Calgary advocacy group applauds Kensington Road improvements and cycle track reprieve

Members of an area advocacy group in Calgary say upgrades to a highway in Kensington and the cycle observe alongside Third Avenue are because of residents making their voices heard.

The bike lane alongside Third Avenue was put in in 2021 as a short lived detour throughout the reconstruction of the Bow River pathway by Eau Claire. In June, metropolis officers stated they deliberate to close it down, which prompted a marketing campaign to save lots of the cycle observe.

Final week, town introduced it’s going to preserve a cycle observe open by 2024. The observe will now stay open on Third Avenue between eighth Avenue and fifth Avenue Southwest, however it could actually’t be saved in place east of fifth Avenue because of utility work.

Design work on a everlasting east-west biking connection will start in 2024 however Inexperienced Line building may complicate issues.

“I can’t say completely what it might appear to be, however we’re dedicated in 2024 to have a look at that longer vary path,” stated Ward 7 Coun. Terry Wong. “I believe the factor we would like all Calgarians to grasp is that we’re working inch by inch to get to that everlasting community.”

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Throughout the river, work on Kensington Highway is now full to enhance pedestrian and bicycle owner security. The town says the modifications are in response to findings from a latest collision assessment and visitors evaluation.

“The modifications are anticipated to scale back incidents and close to misses involving individuals who stroll, wheel, drive and take transit with negligible impression on visitors movement,” stated town in a information launch.

Kensington Highway is now all the way down to a single lane in every path. Momentary visitors calming curbs separate vehicles from bikes and planters with flowers have been arrange.

“I believe the group began to say sufficient is sufficient and you must do one thing about it. What they’ve completed is an enchancment. It’s not at all nice, however it’s a step in the correct path,” stated Peter Oliver with Mission Calgary, the group that began a petition to save lots of the Third Avenue cycle observe.

“Third Avenue is a giant victory for downtown communities that basically wish to make their neighbourhood extra habitable,” Oliver stated.

He stated each the Kensington Highway undertaking and saving the cycle observe occurred due to group outcry.

“It nonetheless signifies that we now have to stay energetic contributors within the course of to verify they occur, and to carry our elected councillors accountable as a result of in any other case it simply wouldn’t occur,” Oliver stated.

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The Kensington Highway undertaking is non permanent whereas town displays utilization and appears for suggestions.

The town can be on the lookout for enter on the downtown cycle observe saying it’s going to additionally enable employees to pilot and take a look at choices primarily based on classes discovered from the non permanent detour being in place over the previous few years.

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