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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.

Installation

Installation for the Downtown Bike Network has started.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

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

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

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