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

The Downtown Bike Network is located right in the Downtown core. 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 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.

Celebrating the opening of the Downtown Bike Network.
Downtown Bike Network public engagement history, activities and reports.
Downtown Bike Network installation and progress photos.

Installation

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.
 

Timeline

The majority of the Downtown Bike Network will be installed and operational in July 2017.
July 2017
  • 102 Avenue from Railtown Park to 103 Street
  • 100 Avenue from Railtown Park to 103 Street
  • 107 Street from the Legislature grounds (99 Avenue) to 100 Avenue
  • 106 Street from 100 Avenue to MacEwan/105 Avenue
  • 103 Street from 100 Avenue to the Rogers Place Portal (103 Avenue)
  • 110 Street from Railtown Park to MacEwan (105 Avenue)
  • 104 Avenue from 101 Street to 96 Street
  • 96 Street from Louise McKinney Park to 104 Avenue
  • 99 Street from 104 Avenue to 102A Avenue
  • 102A Avenue from 99 Street to 96 Street
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.

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

How to Use the Downtown Bike Network

A bike education street team will be out talking to people on the bike network about what the new road signs and pavement markings mean, and how to navigate at various intersections.

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

Bike Box - Dedicated Space for Bikes

Bike box photo

The bike box, a large green-painted square with a white bike symbol, makes intersections better for everyone, allowing cyclists to clear the intersection ahead of cars. This makes cyclists more visible and helps motorists and cyclists watch out for each other.

Learn How to Use a Bike Box

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.

Pedestrians are asked to please use the sidewalk or alternate defined route.

Protected bike lanes are classified through the Traffic Safety Act as reserve lanes, meaning they are reserved for cyclists similar to dedicated bus lanes which are only for bus use.

Protected bike lanes are the highest quality cycling infrastructure and are deployed to:

  • Provide a safer environment for cyclists
  • Encourage more cycling
  • Support a healthy lifestyle
  • Reduce pollution
  • Enhance mode choice
  • Relieve congestion
Shared-Use Paths

Shared use path photo

Shared-use paths are for many activities. You can bike, walk, run, and more.

Pedestrians have right of way on shared use paths (traffic bylaw 5590).

Each person should understand these responsibilities.

  • On your bike: Use the path to travel in both directions. Ring your bell to let others know you’re coming and that you plan to pass on their left. Always yield to pedestrians.
  • On your feet: Keep to the right and be aware that others may choose to pass you on your left.
  • In your car: Check both directions for bikes when crossing a shared-use path.
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.

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.

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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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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