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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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