Calgary is one step closer to having the largest urban pathway system in the world.

The completion of another phase in the Rotary Mattamy Greenway project was celebrated Saturday. The 140-kilometre network of paths will run around the perimeter of Calgary, connecting 55 communities.

Already those living near the completed areas of track say it's making a big difference.

"We've seen the changes," said Blake Moodie, who lives in southeast Calgary with his family. "We went from trying to hop from bike path to bike path where now, they're all connected and it's safe enough for even our kids to come all the way from Seton to Cranston. Without hesitation, I can let my kids go."

The southeast phase is the second of three to be completed.

The Parks Foundation of Calgary hopes to have the final phase competed by the end of 2016.