Navigating to work may no longer be the biggest hurdle for Calgary cyclists, as some are finding the problem is what to do when they get to work.
Michael Burt began working at the TransCanada Tower last year and, before becoming a bike commuter this summer, he inquired about secure bike parking in his building.
“There’s over 85 people on a waiting list and that means over a year wait for me to cycle in to work,” said Burt.
Bike Calgary President Brent Clark said the issue of parking is one he’s only heard of recently.
“In a way, it’s a good thing because it shows more people are wanting to bike,” said Clark. “The problem is, if you don’t have anywhere to park your bike, you’re probably not going to want to ride.”
Both Burt and Clark agree that, as the city rolls out a cycling strategy that will improve infrastructure, the mandate needs to come from officials to have private office buildings include cycling amenities.
Spokesperson for transportation planning Ryan Murray said there are plans in the works to do exactly that.
As it stands, existing building owners have the choice to retrofit their offices with bike parking and showers, but the Calgary Planning Commission is currently developing a new policy that would mandate developers to include certain features for cyclists, such as parking, explained Murray.