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Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

Surrealplaces

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I like their plan of keeping with 12th ave as the backbone of the cycling track and building it out from there. So far it's worked really well along 12th. The other day, I rode it for the first time and was impressed. I agree with @darwink point about the intersection at 12th and 14th. It's something that'll need careful planning...not that it can't or shouldn't be done, but it'll need to be thoroughly thought through.
 

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The Macleod signalling is problematic especially with a pedestrian walk light and a red for bicycles. Only riding this route infrequently each time I feel like maybe the bike signal is a mistake since pedestrians are crossing and end up just crossing. If you're the only cyclist too you have no one else to watch (I compare this to the criss-cross intersection in eau claire where tourists routinely step out when they anticipate a walk sign only to see regular users still waiting then step back and wait)

I also love seeing all the new condo development along 12th ave and the bike lane. I know you can't link the two but I use that as further prove to any doubters of the value of bike lanes "Look at all these multi million dollar condos all being built just because of the bike lane"
 

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I encourage all those who support bike lanes to voice their opinion to the city as part of the 12 Ave study. Lots of anti-bike comments on the facebook posts and I think we need a strong, rational voice to counter a lot of the dissent.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-bike-share-pilot-project-1.5141829
Lime Bike might have competition, as Calgary puts out call for more dockless bike-shares
Not a huge fan of these dockless bikes, I've seen too many people get off one and leave it in the middle of a sidewalk or right in front of a doorway. People are too self absorbed to pay attention where they are leaving these and so many are just plain in the way.
 

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so many are just plain in the way.
Anyone can move them. How many is too many? I bet we all see the same bad ones on busy corridors. And we don't even notice the ones that are fine. We are very good at noticing things that seem out of place, but bad at noticing and remembering everyday things.

I am fine with dockless bike share. Would I like bixi instead? Yes. But who is going to pay to roll that out when the dockless is so so much cheaper to roll out?

I hope that Lime Bikes that are just normal bikes come, and maybe a competitor company. Lime Bike is just so expensive!
 

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Yeah, the cost is the thing for me too. In limited situations the Lime bike can be worth the money, but with prices up there with Car2go it's hard to compete.
 

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I've found Lime to be better than car2go or Uber in certain circumstances but you're journey management needs to be spot on. It would be nice if some competition could bring a drop in price to facilitate more recreational use of them (ie. I'm no longer trying to get from A to B in as little time as possible - specifically tourists, weekend warriors). I prefer the flexibility of leaving them and finding them in a variety of places vs needing to find a docking station. I also don't think it's been an issue with lime bikes being left in inappropriate spots (it's so Canadian of us), but I will add that they are not at all easy to just move if in the way for 2 reasons - 1 the rear wheel is locked and 2 they are HEAVY with the battery
 

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The key is to somehow get the price down. Lime Bike doesn't make much sense for a tourist for example. You don't know the city and you hop on a lime bike and cruise around for a bit trying to find your way. Before you know it's you've spent 10 bucks and haven't really gone anywhere. Not just for tourists, but for locals it'd be nice to have something where you pay something like $5 and have the bike for the hour.
 

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Was using the cycle tracks downtown the other day. First time since shortly after they opened (I've been away alot) I'm super impressed by how busy they are, especially on off peak times. Also cruised around Eau Claire and the Peace Bridge. I Love the public space around around the bridge, it's nice to see something finished there. Like the new pathway for bikes that takes them off the main path. Cycle infrastructure and cycling in general is improving nicely in this city. So nice to be back.
 

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In Australia, I see Lime Bikes parked on inaccessible ledges overlooking the ocean, somebody's idea of a prank. In Seattle, they get thrown into the ocean. Lime must buy them at very low cost.
 

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