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Learn everything you need to know to comfortably ride, walk and drive the Downtown Bike Network.
Edmonton’s new adaptable Downtown Bike Network offers over 7.8 km of protected bike lanes, shared roadways, and paths to help and inspire Edmontonians of all ages to try new ways travelling to get around Downtown.
An important new sign on the bike lanes is the “No Right Turn on a Red.”
Green paint indicates points on the road where drivers and cyclists might cross paths.
Cyclists will be traveling quickly and coming from both directions in the bike lanes.
Green Stripes or White Dashed Paint indicates that a bike lane is crossing an intersection or accessway such as an alleyway or entrance into a parking lot.
Bicycle Signals will be located throughout the Downtown Bike Network. Refer to these signals when crossing intersections. Signal timings may be adjusted as the Downtown Bike Network evolves.
Protected bike lanes are on-street bike facilities protected from moving and parked cars by a physical barrier. These lanes make driving and cycling more comfortable by creating a dedicated space on the road for people to bike. Protected bike lanes may allow for travel in one or both directions.
Striped green paint indicates that a bike lane is crossing an intersection or accessway such as an alleyway or entrance into a parking lot.
Green Bike Boxes painted in a driving lane allow cyclists to do two things:
Green Bike Turn Boxes painted at intersections provide cyclists with a safe way to turn left or right. These boxes can be found in the bike lane or in a driving lane.
Note: Crossing two lanes of traffic to make a left or right turn from a protected bike lane is not permitted.
Bike-triggered crossings help cyclists to cross at intersections.
A Raised Crossing brings the level of the roadway to that of the adjacent bus stop. Transit users will be getting on and off the bus at this location.
Shared pathways are for many activities. You can bike, walk, run and more. Some sidewalks may be designated as Shared Pathways. Watch for signs.
When a Shared Pathway crosses an intersection, the crosswalk will be lined with White Squares. These squares identify shared bicycle and pedestrian crossings and may be controlled by a pedestrian walk light and traffic signal.
The Downtown Bike Network is adaptable to respond to major shifts in traffic and infrastructure.
As projects are completed, like the Valley Line LRT and ICE District, the City has the ability to adjust the network.
Evaluation and monitoring of the Downtown Bike Network will be ongoing and adjustments will be made as needed to ensure the network stays a safe and accessible transportation option, while minimizing impacts on other modes of transportation.
There will be an evaluation period to determine how the network is operating before any potential changes are considered.
We have partnered with the University of Alberta to develop a performance monitoring framework for the Downtown Bike Network.
The following tasks will be completed as part of this work:
As a part of the evaluation of the Downtown Bike Network, bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle traffic counts are being monitored with single day counts at 13 locations along the new bike lanes. These counts are taking place approximately every 2 weeks to retrieve examples from weekdays, the weekend, holidays and event days. This data will be crucial for planning and managing cycling infrastructure.
Maintaining and clearing the Downtown Bike Network will be crucial in ensuring it stays an accessible and safe route for everyone. The width of the protected bike lanes allow room for most City maintenance equipment to clean the network in the spring, summer, and fall.
During the winter, the Downtown Bike Network will have dedicated crews to provide snow and ice control. Road maintenance activities that will be involved in maintaining a clear bike lane will include sweeping, removing snow from buffer areas and clearing snow from adjacent sidewalks. The Downtown Bike Network is part of the City’s primary bike network the City will make best efforts to plow and remove snow within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.