To support and inspire a passionate and growing cycling community requires some extra care and attention to infrastructure. From trails and pathways to bike parking and maintenance stands Canmore is putting in a few extra pedal strokes to cater to cyclists.
Bike Maintenance Stands
Bicycle Corrals and Street Patios
Bicycle Corrals aren’t a new concept, but they sure look good on Main Street in Canmore. Inspired by a Corral at Pambiche Cocina in Portland Oregon, Canmore worked with Wishbone Industries and Valid Manufacturing to create similar convenient and stunning corrals. There are now four corrals spread throughout Canmore’s town center accommodating a total of 32 bikes within the space of four parking stalls. Street Patios have also been incorporated by a number of restaurants, bistros, and cafes.
Covered Bike Parking
To welcome cyclists even when the weather isn’t cooperating, bike shelters are being provided at various locations. Currently you’ll find covered bike parking at the Town Centre Transit Stop (907 7 Avenue) and covered bike-burly parking at the Roundhouse (606 7 Avenue). Fall of 2014 also saw completion of custom timber bike shelters in Rotary Friendship Park and at Elevation Place.
Trans-Canada Highway Underpass
In 2011 the $4.5 Million Trans-Canada Highway Underpass was completed providing an efficient link from the Cougar Creek area to the heart of Canmore for pedestrians and cyclists. To create the connection two bridge structures were constructed on the Trans-Canada Highway. Thanks to the 14m bridge spans the pedestrian underpass below is bright, open, and inviting. Further contributing to the welcoming appearance and feel is the extensive landscaping, rock work, and the lit multi-use pathways. Multiple informal seating areas create comfortable nodes where residents and visitors can gather or rest amongst expansive views.
Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
In 2013 a $2 Million project was undertaken by the Bow Corridor Regional Mobility Partnership to complete the 4.5km connection of the Legacy Trail from the east gate of Banff National Park into Canmore. The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is a multi-use recreational paved pathway between the Town of Canmore and Town of Banff. The scenic trail between the two communities is 20km long and has minimal elevation change. It follows the Bow River and offers spectacular views of the valley and surrounding peaks. Its official trailhead is located at the Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 2801 Bow Valley Trail. The economic and tourism benefits of the Legacy Trail can be seen in its already extraordinary popularity with local, regional, and international users. Completion of the trail to Canmore where trailhead facilities, parking, and amenities are provided has improved the user experience and brought even greater success to this world-class tourism attraction with over 1500 trips in a single day. The Legacy Trail and its users are a spectacular symbol of healthy active living for the 35,000 vehicles per day that travel past it.
Mountain Bike Skills Parks
Canmore has three skills parks for biking, Millenium Skills Park, Benchlands Trail Skills Park and the Canmore Nordic Centre. The Millenium Mountain bike skills park features a pump track with a variety of lines and an area with different skinnies. The Benchlands Trail skills park has a variety of jump lines as well as various skinnies and rock bridges for all levels.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra security and protection from the elements. Dura Bike Lockers for six bikes have been installed at Elevation Place so cyclists can enjoy the comfort of knowing their bike will remain safe from theft and weather.