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BikeShorts | vol 3 no 1

BikeBridge Cycling Association

BikeShorts Bulletin – February 2012

TMP Policy Workshop

On January 16, BikeBridge attended by invitation, a half-day workshop aimed at developing policy for the City’s new Transportation Master Pan (TMP).  Three members of our Board participated with lots of good discussion around the needs of cyclists and other “under-utilized” forms of transportation.  One interesting stat from City research is that there are about as many trips by bike and on foot as there are by public transit.  Of course neither are yet anywhere close to the number of trips made by motor Continue reading

Cycling Backbone Route Networks for Lethbridge

BikeBridge has been working on an idea we are calling a Cycling Backbone Route (CBR) network.  It is our hope that such a network would provide a planning basis for where (and how) the City focuses on cycling infrastructure developments.  The CBR network would allow cyclists to ride year-round from and to any part of the city within a bike-prioritized, uninterrupted framework.  Essentially, cyclists could use existing roads and trails to reach a backbone route and then the connected network to reach other sections of our city.

A CBR is infrastructure and other supporting structures and systems that give priority to city-wide travel by bicycle.

Backbone routes broadly connect all sections of the city to each other: West-East (including the river valley), North-South (including Crows Nest Trail/Rail corridor), Lethbridge College to Downtown, access to South East warehouse retailing, access to and throughout Industrial Parks, access to downtown, access to University, access to West Lethbridge retail centre.  The Backbone functions like a transit route in that the cyclist accesses the nearest route by utilizing existing and unspecified roadways, pathway, etc.

The CBR network allows cyclists to traverse the city quickly, directly, safely, using moderate to low energy, year round.

A CBR primarily utilizes existing roadways, augmented by dedicated bikeways where needed to maintain connectivity (satisfy standards).  In order of priority, the CBR is applied using the following infrastructure and supporting systems:

1. Secondary and residential streets as Bicycle Boulevards
2. Arterial roadways as designated bike lanes
3. Dedicated Bikeways

1. Bicycle Boulevards

A bicycle boulevard is a low speed street which has been optimized for bicycle traffic. Bicycle boulevards discourage cut-through motor vehicle traffic but allow local motor vehicle traffic. They are designed to give priority to cyclists as through-going traffic. They are intended to improve cyclist comfort and/or safety through various means:

  • discouragement of non-local motor vehicle traffic;
  •  low speed limits;
  •  low motor vehicle traffic volumes;
  •  free-flow travel for bikes by assigning the right-of-way to the bicycle boulevard at intersections wherever possible;
  • traffic control to help bicycles cross major arterial roads; and
  • a distinctive look and/or ambiance such that cyclists become aware of the existence of the bike boulevard and motorists are alerted that the street is a priority route for bicyclists.

Bicycle boulevards use a variety of traffic calming elements to achieve a safe environment. For instance, diverters with bicycle cut-outs at mid-block allow motorists to enter the block in order to park or otherwise access a property, and allow cyclists to continue to the next block as well, but do not allow motorists to continue.

Bicycle boulevards often have higher road surface standards than other residential streets, and encourage riders to use the full lane, encouraging parity between bicycles and motor vehicles.

Bicycle boulevards have a snow removal (winter maintenance) and cleaning priority.

2. Designated Bike Lane

Bike lanes should only be required where routes cannot be provided using bicycle boulevards (given overall standards of safety and directness). Dedicated bike lanes are specifically markers areas on existing arterial and collector roadways for use only by cyclists (except where it is necessary for access purposes by other transportation users). Bike lanes include on street standardized lane marked areas that are maintained for all season use and include considerable signage, left turn cycling boxes and traffic signal activation.

Bike lanes have a snow removal (winter maintenance) and cleaning priority.

3. Dedicated Bikeways

Dedicated bikeways should only be required where a route cannot be provided using a bike boulevards of bike lanes (given overall standards of safety, directness and fitness).

A dedicated bikeway is essentially a two way physically separated (by distance or structures) bicycle freeway maximizing speed and minimizing intersection with other transportation users and minimizing physical requirements (grades). Bikeways are not “multi-use” facilities and may therefore required provision of separated facilities for pedestrians.

Bikeways could utilize exiting roadways using physical separation of cars from bikes using: planters, motor vehicle parking, and medians.
Bikeways have a snow removal (winter maintenance) and cleaning priority.

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)
 

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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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