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  • Community banners celebrate Canadian pride, passion and heritage 24 May 2017 In partnership with Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), The City is celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday by installing colourful outdoor banners in in communities, City parks, streets and boulevards.
    Saskatoon pie, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts and maple syrup are all delicious Canadian inventions

    Every year, The City and ACAD collaborate on a project to showcase the diversity and quality of work from students, while enlivening City buildings, parks, roads and other public spaces. This year was even more special as twelve students were asked to design 50 different designs to celebrate and inspire pride, passion, and our Canadian heritage. The designs are based on five themes: Aboriginal heritage; Canadian architecture, famous inventors and inventions; landscapes and land management; and transportation.

    The students’ designs, which also incorporate colours from Heritage Canada’s official 150th anniversary logo, will be proudly on display around the city until summer 2018 as part of The City’s Canada 150 community banner program.

    Installation of the banners, kindly supported by Arbor-Tech Utility Services Ltd., started mid-April and will be completed in time for Canada Day. On July 1, the banners will be on display at Confederation Park as part of the Canada Day festivities at the park.

    Flowers, also inspired by the Canada 150 theme, will be on display in City parks and communities as another way to celebrate and recognize Canada’s milestone birthday and further enhance the beauty of our city.

  • Rundle 2.0: Planning for redevelopment at Rundle Station 23 May 2017

    The City is planning for development in the Rundle LRT station area to help Calgary grow in a more sustainable way. Redeveloping areas within a 10 minute walk of CTrain stations allows people to move around our city in a fast, affordable and convenient way. This type of development is commonly referred to in the urban planning world as Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD focuses on creating more complete communities that attract a broad range of housing choices and services to established communities, almost creating mini cities within the city itself.

    The Rundle Station Area has excellent potential for TOD; there are large sites available for new buildings, there are existing amenities like schools and employment centres in place and there is housing in need of redevelopment. However, the area needs a policy plan and some improvements before TOD can really take off in the area.

    In September 2016, The City launched the Rundle Station master planning process. A Master Plan is a document that guides future development in an area. The City is developing a Master Plan for Rundle to create a shared vision for the area and plan for future growth by identifying what improvements are needed and where new development should occur. The master planning process is the first step in planning for TOD by providing a full picture of what work is needed in an area in order to realize TOD.

    These are early days for planning TOD in Rundle and there are other factors at play, like market demand, that determine when development could occur. Having said that, it’s never too early to start planning for the future and this is the opportunity we have in Rundle. Between fall 2016 and 2017, we have been working with community members, landowners and developers to shape a Master Plan for the area.

    We will be coming back to the Rundle community on May 30, 2017 to share development concepts and potential public improvements to the area at an open house. Join us to learn what we’ve heard so far and understand how we are using public input, provide feedback on the draft vision and core ideas of the Master Plan and review the potential Rundle Station area improvement projects that have been identified.

    Event details:
    Date: May 30, 2017
    Time: Drop-in any time between 5 and 8 p.m.
    Location: Rundle Community Association, Upper Hall
    2409 50th St N.E.

    For more information on the Rundle Station Master Plan visit calgary.ca/rundle.



    About the Author: Mike Davis is an Urban Planner with the City of Calgary. Mike’s career has focused heavily on urban redevelopment with experience in cities across Ontario and more recently here in Calgary.

  • Plan your route this long weekend by knowing where and when construction is happening 18 May 2017
    While the official start of construction season is still a few weeks away, there are some major road closures Calgarians should be aware of this long weekend:

    • The intersection of 1 Street S.E. (MacLeod Trail southbound) and 17 Ave. will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 to accommodate underground utility work. North/south traffic will be restricted but vehicles will still be able to use and exit the business access only lane on 17 Avenue onto Macleod Trail during business hours. 
    • 17 Avenue will be closed to traffic between Macleod Trail and Centre Street starting May 19. For more information on the 17 Avenue construction schedule visit Calgary.ca/17Avenue.
    • 14 Street S.W. will be reduced to a single lane in each direction between Heritage Drive and 90 Avenue S.W. starting at 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, May. 21.
    • The intersection of 32 Avenue and 36 Street N.E. will see various lane closures on Saturday, May 20 between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. for paving. One lane of travel will be open north and southbound on 36 Street while 32 Avenue will be closed at the intersection.
    • The intersection of 36 Street and 39 Avenue N.E. will see various closures starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 until Monday, May 22 for paving. 
    • 32 Avenue N.E. is closed between 56 Street N.E. and 60 Street N.E. beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 22 for water main replacement. This closure will remain in place through 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, and traffic will be detoured to Temple Drive N.E.



