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.
Construction for the Downtown Bike Network will begin spring, 2017. We are currently in the process of finalizing the design of the Downtown Bike Network. A map of the Downtown Bike Network will be released soon.
Why a Downtown Bike Network is Needed
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.
How this Affects Downtown Businesses
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.
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