Category Archives: Infrastructure

Bikebridge and City Officials attend ABBCC!

On September 26-27, 2015, several members of Bikebridge had the great pleasure to attend the 3rd annual Alberta Bicycle Commuters’ Conference (ABBCC) in Canmore.

The two-day conference, dedicated to promoting bicycling as a means of transportation, explored a wide range of topics.  Among these were promoting safe bicycling, celebrating successful implementations of bicycle infrastructure (Calgary), reviewing bicycling initiatives already underway in Ontario and Quebec, and exploring possibilities for setting up an umbrella organization to promote bicycling as transportation in Alberta. It was all enormously interesting and very inspiring!

We were also very pleased that one Lethbridge council member, Jeff Coffman, and two officials from the City of Lethbridge Transportation Department attended.  They were able to hear first hand about what was happening to promote cycling in other jurisdictions, and participate in the general discussion sessions.

To explore further, click on the links for the slides from the ABBCC presentations:  ABBCC presentations.

Also, we were introduced to a number of other web sites where a wealth of information on bicycling can be found. Check it out for yourself!

Share the Road Cycling Coalition
http://www.sharetheroad.ca

Ontario Cycling Advocacy Network (OntarioCAN)
http://www.sharetheroad.ca/ontariocan-s16795

The League of American Bicyclists
http://bikeleague.org

Alberta TrailNet
http://www.albertatrailnet.com

Alberta Bicycle Network
http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca

ALBERTA TRAFFIC SAFETY FUND (ATSF) – grants are available to Alberta communities for traffic safety initiatives.
http://www.saferoads.com/ATSF/traffic-safety-fund.htm

Alberta Bicycle Commuters Conference – be there!

The third Alberta Bicycle Commuters Conference will happen September 26-27 in Canmore.  This will be a bigger and more ambitious event than the last two, aiming to build momentum toward creating a provincial cycling strategy, as some other provinces have done.

The keynote speaker will be Eleanor McMahon, founder of Share The Road Ontario, which prompted the provincial government to formulate their CycleON plan.  Other presentations are expected to be offered by a key individual from Velo Quebec and City of Calgary staff who have been involved in promoting cycling and creating the infrastructure there.  Taking it in and participating in discussion should be elected officials, municipal planning and transportation staff from across the province, advocates for cycling and active transportation, and you, the everyday bike rider.  More details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Extra-conference activities in Canmore that weekend include the  BikeBike Harvest Full Moon Ride on Saturday night and the Bike Shorts Film Festival on Sunday evening.

Canmore is a popular destination in September, so book early and look forward to an inspiring weekend with great people collaborating on an important aspect of our life in Alberta.

City of Lethbridge unveils plan for a REAL bike boulevard for 7th Ave South at City Hall public forum held on June 18 !

City of Lethbridge officials have unveiled short and long term plans for the development of 6th and 7th Avenues South at the third and final public forum held in the city hall foyer on June 18. These plans, designed to address the need for all modes of transportation in this part of Lethbridge over the next 25 years, include significant enhancements to Infrastructure for pedestrian and bicycle modes of transportation.

Of special significance for cyclists is the recommendation for the entire length 7th Avenue South, from 4th Street South to Mayor McGrath Boulevard.  It will be turned into a bike boulevard where bicyclists and vehicles will use the street concurrently, with bicyclists having the priority!  This will finally give cyclists, especially cycling commuters, the crucial east-west safe-bicycling corridor across the central part of the city.

For more information and a link to the full presentation, click here.

Bridges and Pedways: Cities slowly adapt to pedestrians and cyclists. . .

Here are several pictures of a newly constructed pedway in Toronto – an example of how cities are slowly becoming more pedestrian and bike friendly.  This pedway is expected to spur retail and office developments around the Pickering Station.

It was designed to serve both pedestrians and bicyclists, crosses 14 lanes of traffic, is completely glass enclosed, and has elevators in addition to stairs at each of its access points. The $22.5-million project opened in January, 2012 and was constructed mainly at night to minimize traffic disruption.

In October 2012, the Lethbridge City Council was given projected figures of around $60 million to build what seems like a much simpler pedway (no glass enclosure, no elevators) across the Oldman River. Maybe this gives us a bit of hope that it wouldn’t be hard so expensive (?!) to bridge the Oldman after all!

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PRATS | Downtown Lethbridge – Bicycle Users’ Considerations

The City Community Planning Department is undertaking PRATS**, a Public Realm and Transportation Study for Downtown Lethbridge to assist in the fulfillment of the Heart of Our City Master Plan vision.

As part of the study, BikeBridge is being included as a stakeholder to provide the perspective of the bicycle transportation user in Downtown Lethbridge.

Charrettes Design Sessions From June 13 through the 16, the City is holding a charrette design session where stakeholders will come together to explorer ideas for the study area and downtown.  BikeBridge will have a representative in attendance.

June 7, BikeBridge submitted a “PRATS Downtown Bicycle User Considerations” paper as a guide for consideration of bicycle transportation use downtown generally and the for charrette design process.  The Paper can be viewed as a PDF on Google Docs.

Please refer back to this website posting periodically for updates and information on the PRATS process: developments as well as noted concerns.

The BikeBridge Board encourages your ideas and comments, please feel free to add those as comments to this post.

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** PRATS will outline short to medium term (10-20 years) strategies encompassing improvements to the public realm components including: the transportation network, streetscapes, open spaces, gateways & public art, pedestrian and cycling connections, public transit, and public parking.  Recommendation will be expected to effectively address both current and future developments in downtown Lethbirdge.

Currently the Study Areas:

The current study area is along 5th ST S from 5th AVE to 1 AVE, and includes 2 AVE S from Scenic Drive to 5 ST, 3 AVE S from 4 ST to 5 ST and a section of 3 AVE from 7 ST to 8 ST

Getting more women on bikes

At least twice as many men cycle compared to women in the US. In contrast, 55 percent of cyclists in the Netherlands are women, 49 percent in Germany. Infrastructure plays a key role….

… A survey conducted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals in the spring of 2010 found that women often shy away from cycling because of safety concerns, such as distracted drivers and a lack of cycling infrastructure. The Women’s Cycling Survey report, published in September of this year, notes that “women from large cities were most receptive to the addition of bike lanes as a means to start/ increase their cycling.” In other words, the better the infrastructure, the more likely it is that women in urban environments will bike.

From Momentum Magazine #49 Nov/Dec 2010 “Cycling’s Litmus Test”
by Sarah Ripplinger

Read editorial @ Momentum Magazine