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20St BIKEWAY UPDATE
Ronmor and the City have proceeded with amended plans to add 4-5 parking spaces next to Odeon along the 20th St Bikeway at 33rd Ave SW. The City Planning Department has committed to widening the painted bike lane to the 1.5 m minimum transportation standard, if possible. Either way, the area immediately north of the intersection has been made more crowded and thereby more dangerous for all.
Here are a few simple safety tips:
Use the ‘Dutch reach’ to reduce the risk of ‘dooring’ a cyclist. Reach around with your right hand to open the drivers door or left hand for the front passenger door. ‘Doorings’ can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal. Watch closely for cyclists when parallel parking or exiting a parking space.
Cyclists are cautioned to ride minimum 1 m from parked cars to avoid the risk of dooring. We appre- ciate this is tough/impossible when your painted bike lane is 1.50 or 1.25 m from the parked car and you have passing cars on your left. Practically this means a ’take the lane’ strategy is maybe the safest
and requires an understanding motorist from behind. You might also consider an alternate route bypassing the area entirely.
So, please, please exercise caution when using this intersection. Let’s do our best to keep it safe for all users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
what happened to the COC pedestrian or cycling strategies? Have they been punted already?
Reducing sidewalk size and bike lane size to gain more space for cars!!!
This is 2017 - make the sidewalks wider, build an actual protected bike lane and get people out of their cars for heavens sake!
I try not to cycle that route, or drive it during peak hours. The traffic congestion and poor decision making of drivers makes that intersection quite concerning. Its bad enough with drivers trying to turn left into MACs parking lot. Additional parking is likely to add to congestion, confusion and poor decision making.
The development of the Odeon did not seem to take parking into account. It looks like they are going ahead with modifications regardless of community engagement. I do hope it is not angle parking. I suspect drivers will swerve into bike lane to avoid vehicles turning left to MACS.
Calgary is still a car centered city and until attitudes and bike lanes become more like in holland, cyclists will continue to be put at risk. Until all cycle paths are physically blocked from drivers, cars will overpower and dominate, regardless of width alloted.
The City is proposing changes to the bike lane design north of the 20 St & 33 Ave intersection. In an effort to allow 3-4 additional on street parking spots beside Odeon on 20th St, they are proposing to narrow the east sidewalk, narrow the proposed centre median and narrow the north and southbound bike lanes to 1.25 m.
This is a busy intersection. Our primary concern as a CA is the safety of residents. A quick online search suggests the North American Transportation minimum standard for painted bike lanes bordering parking is 1.5m and should increase on busy streets.
What do you think? Would you like to see 4-5 parking stalls returned next to Odeon? Do you have concerns about the proposed width of the bike lanes? On balance, do you feel it is an improvement, neutral or detracts from the general safety in this intersection for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians?
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