“Increase the amount of cycling-specific infrastructure by 10%” measures success in improving the ease with which cyclists move around the city. Cycling-specific infrastructure includes the following:
Cycle track: A raised cycle track that is the same level as the adjacent sidewalk
Bike boulevard: A street that gives priority to cyclists (Example: 23rd Street from Idylwyld Drive to Vancouver Avenue)
Paved off-road multi-use trail: Multi-use pathway (Example: Meewasin Valley Authority Trail or 33rd Street Multi-Use Pathway)
Walkway or park path: Paths in parks
Gravel or crushed dust off-road multi-use trail: (Example: Gravel path connecting Glenwood Avenue to Cardinal Place near Airport Business Area)
On-road bike lane: Painted bike lane
How are we doing?
In 2014, cycling infrastructure in Saskatoon was inventoried and classified (see the Cycling Guide). Saskatoon has a total of 1,194 km of cycling facilities of which 80% are suitable for novice cyclists, 12% for intermediate cycling skills, and the remaining 8% are suitable only for expert cyclists (high volume roads). A 10% increase is approximately 1.7 km of additional cycling infrastructure annually using the new 2014 inventory as the baseline.
Four additional kilometers of cycling infrastructure were added in 2017.
Amount of Cycling Specific Infrastructure
KM of paths & bike lanes
What do we need to do to achieve this target?
A new growth plan is needed to prioritize cycling infrastructure projects and programs to make cycling a more accessible transportation option for more people.
Costs for new cycling-friendly paths range from $500K per km in unconstrained locations to $3M per km in fully developed urban locations.
What are the benefits of achieving this target?
Many residents use their bicycle for their daily transportation needs. Cycling initiatives are intended to increase the ability of Saskatoonian’s to use their bicycles as an alternative to automobiles.
Increasing accessible cycling infrastructure will provide more opportunities for people to use their bicycles for recreation purposes.
Cycling has a positive impact on reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas production.
What are the risks?
The historical level of investment for cycling infrastructure will not be sufficient to meet these targets. If a funding plan is not approved, the target will not be met.
Efforts to create more cycling infrastructure through converting parking stalls or driving lanes to cycling lanes may be opposed by other road users.