Town of Canmore

All Ages All Abilities Bicycle Network

Cycling is an efficient way to travel for many everyday trips. To encourage cycling as a viable form of transportation, it needs to be comfortable for all ages and abilities and to connect people to the places they want to go easily. Providing safe, comfortable facilities results in more people choosing to travel by bicycle, particularly women, children, and seniors. Most people aren’t comfortable travelling by bicycle on busy roads with high speeds. Creating a network that encourages more people to cycle for some of their trips will require separate, protected bicycle facilities on some of our roads, and reducing speeds on others.

Design Principles

A bicycle network that encourages use by people of all ages and abilities should adhere to these design principles:

  1. Direct: A network must offer direct access to and between a variety of places to commute, visit, spend time, shop, etc. 
  2. Safe: A truly safe network is one that is both statistically safe, and perceived to be safe. 
  3. Comfortable: A comfortable network is one that provides an enjoyable experience, such as using soft, smooth materials for travel surfaces and wide lanes and tracks to encourage social interaction and to easily pass another user.
  4. Continuous: A continuous network provides a seamless experience between and through intersections, and has no breaks or dead ends.
  5. Attractive: Quiet, clean, aesthetic streets are more pleasant, and thus attractive, than congested, noisy, polluted streets. 

The 2018 ITP Update details the planned pdf bicycle network (1.18 MB) .

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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