    Sidewalk repairs are underway in several Calgary neighbourhoods

    City concrete crews will be working at dozens of locations across Calgary this weekend.  Work has started on several sidewalks in communities around Calgary, with a heavy focus on Woodbine, Rosscarrock and Willow Park as part of this year’s paving program. This work will help ensure safety and a smooth walk for pedestrians in these areas. 

    Work in the downtown core typically begins following Stampede, out of consideration for businesses in the area.

    Roadway Activities Map

    Have you ever been travelling down the road, gone past a construction zone closure and wondered what kind of work is being done? Now you can find out easily by visiting The City of Calgary’s Roadway Activities Map.

    While The City has an array of helpful maps on the map gallery, The Roadway Activity Map sets itself apart by being a real-time application that shows both planned and active work. This includes both short term and long term projects including work like construction paving, sidewalk concrete work and microsurfacing work.




    Other quick tips to help you avoid traffic delays in Calgary

    • Follow @yyctransport on Twitter for the most up-to-date traffic information, or visit Calgary.ca/trafficinfo for road closure listings.
    • Visit the Calgary Newsroom webpage to see Transportation’s Daily Road Closures press release. 
    • Plan trips with the expectation that travel will take a few minutes longer during the construction season.
    • Use alternate routes if you know the whereabouts of a construction zone, especially zones operating over a lengthy period of time. This will reduce traffic congestion and related 

  • Where there’s water, there’s risk: What you need to know prior to using Calgary’s rivers and waterways recreationally this long weekend 18 May 2017 The City’s Partners in Water Safety (comprised of the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Police Service and Community Standards), encourages Calgarians to prioritize safety, and educate themselves and others, before going rafting or boating on a city waterway over the long weekend and duration of the warm weather months.

    Your personal safety and the safety of others is paramount, and Partners in Water Safety urges all river users to proceed with caution and to know the risks before going on the water.

    Anyone boating or rafting on a city river, lake or waterway should take the following actions:

    1. Check for river safety advisories. The Calgary Fire Department issues river safety advisories when the conditions of the Bow and Elbow Rivers pose an elevated risk to river users. Also learn the river’s course to ensure you know of any heightened risks on your journey (for example, Harvey Passage remains closed at this time).
    2. Ensure you have a properly fitting life jacket or personal flotation device for each individual utilizing the waterways recreationally. This is not only a bylaw requirement; it can save your life.
    3. Understand the consequences of unsafe behavior. Being intoxicated and/or transporting alcohol on the water is illegal. Not only do you put yourself and others at risk; fines will be issued to those that that do not comply. Understanding the consequences of these actions for your personal safety is imperative.
    4. Tell someone responsible where you are going and when you will return.
    5. Prepare and carry an emergency kit on your boat or raft (anyone in a watercraft must not only wear a personal flotation device, but also have an emergency kit on board. Kit requirements include: a bailing device, a paddle, a sound signalling device and a buoyant tow line.)
    6. Know the elements in advance: check Calgary weather conditions at Environment Canada.
    7. Check river flow rates at Alberta River Basins for advisories and warnings, river ice reports, and more (or download the Alberta Rivers: Data and Advisories app)

    Once you’ve done your homework, utilized the checklist above, and are ready to embark on a river or waterway, take the following measures from shore:

    1. Scout the river for potential hazards
    2. Assess the level of danger (also assess the swimming and paddling skills of your crew)
    3. Decide if it is safe to raft or boat

    Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service will be out enforcing municipal bylaws and provincial statutes this weekend and over the course of the season. Any rafters practicing unsafe, illegal or disrespectful behaviours will be subject to fines. All Calgarians enjoying the rivers and waterways must do so cautiously and safely, while complying with city bylaws.

  • Opening of new Crescent Heights Affordable Housing development 17 May 2017
    Today, The City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta celebrated the opening of our city’s newest affordable housing development.

