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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

2011-13 City Bike Lanes & Pathways Projects Plan

11-01 Regional Pathway along West side of Scenic Drive S from 4th Ave to 1st Ave S

This is not contained in the Master Plan
There are no details on how this trail will cross Whoop Up or the other Avenues
Master Plan project 71, 72, 67 (pages 61) 67 and 71 are described as promenades, 72 is an on street bike lane

11-02 Bike lanes or Bike route along 10 AVE S from MMDR to 13 ST and along 13 ST S from 10 AVE to 16 AVE S

Master Plan 28 (page 52)



11-03 Regional Pathway along MMDR S from 10 AVE S to 12 AVE S

Master Plan 56 (page 53)

11-04 Local Connector along Coulee Top from Canyon Crest to University

No Master Plan reference

12-01 Local Connector along 26 AVE N West of 36 ST N

No Master Plan reference

12-02 Bike lanes or Bike route along 9 AVE N from 28 ST N to Scenic Drive N

Master Plan project 49 (page 58)

12-03 Bike lanes or Bike route along 3 AVE S from MMDR to 13 ST S

Master Plan project 60 (page 53)

12-04 Local Connector along Columbia from to Laval Blvd

No Master Plan reference

13-01 Bike lanes or Bike route along 2 AVE N and 28 ST N from 43 ST N to 5 AVE N

No Master Plan reference

13-02 Regional Pathway along Crowsnest Trail from MMDR S  to 43 ST S

Master Plan project 14 (page 51)

13-03 Regional Pathway along Whoop DR W and University DR W

Master Plan project 6 (page 55)

13-04 Bike lane or Bike route along McMaster BLVD W and MacLeod DR W from Columbia DR W to University DR W

Master Plan project 4 (page54)  – note plan calls for high speed commuter pathway.


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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