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Downtown Calgary’s 3rd Avenue cycle track to be left in place

The city says it will keep a cycle track that runs along Third Avenue in the downtown core open through 2024 after previously indicating it was slated for removal.

The bike lane was installed in 2021 as a temporary detour during reconstruction of the Bow River pathway through Eau Claire.

In June, city officials said they planned to remove it, which prompted a campaign among some cyclists to leave it in place.

“Members of City Council have heard from many Calgarians expressing the importance of the 3 Avenue temporary cycling detour and have advocated for an interim cycling solution to remain in place, while we design permanent cycling infrastructure for this important east-west corridor,” the city said in a release. 

The track will now remain open on Third Avenue between Eighth Street and Fifth Street southwest, but it cannot be kept in place east of Fifth Street due to utility work happening through the fall.

The cycle track will also be repainted in the coming days.

Design work on a permanent east-west cycling connection will begin in 2024.

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