In Canmore, cycle tourism is an area that we’ve seen a lot of growth. That growth might be attributed to a number of things including the fabulous mountain biking trails at the Nordic Centre. The Town has been working for many years planning and constructing trails, pathways, and other infrastructure aimed to encourage people to get out of their cars and to provide a range of options for people to move throughout the community.
In 2016 the Mayor proudly became a “convert” purchasing a townie bike which he rides to work most days and downsizing from two cars to a one car household.
“The clearly marked shared lanes, bike lanes, and other improvements to the infrastructure make riding to work a breeze. And I’m adding one less car to the downtown congestion.”
Mayor Borrowman highlighted some of the recent work that has made Canmore a truly bike friendly community including:
- 50km of lane markings to increase awareness of bikes in the streets
- Improving and expanding on over 80km of multi-use pathways
- Improving connections with bridges built in key locations to cross barriers
- Providing bike racks, shelters, and maintenance stands throughout town
- New single track trails built at the Canmore Nordic Centre
- Rebuilds of the Nordic Centre and Benchlands bike skills parks
- Completion of the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail into Canmore with counts over 115,000 in 2015
- In 2016 over 50 Canmore businesses were recognized as bike friendly through the Bike Friendly Business Program.
“The Bike Friendly Business Program launched in 2014 has become integral to Canmore’s bike culture and unique sense of place.”
Cycling Without Age was the Mayor’s favorite bike friendly initiative introduced in 2016. Through the program, trained volunteers offer their time to give rides to the elderly. Cycling Without Age uses “tri-shaws” which are electrically assisted tricycles similar to rickshaws that have a two-passenger seat in the front and the volunteers pedal from behind like a normal bike.
“For many seniors this program has offered an opportunity to get out for a bit of fresh air and to reconnect with places in our community that they have not been able to see in some time.”