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
When a Shared Pathway 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
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
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 13 locations along the new bike lanes. These counts are taking place approximately every 2 weeks to retrieve examples from weekdays, the weekend, holidays and event days. This data will be crucial for planning and managing cycling infrastructure.
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.