    Certified silver by Built Green Canada, the Crescent Heights affordable housing development features four studio units, four one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units. Two units are barrier free, and one is built to accommodate the visually impaired.

    Funding to build the Crescent Heights development was provided by the Provincial Government via a $2.1 million Housing Capital Initiative Grant and via $1.4 million in municipal funding through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative.

    The Crescent Heights affordable housing development is a perfect example of how The City can repurpose vacant and valuable city land to provide safe and stable housing for citizens living on lower incomes. Several other affordable housing developments are currently underway in Calgary including a 32-household development in Kingsland, a 24-household development in Bridgeland, 16 future households in Rosedale, and a 48-household development in Wildwood, which began construction in May. To ensure existing supply is well maintained, the Calgary Housing Company also recently completed a regeneration of a 26-unit affordable housing property in Bankview.

    Even with these important projects, Calgary is in need of more affordable housing. Currently only 3.6% of Calgary’s households are supported by non-market housing, which is below the national average of 6%. Calgary Housing currently has a 4,000 household wait list for social and affordable housing and processes an average of 245 new eligible applications per month.

    Affordable housing supports people of all ages, family compositions and demographics – individuals and families who otherwise could not afford safe and stable homes. People in affordable housing have greater chances to find and keep jobs, to learn and build skills, and to be active participants in their communities.

    The City of Calgary’s affordable housing strategy, Foundations for Home, identifies six key objectives over the next 10 years:

    1. Get the Calgary community building 
    2. Leverage City-owned land 
    3. Design and build new affordable housing units 
    4. Regenerate existing City-owned affordable housing properties 
    5. Strengthen intergovernmental partnerships 
    6. Improve the housing system in Calgary 

    For more information and to read the strategy, visit calgary.ca/affordablehousing

  • Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility construction moves indoors 17 May 2017

    From the outside, the beautiful new Rocky Ridge Recreation facility may look complete. Inside its sculptured walls, however, construction is as busy as it ever was. Within the building contractors are finishing tile, installing machinery, and painting in advance of completion in December of 2017. The new facility will open to the public in Q1 2018.

    When complete, The 284,000 square foot facility will provide individuals, families and teams from Calgary’s northwest with a unique indoor and outdoor recreation experience. The multisport fitness and recreational facility will include competition and wave pools, a waterslide, competition and leisure skating ice, 3 full gymnasiums, a fitness centre, 160m running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, skateboard park, and much more.

    The new facility sits within over 75,000 square feet of natural park at Calgary’s highest natural elevation. It boasts 60,628 square feet of reconstructed wetland, complete with 4 kilometres of pathways and trails making it a destination for those seeking outdoor activity. The building itself was designed to add to the natural beauty of the surrounding foothills; the shiny exterior will develop a darker finish over time, helping the building blend into the surrounding landscape.

    The City oversaw the planning, design and construction of the facility – the third of four facilities in communities across Calgary including Quarry Park, Great Plains, and Seton – representing a total investment of $480 million. A portion of the cost was contributed by the Government of Alberta as part of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI). The Seton facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and open to the public in Q1 2019. Both projects are currently on-time and on-budget.

    The facility will be managed by the Calgary YMCA, who won a competitive bid to operate and maintain the space. This innovative model ensures the sustainability of the facility without the need for additional tax dollars to fund staffing, maintenance or other operational costs.

    Prior to the construction of the Rocky Ridge facility, there were few recreational amenities in the area. The new facility provides a much-needed community gathering space in the northwest, and was designed with input from local community associations, aboriginal groups and residents through a thoughtful engagement process.

    For more information and a full amenity list, please visit calgary.ca/recreationprojects.

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  • Council sets 2018 indicative tax rate 17 May 2017 Council has approved an indicative tax rate of 0 to 2% for 2018. This range of property tax rate increases will help City staff prepare options for adjustments to 2018 business plans and budgets for Council’s approval in November 2017.

    Here are some common questions related to this topic:

    What is an indicative tax rate?

    The indicative rate is Council’s direction on the tax rate that will guide Administration’s preparation of adjustments to the 2018 business plans and budgets.

    What indicative tax rate did Council set?

