Bow Valley Parkway Enhanced Cycling 2022 Poll
Over the past 2 summers Bow Valley Parkway has been closed to vehicles from Banff to Castle Junction; this was met with overwhelming support from locals. Now Parks Canada is trying to determine course of action for 2022 & is inviting public opinion feedback.
Two options are being looked at:
Public review period is open till Sep 9. Feedback can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by regular mail to:
Box 900 Banff, AB
I'd encourage everyone reading this to submit their opinion; even if you are out of country.
I'm looking hard for the rationale for proposed closure.
From the Parks Canada site:
I would be happy to see more animals along the proposed closure and to encounter fewer cars, even if doing so required some auto-free workarounds for me. I assume the animal populations (including a resident wolf pack?) would only be happier, but I'd be interested to know whether Parks undertook studies of reduced impacts on natural and cultural resources or whether that is just boilerplate language, a reiteration of mission.
Adding here some further info I found elsewhere on Parks Canada site, regarding overnight closure in spring:
Edit to add: I am unsure whether Bow Valley Parkway is part of the Y2Y Bow Valley section; I think technically not.
Nonetheless, possibly of interest:
(Y2Y recommends limiting cycling in wildlife corridors, as mentioned in the linked article.)
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