Photo Credit Paul Zizka
To support and inspire a passionate and growing cycling community requires some extra care and attention to infrastructure. From trails and pathways to bike parking and maintenance stands Canmore is putting in a few extra pedal strokes to cater to cyclists.
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Dero Fixit stands include all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. There are currently six Fixit stands in Canmore.
– Benchlands Bike Skills Park (Benchlands Trail near Palliser Trail)
– Elevation Place (700 Railway Avenue)
– Main Street (621 Main Street)
– Information Centre (907 7th Avenue)
– Legacy Trail (near 2801 Bow Valley Trail)
– The Market at Three Sisters (75 Dyrgas Gate)
Bicycle Corrals aren’t a new concept, but they sure look good on Main Street in Canmore. Inspired by a Corral at Pambiche Cocina in Portland Oregon, Canmore worked with Wishbone Industries and Valid Manufacturing to create similar convenient and stunning corrals. There are now four corrals spread througout Canmore’s town center accommodating a total of 32 bikes within the space of four parking stalls. Street Patios have also been incorporated by a number of restaurants, bistros, and cafes.
To welcome cyclists even when the weather isn’t cooperating, bike shelters are being provided at various locations. Currently you’ll find covered bike parking at the Town Centre Transit Stop (907 7th Avenue) and covered bike-burly parking at the Roundhouse (606 7th Avenue). Fall of 2014 also saw completion of custom timber bike shelters in Rotary Friendship Park and at Elevation Place.
In 2011 the $4.5 Million Trans-Canada Highway Underpass was completed providing an efficient link from the Cougar Creek area to the heart of Canmore for pedestrians and cyclists. To create the connection two bridge structures were constructed on the Trans-Canada Highway. Thanks to the 14m bridge spans the pedestrian underpass below is bright, open, and inviting. Further contributing to the welcoming appearance and feel is the extensive landscaping, rock work, and the lit multi-use pathways. Multiple informal seating areas create comfortable nodes where residents and visitors can gather or rest amongst expansive views.
In 2013 a $2 Million project was undertaken by the Bow Corridor Regional Mobility Partnership to complete the 4.5km connection of the Legacy Trail from the east gate of Banff National Park into Canmore. The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is a multi-use recreational paved pathway between the Town of Canmore and Town of Banff. The scenic trail between the two communities is 20km long and has minimal elevation change. It follows the Bow River and offers spectacular views of the valley and surrounding peaks. Its official trailhead is located at the Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 2801 Bow Valley Trail. The economic and tourism benefits of the Legacy Trail can be seen in its already extraordinary popularity with local, regional, and international users. Completion of the trail to Canmore where trailhead facilities, parking, and amenities are provided has improved the user experience and brought even greater success to this world class tourism attraction with over 1500 trips in a single day. The Legacy Trail and its users are a spectacular symbol of healthy active living for the 35,000 vehicles per day that travel past it.
In 2002 members of the Bow Corridor Ecosystem Advisory Group (BCEAG) recommended construction of the Highline Trail along the Ehagay Nakoda Range. The trail was completed in 2009 thru effort and dedication of the BCEAG members and the volunteers who were integral to the planning, approval and construction of the trail. In May of 2012 the Highline Trail was featured on the cover of Dirt Rag magazine.
Since 2006 renowned park and trail builder Jay Hoots has constructed three mountain bike skills parks in Canmore. Each park is unique and offers different features to develop skills. From pump tracks, to table top jumps, drops, and North Shore style stunts, Canmore’s three mountain bike skills parks offer riders of all ages and abilities opportunities to progress their riding in professionally designed and constructed environments.
Stunning bike racks that inspire and attract attention even when bikes aren’t present. Canmore has some eye-catching racks.
Bike Arc racks organize and secure bicycles while simultaneously transforming them into works of art. These racks are developed by cyclists, architects, and urban designers headquartered in Palo Alta, Califormia.
Inspired by the bicycle corral at Pambiche Cocina in Portland Oregon, Canmore worked with Wishbone Industries to develop the Wishbone Classic Bike Rack for bicycle corrals in Canmore’s town centre.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra security and protection from the elements. Dura Bike Lockers for six bikes have been installed at the Town Centre Transit Stop so cyclists in the Town Centre or commuting on Roam Regional Transit can enjoy the comfort of knowing their bike will remain safe from theft and weather.
In 2013 the first Eco-TOTEM in Western Canada was installed at the Trailhead for the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail. The TOTEM is an effective and prominent tool that helps make cyclists a visible part of the our landscape. An Eco-MULTI was also installed further down the trail to collect data on all user types as well as to update the TOTEM display with the most accurate data available. You can view daily, weekly, and monthly statistics for the Legacy Trail here.