2017 Election Survey Ward 8

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As part of our ongoing efforts to promote safe cycling infrastructure in Calgary, Calgarians for Cycle Tracks conducted a candidate survey in key wards for the 2017 municipal election. Calgary has made significant progress since 2013 with the opening of the Cycle Track Network, which has logged over a million trips, increased the proportion of people cycling downtown as well as the number of female, youth and elderly riders.

 

But we know the network is incomplete. It ends abruptly at 17th Avenue SW, 11th Street SW,  4th Street SE and 3rd Avenue SW. That's why it's important that the next City Council we elect understands the importance of extending the network to bring safe cycling infrastructure to more neighbourhoods.

 

Candiate Responses


 

Karla Charest

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

I have not seen the data set that was used by city council to make the decisions (they did) about the Cycle Track Network. While current city councillors have that information, I do not. Commenting on extending the Network or building (additional) bike lanes and cycle tracks without that data will not benefit anyone looking for a realistic answer to this issue.

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

 


  

Chris Davis

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

I would like to confirm the use statistics on the existing system and on annual maintenance prior to extending the existing network. 

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

In my experience there are gaps or deficiencies in the existing network. I would like to see these addressed prior to extending the existing network.

 


  

Carter Thomson

No response.

 


  

Evan Woolley

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

Yes.
The Cycle Track Network was one of the most monitored infrastructure projects in Calgary’s history. The City recorded dozens of metrics across the network including satisfaction, safety, bicycle volumes, peak period travel times for vehicles, unlawful sidewalk riding, economic vitality of surrounding merchants and rider demographics.

After extensive community engagement and positive results from the 16-month pilot, the network was made permanent amidst strong support from local residents and businesses. Today, we continue to see increases in ridership and greater diversity of riders of in age and gender.

However, the network as it stands stops short of important community and pathway connections to the Bow and Elbow rivers, East Village, Victoria Park and Sunalta. We need to complete these important connections so that more of our neighbourhoods can travel safely by bike.

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

Yes.
More Calgarians want the option to travel safely by bike. We’ve made great improvements with the cycle track network, the 20 Street bikeway and Richmond Road SW in Ward 8 are all great examples of small improvements we can make a big difference. We must continue to close these gaps in the right places so we have a robust and efficient network for getting around by bike.