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Posted on October 4, 2012 by Maz
Is this one of the crazier ideas that has come out of city hall lately? Don’t road with cars & trucks need the resources first.
October 5, 2012
This “poll” is not only highly misleading, but grossly socially irresponsible for an online and live-air organization to broadcast. It is misleading because the facts were incorrect and/or incorrectly interpreted.
Here is a more socially responsible approach: http://bikecalgary.org/comment/28658#comment-28658
So, according to the City, Roads maintains 15,000 lane-km. Last-year’s budget, as per the Herald, was $34.7M (though it was ultimately overspent at $38.1M). This means, each lane-km (on average) was budgeted at around $2K ($2,313 per lane-km to be exact). Also, according to news coverage, there are 27 lane-km of on-street marked bike routes, however, most are already on Priority 1 designated roads. In fact, it’s been communicated that only an additional 10km of on-street bike routes will be upgraded to Priority 1, from Priority 2.
What does this mean?
17 lane-km is already designated Priority 1. Keeping in mind that Priority 1 routes are also snow routes, this essentially means that the roads will be maintained to the level they are already supposed to be maintained at, i.e. curb-to-curb clearing…including the bike lanes. No additional cost. Benefit to cyclists…full use of the bike lane. Benefit to motorists…no bicycles in the “driving” lanes. Win-win.
10 lane-km will be upgraded to Priority 1. Since these bike routes are already cleared to Priority 2 level, the additional cost should be minimal…the clearing will just happen faster. If one wanted to try and put a number on it, they could suggest that 10 lane-km x $2,313 per lane-km = $23,100, though this would be incorrectly assuming absolutely no snow clearing in the first place. Probably negligible additional cost. Benefit to motorists…10 lane-km of new Priority 1 routes (since the whole road will probably be cleared to the standard). Benefit to cyclists…same. Again, win-win.
October 5, 2012
What is wrong with you people? Just because you don’t ride your bike in the winter, you feel that no one else should be allowed to ride either? The money represents something like 0.03% of the snow clearing budget. Get some perspective.
October 9, 2012
Between 1 and 2% of daily commuters (4,000-8,000 people) use their bicycle daily, year round, and 6% of adult Calgarians (44,000) use their bicycle regularly for transportation. 59% of adult Calgarians would ride bicycles more often if there were safe facilities. The City of Calgary still lags behind other major Canadian and international centers in terms of on-street facilities for cyclists. Out of 15,000 lane kilometres of roads in Calgary, there are only 27 lane km (i.e., less than 0.2% of the total) of dedicated bike lanes, almost all of that are paint-only bike lanes, and some are shared with busses or only in force during rush hour. The downtown core has no dedicated bike lanes at all, despite 5% of downtown commuter street traffic already being bicycles. The City spends about 0.5% of its transportation budget annually on cycling. Transportation expenses including roads ismainly paid from general taxes which Calgarians who ride bicycles pay like everyone else. Only 30% of transportation infrastructure cost is covered by gas and fuel taxes: *cyclists subsidize Calgary’s roads and public transit system.*
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