Over 7 km of separate bike lanes and shared-use paths will be installed summer 2017 for the Downtown Bike Network. The network will provide a safe and accessible route to major downtown destinations and connect to other bike commuter routes throughout Edmonton.
The network is a series of protected bike lanes that will connect through Downtown. They will be protected from vehicle traffic when on the road by physical markers. At times, the network will be a ‘shared-use path’, meaning it will be shared with pedestrians on the sidewalk. Similar (although not identical) bike networks can be found in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal or other Canadian cities.
Installation for the Downtown Bike Network has started. The installation work will be ongoing for spring and summer throughout 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 other 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.
Use the map by clicking to expand the side bar.
Downtown Bike Network Need Identified
In 2016, City Council put forward a motion for Administration to create a protected bike network in the Downtown core. The motion was set to encourage Edmontonians to find new ways to get Downtown, promote healthy living, create a walkable city, and support growth in mature neighbourhoods.
Edmonton is also the youngest, and second-fastest growing city in Canada. To anticipate the needs of these residents and workforce, we know we need to move towards sustainable infrastructure and further active transportation options.
Downtown Businesses Affected
The bike network will offer a protected way for your customers and staff to travel to your business. The chosen routes for the network were identified as having the lowest impact on vehicular traffic and parking.
Downtown Bike Network Adaptability
The ultimate goal is to create a permanent network that sees a high volume of cyclists safely moving through Downtown. However, the bike network is designed to be adaptable.
Stay Up to Date
The best way to stay up to date is the subscribe to the monthly Downtown Newsletter. Otherwise, come back often to this page for updates.