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The 2009 Bicycle Transportation Plan envisioned a bicycle friendly city that called for a comprehensive network of bike routes.

Edmonton’s Bicycle Transportation Plan was created in 1992. Its planning, engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement goals have helped create a city that supports cyclists. In 2009 the City examined cycling practices and infrastructure required to support the growing numbers of commuter and recreational cyclists in Edmonton.


Project Lifecycle Strategy

The Bicycle Transportation Plan envisions a bicycle friendly city. The plan calls for a range of facilities that would create a functional, comprehensive network of bike routes.

The goals of the Bicycle Transportation Plan are integral to the implementation of the Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move. Approved by Council in 2009, the Transportation Master Plan promotes healthy and active lifestyles by encouraging a shift in transportation modes away from single occupant vehicles. Providing appropriate infrastructure for cyclists supports year-round cycling and encourages people to choose cycling as a safe, healthy and efficient alternative to driving.

The Bicycle Transportation Plan, established in 1992, was updated in 2009 and included extensive public consultation and review of international best practices. Specific roads important to establishing a city-wide integrated bicycle network were identified in the plan.

Highlights of the plan to expand city-wide bike routes include:

  • Marked on-street bike routes
  • Expansion of bicycle racks to all transit buses
  • An expanded bicycle parking program
  • Education and awareness needs
  • Improved maintenance schedule 
  • Street sweeping and snow clearing/removal


Project Lifecycle Concept

Bicycle Network Plan

The Bicycle Network Plan is the concept plan for bicycle transportation and defines where bike routes will be located. It's the long term vision for the on-street cycling network and includes up to 500 km of bicycle facilities. The Bicycle Network Plan was developed based on input received from residents, businesses, and stakeholders during the creation of the Bicycle Transportation Plan.

Bicycle Network Plan Map


Project Life Cycle Design

Engineering and Design

Providing bicycle facilities to improve the safety of cyclists requires reconfiguring existing roadways. This complex process involves:

  • Evaluating bicycle facility options based on the transportation and development characteristics of the area
  • Parking analysis
  • Traffic analysis
  • Developing design alternatives

City engineers use a number of design guidelines to create safe, efficient, and effective bikeways.

Complete Streets Guidelines

Design and Construction Standards

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada (available for purchase from its bookstore)

Public Engagement

City-wide and local needs will be considered to make sure planning fits within the local area and maintains the integrity of a connected city-wide route. 

Potential and current user groups, interest groups, impacted residents, stakeholder groups, and local businesses will be invited to provide input. Stakeholder groups include community leagues, recreational groups, and institutions such as religious assemblies.

Input is used to help select a bike route location, find the best fit within the chosen route, and help decide what it should look like.


Project Life Cycle Build

Bicycle Priority Network

The Bicycle Priority Network is the implementation plan for the Bicycle Network Plan. It was created to target implementation of the key routes with the highest potential of increased ridership.

Bicycle Priority Network Map

Bike Lanes - Consultation Process and Impacts (Item 7.2)

Constructing these priority routes will enhance the safety, accessibility and diversity of the city’s major destination areas including Downtown, Old Strathcona and The University of Alberta.

Active Transportation Policy

The purpose of the Active Transportation Policy is to optimize Edmontonian’s opportunities to walk, roll, and cycle, regardless of age, ability, or socio-economic status; to enhance the safety, inclusivity and diversity of our communities, and to minimize the impact of transportation activities on the Edmonton’s ecosystem.

On June 14, 2011 the Sidewalk and On-Street Bicycle Lane Report was presented to City Council to highlight the City's accomplishments in support of Active Transportation in 2010, as well as anticipated construction of infrastructure to support walking and cycling in 2011 and beyond.

Construction of Bike Routes

Constructing bike infrastructure can include the installation of:

  • Pavement markings
  • Traffic control signs
  • Concrete medians
  • Roundabouts
  • Traffic diverters
  • Monitoring and traffic signal equipment

Some of the Bicycle Priority Network routes will be shared-use paths.

Construction is often coordinated with Roadway and Neighbourhood Renewal. This is a cost-effective way to construct bike infrastructure and provides a smooth pavement surface. Building the Priority Bicycle Network cannot always be coordinated with renewal. In these cases, the road surface would be upgraded as a separate project if it's required.


Project Life Cycle Operate


The City has developed a number of education resources to help people navigate streets that have bicycle infrastructure, whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike.

Maintenance and Repairs

Maintenance and repairs of bicycle infrastructure are completed through the same maintenance programs used for all signs, pavement marking, and traffic controls.

Report a Problem

The City works to build and maintain its extensive network of bike paths/lanes, shared-use sidewalks and multi-use trails to provide a safe transportation system for cyclists, year-round.

Call 311 or Report a Problem online.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

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

TTY 780-944-5555

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