Calgary Urban Pathways

urban pathways

Individuals looking to promote good health and save gas money on commuting will be able to use the Calgary urban pathways
for a solution.

The city has one of the leading systems in North America with one of the most extensive networks of pathways and bikeways, said city planner
Duane Sutherland.

The system has been upgraded in recent years for better access for cyclists, and improved running
and walking routesfor leisure.

“We are continually updating our pathway system by adding crucial missing links and lifecycle replacing pathways that have met their planned service life,” said

The city has recently widened some of the pathways for better access for large strollers and to
accommodate a growing population.

Cyclists tend to prefer utilizing the “primary access routes” designed for commuting to the city core, local business and education institutions,
said Sutherland.

“Runners and walkers are more apt to use trails and pathways to experience the natural areas.”
he said.

Many of the trails are ideal for SAIT students to use since they are close to the school’s campus.

Sutherland is a graduate of SAIT’s Civil Engineering Technology program and has knowledge of the
area personally.

He suggests trying a series of pathways on the south side of the North Hill Shopping Centre. The city has information on their website, and a new app designed to show the location of the trails.

By downloading the free app, those who are interested can find out what  trails the city has to offer, and experience all
of them.

The app includes information on newly constructed pathways, the cycling network and social media updates, and will give people quick access to the routes.

The city has been working hard to improve existing pathways and now has more than 800 kilometres paved within
city limits.

Non-profit organization Parks Foundation Calgary is an agent for the city whose aim is to create opportunities to
improve quality of life throughout Calgary.

Their focus is on “preserving Calgary’s heritage and natural beauty,” and “ensuring parks and open spaces are developed,” according to their website.

One of their current projects, the Rotary Mattamy Greenway, has added close to 40 kilometres of new pathways.

The network will extend around the perimeter of the city and will have up to 138 kilometres of
parks and pathways when completed.

The Rotary Project will offer the same to Calgary cyclists as the Stoney Trail offers to drivers, said Sutherland, adding that increased usage
benefits everyone.

“It would lessen the traffic on the roads and improve health and well being to
the citizens who use this mode of

All seasons are good for using the pathways, but Sutherland cautions that winter snow removal is limited.

“We try and concentrate on pathways that offer connections to the core, education and recreation facilities,”
Sutherland said.

Walking, biking, and running are preferred methods of transport that will lessen traffic on the roads and improve individuals’ health.

“Any alternate transportation is important for the environment and health and citizens of Calgary.”

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