 Street to Railtown Park (110 Street)
  • 102A Avenue from 96 Street to 99 Street
  • 103 Street from 100 Avenue to Rogers Place (103 Avenue)
  • 103A Avenue from 96 Street to 101 Street
  • 106 Street from 100 Avenue to MacEwan University (105 Avenue)
  • 107 Street from the Legislature grounds (99 Avenue) to 100 Avenue
  • 110 Street from Railtown Park to MacEwan University (105 Avenue)
Later 2017
  • Protected bike lanes connecting to Downtown on 102 Avenue from Railtown Park to 125 Street will be completed in 2017 through the 102 Avenue Bike Route project
  • To allow for repaving of portions of 105 Avenue, 105 Avenue from 116 Street to 101 Street will not be operational as an cycling facility until later in 2017
  • 96 Street from Louise McKinney Park to 104 Avenue
Future

Certain sections of the network including 99 Street, between Jasper Avenue and 102A Avenue will be impacted by Stanley Milner Library construction and Valley Line stage 1 construction. This connection is currently under review with other downtown reconstruction projects and will be integrated at a later date as construction is completed.

ICE District construction is currently impacting 103 Street between 103 Avenue and 104 Avenue and the addition to the bike network will be incorporated as a connection to key destinations once this area of Ice District construction is complete.

Changes to Downtown

Bus Routes

Three bus routes were changed due to the Downtown Bike Network starting April 2017.
Route 52

Now operates on 107 Street/Jasper Avenue in both directions from Government Centre.
Service removed from 100 Avenue/103 Street.
Schedules remain unchanged.

Route 70

Now travels in a clockwise direction along the Downtown loop.
Some schedules may change.

Route 309

Now operates on 107 Street/Jasper Avenue in both directions.
Service removed from 100 Avenue/103 Street.
Schedules remain unchanged.

For further updates and changes, visit takeets.com.

Parking

There will be adjustments to parking in some parts of the Downtown Bike Network.

The routes chosen were identified as having the lowest impact on parking. No residential or private parking has been removed, and additional stalls have been added where available. Parking that was removed was due to safety implications for both the operation of the roadway and the cycling facility.

Certain parking stalls will be relocated next to the concrete parking curbs within the roadway, in between the roadway and protected bike lane. Epark payment machines will still be located on the sidewalk. Parking stalls that are relocated next to concrete parking curbs may not be fully accessible.

Bike parking is available throughout downtown.

It is planned to provide additional bike parking along the network.

To see where existing public bike parking is available or to request additional bike parking please visit Bike Parking.

Roadways

There will also be changes for motorists along the Downtown Bike Network that include signage changes and new signal phasing.

Motorists are reminded to yield to cyclists and take extra precaution surrounding alleys and access openings.

Traffic Impacts

The City of Edmonton has partnered with the University of Alberta to monitor traffic impacts and the level of use of the downtown network.

We have installed new traffic signal communications systems as a part of the project to be able to react with changes to traffic signal systems more quickly.

As the network opens this summer, there will be minor adjustments for all modes of transportation.

If you are experience continued traffic congestion due to the network, please contact 311 and the traffic operations team will be able to assess and address your concern.

We are continuing to monitoring traffic and are responding/making changes when needed.

Connections

The Downtown Bike Network will connect to major Downtown destinations such as Ice District and Churchill Square. Downtown education institutions including MacEwan University and Norquest College are also along the network.

Many residences and businesses are also near or along the network, allowing for another mode of transportation to get to these locations.

Key connections to outside downtown include:
  • The shared use path next to the Capital LRT Line/ CN Rail Line to the Northeast
  • The River Valley, via Louise McKinney Park
  • Railtown Park and the High Level Bridge
  • The 102 Avenue Bike Route through Oliver, Westmount, Glenora
  • The shared use path next to the Metro LRT Line to NAIT
  • The shared use path next to 121 Street

Network Adaptability

The Downtown Bike Network is adaptable to respond to major shifts in traffic and infrastructure.

As projects are completed, like the Valley Line LRT and ICE District, the City has the ability to adjust the network.

