Originally Posted by Calgarian
Havent seen any discussion on the new separated bike lanes the city is proposing, what do people think of them? I think it's a good idea as it will prevent motorists from parking in them, but it does restrict the ability of cyclists to cross the road when needed.
Very overdue in my opinion. Calgary is badly lagging behind places like Chicago or Portland or Minneapolis. Minneapolis is the best cycling city in the US. I think in some ways Calgary is an analogy for these cities, Chicago's dense business centre, Minneapolis climate, and Portland is similar population. All of these cities have grown the network, made there cities more liveable and grown the number of cyclists. This is not innovation anymore, simply catching up to what has been proven concepts in other jurisdictions.
I think Calgary will get a few cycle tracks although the super stakeholder engagement will take some time. Most aldermen have recognized this is the right thing to do though, and so the question is not if but how fast bearing in mind cycling is only 0.5% of transportation capital budget.
Expect to see all sorts of ridiculous arguments against cycling like, "cyclists dont pay taxes", "cyclists shouldnt be allowed infrastructure until they follow the rules of the road", "city hall is social engineering", "calgary goes to -30c for 4 months a year", or "calgary is too big now to have cyclist infrastucture." Really brings out the most regressive nimbys in Calgary.