In 2011, the City of Calgary set a target of creating 30 kilometres of cycle tracks to provide Calgarians with improved mobility options. Mobycon cooperated with Canadian engineering firm Stantec to analyse transportation patterns and target groups in order to develop a comprehensive and inclusive cycling network.
In summer 2013, we traveled to Calgary to experience the city and meet the local community. Our impressions were very positive regarding the strong cycling culture, despite the car-dominated downtown. At that time, our advice for the city was to develop an activity-based network in partnership with key stakeholders, such as shopkeepers and schools. We also recommended Calgary work on the image of cycling, keeping in mind that a good bicycle network must be safe for everyone, including children and senior citizens.
‘Planning, promotion and education for cycling are great tools that contribute to making places thrive, people participate and be healthy, as well as to the quality of the living environment.’