    In order to keep the impacts to a manageable level, Council approved an indicative tax rate increase in the range of 0 to 2% for 2018. This amounts to a minimum reduction of 2.7% from the previously approved tax rate increase of 4.7% in 2018 and will result in a reduction to the operating budget of at least $43 million.

    How does Council set indicative rates?

    Council considers the financial implications of various tax rate options and impacts on citizens. This includes things like changes in the economy and population, inflation, and changes in financial forecasts and risks.

    What’s next?

    Now that the indicative tax rate has been set, Administration will spend the next few months working together to propose adjustments to programs and services that fit within the indicative tax rate increase. The rates and fees will be finalized by the new Council in late November.

    Questions about the indicative tax rates set by City Council? Visit www.calgary.ca/CA/fs/Pages/Action-Plan/Indicative-Rates-And-Fees.aspx for more information.

  • Flood season: understand, be prepared and stay informed 16 May 2017 Flooding can occur at any time in Calgary, although the period between May 15 and July 15 is when we are most likely to experience flooding. Historically, this is when we experience our largest widespread rainfalls.

    How does flooding occur?

    Flooding in Calgary can happen in several ways:

    • Rivers and streams cannot contain excessive rainfall within their banks.
    • Rain and snowmelt cannot be absorbed into the ground.
    • Waterways or storm drains become blocked with debris or ice.
    • Water containment systems, such as stormwater or sewage pipes, are overloaded or break, causing backup.
    • Severe thunderstorms cause localized flooding of streets and property.
    • Ice jams on rivers may cause elevated water levels and overland flooding.

    Calgary sits at the confluence of two small rivers, the Bow River and the Elbow River, and several smaller creeks. The Bow River has a large watershed drainage area and drops from the mountains to the city at a steep slope. The Elbow River also drops in elevation at a steep slope and so it is a relatively short trip from the mountains to where it meets with the Bow River in the heart of Calgary.

    Having two short and steep river systems means that fast changes to high flow rates can reach Calgary rapidly with little warning.

    Weather conditions can also change rapidly. Calgary’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains makes accurate weather forecasting a challenge. Weather forecasters have a tough time predicting how weather systems will behave once they reach conditions surrounding the mountains.

    What we’re doing to prepare

    The City of Calgary’s priority when planning for and responding to flooding is to protect its citizens, critical infrastructure, civic property, the environment and the economy.

    The City prepares annually for flooding by:

    • Developing and maintaining emergency response plans. 
    • Conducting training sessions and exercises for City personnel. 
    • Identifying those areas of the city and critical infrastructure that are most vulnerable to flooding. 
    • Ensuring adequate emergency resources are in place. 
    • Sharing information with Calgarians, businesses, stakeholders and other municipalities. 
    • Operating existing infrastructure, such as dams, reservoirs and outfall gates, to reduce flow rates and mitigate flood damage. 

    The City strives to maintain all critical business functions and services to Calgarians during any emergency or disaster including flooding. The City cannot prevent or mitigate all flood risk to all private properties. Property owners remain responsible for protecting their property.


    What you can do to prepare

    The first step towards protecting yourself is to know your flood risk and the sources of information available to you:

    • Visit calgary.ca/floodinfo to understand your flood risk, and for detailed information on how you can be prepared for flood season. You can also download a copy of the Flood Readiness Guide.
    • Prepare your 72-hour emergency kit. This kit holds supplies to support you and your family for three days in an emergency situation. 
    • Visit Alberta Environment’s river basin website and download the river monitoring app by searching for “Alberta Rivers” on your device.
    • Listen for and sign up for Alberta Emergency Alerts (AEA). Alberta Emergency Alerts interrupt local broadcasting. As well, you can download the AEA app to a smart device to receive notifications.

  • During Road Safety Week, Calgary motorists reminded that speeding can be fatal 15 May 2017 The City is reminding drivers to slow down during Road Safety Week this year.

    Tony Churchill, Leader of Traffic Safety at Roads, says speeding, even a little, can greatly reduce safety for you, your passengers, and others outside your vehicle.

    “Some drivers believe it’s okay to speed a little – that as long as they aren’t speeding more than 5-10 km/h over the limit, they will be safe,” says Churchill. “But the data shows this is not true. Driving just 10 km/h over the limit can impact your reaction time and increase the risk of collision as much as driving impaired by alcohol at the legal limit.”

