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Old 08-01-15, 12:14 PM   #1
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wonders about Calgary

Hey folks,
I am from Calgary and its funny, there is no listing for Calgary. however I guess I will start one. Calgary is an awesome urban city to visit, has quite a few attractions in it, the main one is the closest one which is Banff National park. In Banff, there are a short section of Trans Canada Pathway which they are working on linking up across Canada beginning in Victoria and ending either in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. In 2013 there were a massive flooding in Calgary which damaged quite a lot of pathways in Calgary. However today, they are working on restoring or creating a new pathway to replace the damaged sections. Calgary has a large network of multi use pathway which I enjoy often riding around the city. I recommend that you visit Calgary and take a gander of what Calgary has to offer.

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p.s if you have anything to add, its free to add anything.
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Hello, fellow Calgarian here.....
Just to add for those that don't know; Calgary has the largest urban bike path system in North America. Certainly no excuse not to be riding!
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Night rides along the river pathways are one of my favourite things to do now. There's a beautiful new park and trail section on St. Patrick's Island where the flood destroyed a huge chunk of pathway, and a ton of art and light sculptures.

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There is indeed a lot of good cycling in Calgary. I avoid most of the paths as they are multi-use and require some modicum of decency with speed. However there are also some good lengths of separated bike/pedestrian paths. The loop around the Glenmore reservoir is pretty decent, the heavily used areas do have separated paths and the multi use areas are relatively less traveled by pedestrians (runners, etc are common, but random wanderers, not so much).
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The pathways around Calgary are what I have missed somewhat since moving to Cochrane and will continue to miss when we move to Victoria. They are extensive and can get you far around the city with barely any surface route requirements. Honestly, it's worth sharing with the other users.

Additionally, the surrounding country roads are excellent too, if you can avoid the odd ******* driver who guns for you (although those are rare and luckily in my limited experience, I've never encountered one myself).
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The pathways around Calgary are what I have missed somewhat since moving to Cochrane and will continue to miss when we move to Victoria.
If you enjoy cycling you'll like Victoria. Especially in Jan.
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We will be passing through Calgary next September. You've convinced us to stop for a few days and check out Calgary. We are always looking for new bicycle friendly cities. Let you local chamber of commerce know your bike paths are bring in the tourist trade.
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We will be passing through Calgary next September. You've convinced us to stop for a few days and check out Calgary. We are always looking for new bicycle friendly cities. Let you local chamber of commerce know your bike paths are bring in the tourist trade.
Most LBSs here also have organized group rides. If you're into a social ride and getting off of the paths, it might be of interest as well.
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MEC downtown does lengthy road rides, and the people who operate it are pretty great. It'd be a decent way to see some of the city
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We will be in Calgary in about 10 days, is there a shop rental space where one can work on his own bike?
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We will be in Calgary in about 10 days, is there a shop rental space where one can work on his own bike?
Check out the goodlife coop
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Thank you, I think that is exactly what I'm looking for.
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We spent 4 days riding in Calgary and it was everything Wrldtraveller promised. The off road paved bike path system is extensive, well maintained, and set in a beautiful location following rivers & streams. I would highly recommend Calgary to anyone looking for a bicycle vacation destination. We plan to stop again on our way home. We also stopped at the goodlife bike coop for a quick tune up. Thanks Wrldtraveller for the excellent recommendation.
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R88, Thank you. an update, the trails that was damaged in the floods, are almost completely done. there are one or two sections that you have to detour around, but still very enjoyable to ride. I frequently ride on bow river from Downtown to the south of Calgary. always a nice weekend ride or whichever day you choose to ride on. Granted, pedestrians can be an issue in downtown, but the further away you are from downtown, the less pedestrians there are. so I typically take a long ride.

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Calgary resident here.
I understand in typical Anglosaxon manner you avoid any negativity and criticism, BUT
dilatpidation and deterioration of this city infrastructure is obvious - bicycle pathways included ,
Go abroad like to Germany or Japan and come to Calgary after like 2 weeks and what you see?
Potholes, cracks , neglect, not swept gravel, shoddy asphalt repair work from overpaid contractors.
So great comparing to WHAT?
Yes,
riding is enjoyable because of beautiful summer on Praires, but infrastructure is crumbling and maintenence standards are lower and lower.
compare what was Calgary 1989 Winter Olympics time with what Calgary is now.

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I always bring a bike when I visit Calgary. We usually stay downtown, and biking is a great way to get around and see the downtown areas. The paths on either side of the Bow River are beautiful, and a quiet respite from the noise and bustle of the city.
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you have to distinguish between greenery /greenery is from mother nature/and actual asphalt you ride on and comparing pavement you ride on with what? with other provinces and countries.
And this comparison shows shoddy and falling Calgary infrastructure standards.
Horrible that city pays contractors without checking actual work done.
Example SE Quarry Park pathway next to river - horrible uneven asphalt .
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