Following an 18 month trial, Calgary city council deemed the cycle network to be a success and voted 10-4 to keep it.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, following the vote, said, “As we look at the data, more people are cycling, we’ve lowered the percentage of injury collisions throughout the core, and we’ve had pretty minimal impact on automobile traffic, so I’m quite pleased with where council ended up today.”
Read the Dec 19th article in the Calgary Sun here.
Further comments reported in another Calgary Sun article on Dec 20th:
“If you give people a safe and comfortable place to ride their bikes, they’ll do it.
“Bike lanes will probably always be controversial to a certain extent because this is a fundamental conversation about perceived rights and privileges. What it should be is a conversation about how to make the city work better for everyone.
“If you design a city for cars, it fails for everyone including drivers. If you design a multi-modal city, it works better for everyone, including drivers.”