The City held a public open house at Robertson-Wesley United Church to discuss bike route construction on 102 Avenue between 111 Street and Clifton Place. Members of the project team answered questions regarding project scope, schedule and impacts.
The City has planned, designed and implemented a major bike route in the west central part of Edmonton. The 102 Avenue Bike Route connects the communities of Downtown, Oliver and Glenora, between 96 Street and 136 Street. It links to destinations that include:
- Stanley Milner Library
- City Hall
- Winspear Centre
- Alberta Art Gallery
- City Market (104 Street)
- 124 Street and High Street shopping areas
West Central Bike Routes
Construction of the 102 Avenue major bike route is complete, including the shared-use path from 136 Street to Connaught Drive. Work done also includes:
- Sidewalk excavation from 136 Street to 130 Street
- Traffic signal installation for cyclists at 130 Street - the City's first!
- Shared-Use Path (SUP) construction preparation from 130 Street to Connaught Drive
A safety review nominated for a Transportation of Canada 2015 Decade of Action Road Safety Award proposed an innovative design solution to the downtown portion of the 102 Avenue that would move the cycling facility to the southside of the corridor.
The safety review, conducted in late 2014, identified a number of concerns with the approved concept plan for the 102 Avenue corridor which needed to accommodate two LRT tracks, station platforms, a two-way bike facility, an eastbound traffic lane and be safe for pedestrians.
The road safety review proposed a redesigned corridor that maintained the important multi-modal nature of 102 Avenue and increased safety for all road users. The proposed concept plan included:
- A southside two-way cycle track
- A northside two-way LRT
- A centre-running one-way motor vehicle travel
- Sidewalks on both sides
The 102 Avenue corridor multimodal concept plan underwent further stages of detailed design and was then submitted to the firm awarded the P3 contract for the construction of the Valley Line LRT.
Construction of this portion of the 102 Avenue bike route will occur along with the construction of the Valley LRT.
The 102 Avenue bikeway from 107 Street to 111 Street will undergo further stages of public consultation to develop an appropriate design connecting the two cycle track designs now proposed for each end of bikeway. The 102 Avenue bikeway from 96 to 99 Street is being designed in conjunction with the Quarters project.
The City held a workshop to determine the type of bike route to be installed on the route. The project team presented the route from 111 Street to 136 Street only. The design of the remainder of the route will be coordinated with the Valley Line LRT project.
City staff provided an update on the project, presented two design options and covered how input from the previous session and our online forum was incorporated in the designs.
City Council approved the enhanced public engagement approach and gave direction on major bike routes, neighbourhood bike routes in conjunction with neighbourhood renewal/revitalization, shared-use paths, and safety improvements. The focus is on the east-west routes connecting Strathcona, Garneau, and University and Downtown, Oliver, and Glenora.
The planning team began to interview stakeholder groups representing city-wide and local areas to get input on evaluation criteria and feedback on potential bike route locations. The same questions and information were the subject of a major city-wide workshop.
These routes are high-quality facilities that make cycling more comfortable for all types of cyclists, from novice riders and families to experienced commuters. They were identified as major bike routes because they: have high numbers of existing bike trips, serve major destinations, and there are frequent requests for bicycle routes in the area.
102 Avenue, between 96 Street and 136 Street, was the top ranked location of the Downtown Bike Route. It was ranked higher than the 103 Avenue option according to technical analysis and feedback gathered from residents during the June public workshops.