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Updated: 7th January 2019 02:04

Bike path from Calgary to Bragg Creek mulled

Rocky View County has put its wheels in motion for a pathway connecting Calgary and Bragg Creek near Highway 8.

A meeting is being held to discuss whether a bike path should be built on Highway 8. 3:12

Rocky View County has put its wheels in motion for a pathway connecting Calgary and Bragg Creek near Highway 8.

The proposed pathway would — for the most part — run alongside the highway.

Jeff Quigley, municipal lands specialist with Rocky View County, said most people thought it was a good idea at an open house held on Wednesday.

"We're hoping that this project keeps rolling," he said.

The open house was held to discuss design concepts and potential pathway alignments while looking to form a committee to help the project get underway.

Rocky View County and the TransCanada Trail has identified the pathway plan as a crucial linkage in the coast-to-coast pathway system.

Ross Hayes, president of Alberta TrailNet — a not-for-profit group that co-ordinates trail building in the province — agrees the pathway is a missing link.

"What it will do eventually is connect from Calgary through to Bragg Creek, through K-Country towards Canmore, from there back to Goat Creek and then towards B.C.," he said.

There are few cyclists who know Highway 8 better than Brent Piercy. He figures, all together, he covers up to 3,000 kilometres of it each summer.

But Piercy said he will likely stick to the road even with a path.

"Because I'm interested in riding fast and putting on as many miles as I can," he said.

The county wants the pathway built at the same time the province twins the road, a project that will likely take more than five years.

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