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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.

Winter Maintenance

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. To help keep the bike lanes clear, crews will apply anti-icer, sweep, plow and blow snow as needed.

Downtown Bike Network Monitoring

As a part of the evaluation of the Downtown Bike Network, bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle traffic counts are being monitored with single day counts at 12 locations along the new bike lanes. These counts are taking place approximately every two weeks to retrieve examples from weekdays, the weekend, holidays and event days.

Downtown Bike Network Monitoring

Downtown Bike Network Ride Along

Interactive tours led by the City's Bike Education Street Team.

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Background information on the Downtown Bike Network project and installation.

Learn how to travel with new and existing bike routes on your bike, in your car, and on foot.

Share Your Experience

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

Driving the Downtown Bike Network - 4 Things to Know

There have been a lot of changes downtown with the introduction of the Downtown Bike Network.

These 4 important tips will help you comfortably navigate the Network in your car:
1. Watch for new signs
Two important new signs are:

Yield to Bicycles

This sign tells drivers to yield to cyclists when turning across a bike lane. Here, the roads will be marked with green stripes.

No Right Turn on a Red

Cars are not permitted to turn right across a bike lane on a red light. Cyclists can turn right on red lights at these intersections.

2. Don't stop on green paint

Green Paint

indicates points on the road where drivers and cyclists may cross paths.

Avoid stopping on the green paint.

Stop behind the white line of the Bike Box.

Watch for cyclists wherever you see green.

Green Bike Boxes

help cyclists to make safe turns and to be more visible by putting them in front of waiting traffic. Do not block the bike lane or stop on green paint to ensure safe travels for both cyclists and drivers along the Network.

3. Shoulder check and look both ways

Cyclists will be travelling quickly and coming from both directions in the bike lanes.


Watch for cyclists in the bike lanes and on the roads.

Shoulder check and look both ways for cyclists before turning across a bike lane.

4. Yield to cyclists when turning across the bike lanes

Striped green paint

indicates that a bike lane is crossing an intersection or access way such as an alleyway or entrance into a parking lot.

Look both directions and shoulder check before crossing the bike lane.

Yield to cyclists in the bike lane and pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Do not block the bike lane.

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.

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
Protected Bike Lanes

Bike Network - Protected Bike lanes

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

Bike Network - Green Stripes at Intersections

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 Box

Bike Network - Bike Box

Green Bike Boxes painted in a driving lane allow cyclists to do two things:

  • Pull in front of waiting traffic at a signalized intersection, making cyclists more visible and giving them a head start when turning or going straight
  • Make safe turns by using it as a Bike Turn Box

If the Light is Red

On your bike:
  • Enter the Bike Box and position yourself in your direction of travel
  • When the light turns green, proceed as normal
In your car:
  • Stop behind the white line
  • When the light turns green, proceed as normal

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

Videos

Bike Box Video: Turning Left on a Red

Bike Box Video: Turning Right on a Red

Bike Box Video: Turning Left on a Green

Bike Turn Boxes

Bike Network - Bike Turn Box

Green Bike Turn Boxes painted at intersections provide cyclists with a safe way to turn left or right. These boxes can be found in the bike lane or in a driving lane.

On your bike:
  • Move into the green box found either in a bike lane or driving lane
  • 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 a green Bike Box
  • When the light is red, stop at the painted white line behind the Bike Box
In your car and on your bike:
  • When stopped at an intersection, do not stop on the "X"

Videos

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

Bike Turn Box Video - Turning Left

Bike Turn Box Video - Turning Right

Bike Triggered Crossing - Signal with Sensors

Bike Network - Bike Triggered Crossing

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
Raised Crossing at Bus Stop

Bike Network - Raised Crossing at Bus Stops

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

Bike Network - Shared-Use Paths

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 - Shared Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings

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

Changes to Downtown

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.

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.

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.

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Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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