Evaluation and monitoring of the Downtown Bike Network will be ongoing and adjustments will be made as needed to ensure the network stays a safe and accessible transportation option, while minimizing impacts on other modes of transportation.

There will be an evaluation period to determine how the network is operating before any potential changes are considered.

Evaluation and Performance Monitoring

We have partnered with the University of Alberta to develop a performance monitoring framework for the Downtown Bike Network.

The following tasks will be completed as part of this work:

Measure the connectivity of the current bicycle network and the proposed bike network.
Develop an overall evaluation framework for the purpose of monitoring network performance over time.
Monitor network performance before and after installation of the Downtown Bike Network.

Thirteen eco-counters will also be placed along the route to track bike traffic. These counters will allow us to measure and report on bicycle traffic along the route. This data will be crucial for planning and managing cycling infrastructure.

Downtown Bike Network Maintenance

Maintaining and clearing the Downtown Bike Network will be crucial in ensuring it stays an accessible and safe route for everyone.

The width of the protected bike lanes allow room for most City maintenance equipment to clean the network in the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, the Downtown Bike Network will have dedicated crews to provide snow and ice control.

Road maintenance activities that will be involved in maintaining a clear bike lane will include sweeping, removing snow from buffer areas and clearing snow from adjacent sidewalks. The Downtown Bike Network is part of the City’s primary bike network the City will make best efforts to plow and remove snow within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.

Background

Downtown Bike Network Need Identified

In June 2014, Edmonton City Council approved the 2014-2018 Bike Infrastructure Plan, which identified the need to build high quality bike lanes in core areas of the city, including Downtown.

This type of infrastructure provides a safe environment for cyclists to be separated from other modes of transportation, and encourages more cycling while supporting a healthy and economically-friendly lifestyle. The end goal is to meet the transportation needs of all our citizens, and cycling is an important element of transportation planning to build a livable and vibrant city.

As the youngest and second-fastest growing city in Canada, Edmonton continues to see growth in the cycling community and an increased need for robust and year-round cycling options.The Downtown Bike Network also supports the anticipated needs of residents and the workforce, which is moving towards more sustainable infrastructure and active transportation options.

The Downtown Bike Network also supports the City of Edmonton’s Vision Zero initiative, a long-term strategy with a goal for zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Route Selection Principles and Factors

The guiding principles while designing the Downtown Bike Network were to provide a safe and accessible cycling option while minimizing the effects on parking, traffic and transit.

The City of Edmonton reviewed traffic operations to identify roadways that had existing capacity and could accommodate protected bike lanes. The roads selected balance the needs of the community and commuters.

The factors considered to assess and identify the streets that comprise the proposed network include:

Traffic Operations

impacts to motorists

Construction Activity

impacts of ongoing construction

Connection and Continuity

links to bike facilities outside of downtown

Public Transit

impacts to transit operations

Parking

impacts to on-street parking and loading

Pavement Conditions and Timelines

impact of pavement on ride quality and timeline to improve pavement conditions

Recently Completed Improvements

leveraging recent upgrades to road infrastructure (for example, 96 Street/The Armature)

Project History
2016

On July 12, 2016, Councillor Scott Mckeen presented a motion at City Council, “That Administration, in partnership with Stantec, provide an updated report on a minimum grid for physically separated bike lane infrastructure in the City of Edmonton's core and the report should include the potential use of relatively inexpensive (within existing resources) temporary infrastructure (example: bollards, mobile concrete curbs), as can be found in the City of Calgary's pilot project.”

The report went to Council September, 2016 and included three choices, and an estimated cost and completion of implementation. The report passed unanimously with the first choice, implementing the Downtown Bike Network by June/July, 2017.


2014

Bike locations were identified in the Bicycle Transportation Plan, and in June 2014, Edmonton City Council approved the 2014-2018 Bike Infrastructure Plan. This plan identified the need to build high quality bike lanes in core areas of the city, including downtown. This type of infrastructure provides a safe environment for cyclists to be separated from other modes of transportation, and encourages more cycling while supporting a healthy and economically-friendly lifestyle.


2009

Edmonton City Council approved the Bicycle Transportation Plan in 2009, which called for the installation of close to 500 km of on-street cycling facilities within the next 10 to 20 years.

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