Cycle track will remain in place through 2024 until permanent lane built
After more than 10 weeks of community advocacy since the launch of the Project Calgary petition, the City has announced that they have cancelled their plans to rip out the 3rd Ave South cycle track. According to the announcement, the existing "interim" cycle track will now be left in place until a permanent cycle track can be designed and built on 3rd Ave South. Design for the permanent cycle track will commence in 2024.
"Members of City Council have heard from many Calgarians expressing the importance of the 3 Avenue temporary cycling detour and have advocated for an interim cycling solution to remain in place, while we design permanent cycling infrastructure for this important east-west corridor."
-City news release (Aug 30, 2023)
City of Calgary news release sent to media late on August 30th. (Twitter)
Due to Green Line construction commencing on 3rd Ave S this fall, the section east of 5 St SW will be closed until the permanent lane is opened.
🙏Thank you to everyone in the community that advocated with us for this important victory! Every signature on the petition, every letter of support, and every email to the City made a difference in ensuring this positive outcome.
🙏Special thanks to all the greater downtown community associations, businesses, arts organizations and non-profits that contributed letters of support. Your voice is key in shaping the future of our neighbourhoods.
🙏Thank you to Bike Calgary for their 365 of advocacy for cycling in Calgary, including recent guided tours of infrastructure gaps offered to councillors.
🙏Thank you to the City of Calgary for listening!
City must hire a replacement active mobility director
The 3rd Ave cycle track fiasco and the ongoing lack of coordination in City Administration to expand active modes infrastructure highlights the pressing need for the City to finally hire a replacement Active Mobility Director to oversee and coordinate this important work across the city. In 2019, after much politicization by the now disgraced Cllr. Sean Chu, City Admin quietly pulled the job posting to fill the vacancy left by outgoing Cycling and Walking Coordinator.
City Admin removed job postings for replacement cycling, walking coordinators in 2019. (Source: CBC)
1) 📝 Take the City's short 3rd Ave S cycle track survey
If you haven't yet had the chance, please take a moment to respond to the City's survey, which will be used to further inform future plans for the corridor. Survey closes September 11th.
2) 🥳 Join the list of supporters
It's not too late! Do you know an organization that would like to add their name to the list? Have them email us at [email protected].