     

    The City takes collisions very seriously and uses data like this to make adjustments where we can to improve safety on Calgary’s roads, he adds.

    According to Road Safety Vision 2010, 17% of all road users killed annually were traveling at excessive speeds. Calgary-specific data shows that excessive speeding was a factor in an average of 13% of casualty collisions over a 5-years span.

    “Speeding reduces the time available to perceive and react to hazards, and increases the distance required for a vehicle to stop.” Churchill says.

    On average, 94 collisions occur in Calgary each day. While this may seem high, it is an improvement over past decades. The fatality collision rate has declined by 45% in the past 20 years which is believed to be due to better road design and traffic calming, safety education, increased enforcement and because more people are taking transit.

    Despite a relatively good traffic safety record, The City’s traffic safety team is continuing to work hard to make Calgary roads safer by implementing the Safer Mobility Plan.

    “We have done a lot in the last few years to improve safety as described in the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan. We are already busy planning out our actions for the next five years and we’re looking forward to strengthening our Vision Zero approach while maintaining realistically aggressive targets for improvement.”

    The actions The City has taken to implement the five-year Safer Mobility Plan include: Road Safety Audits, In-Service Road Safety Reviews, development of the Pedestrian Strategy and implementation of measures to mitigate identified collision issues.

    To learn more, visit Calgary.ca/trafficsafety.

  • Recommendations announced for the first stage of construction for the Green Line LRT 11 May 2017
    Today, City of Calgary Administration announced their recommendation for the first stage of construction for the Green Line LRT. Stage 1 of Green Line is recommended to extend from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue S.E. (Shepard). This will be the longest LRT line ever constructed at once in Calgary’s history, and is one of the largest transit projects being planned across Canada. As we’ve done with all other previous lines in Calgary, the Green line will open in 2026 with extensions added pending further funding. 

    Fast facts about Stage 1:

    • Includes construction of 20 kilometres and 14 stations, including the Centre City tunnel, and a new maintenance and storage facility, and a fleet of new low floor LRT vehicles. 
    • Projected to serve 60,000 to 65,000 Calgarians on opening day. 
    • This first stage of the Green Line is based on anticipated funding from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments for a total of $4.65 billion. 
    • Stage 1 is projected to begin construction in 2020, pending approvals and funding, and is anticipated to open in 2026. 
    • In the 10 years leading up to opening day, Stage 1 is estimated to create over 12,000 direct construction jobs and over 8,000 supporting jobs (engineering, planning, administration, etc). 
    • An estimated additional 400 long-term operational jobs will be created to operate and maintain Stage 1. 
    • It will reduce greenhouse gases by 30,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 6,000 vehicles being taken off the road on opening day. 
    • Is the most technically complex portion of the Green Line due to the tunnel in the Centre City. Building it now creates the foundation for future extensions, which can be built station-by-station as additional funding becomes available. 
    • The full 46 km Green Line LRT from 160 Avenue N to Seton in the southeast would be built out in subsequent stages in the future. 

    Planning today for the long-term Green Line LRT vision

    In size and scope, the Green Line will be the single largest piece of public infrastructure that The City of Calgary has ever undertaken. The 46 kilometre line will almost double Calgary’s existing 59 kilometre LRT network, and the project tops the list of priorities for The City of Calgary.

    A project as big as the Green Line LRT takes significant time, planning and resources. The City has been working in earnest on the Green Line for several years, and has carefully evaluated every component of the project, from corridor and alignment to development potential and community benefits. The City has also met with thousands of Calgarians at hundreds of events to hear perspectives that helped the Green Line evolve into the project that it is today.

    Estimated costs and funding status

    Early in the planning process, it was estimated that the Green Line could cost between $4.5 and $5 billion, which assumed funding contributions of $1.53 billion from each of the three levels of government. This estimate was based on per-kilometre costs of past LRT lines in Calgary, and did not include the results of public engagement, a full analysis of land requirements, or the recommendation for underground stations in the Centre City.

    Through public engagement, we heard clearly that Calgarians want the Green Line to be built right the first time, which meant making an up-front investment in tunnelled infrastructure in the Centre City. Read our blog for more information on how we arrived at the fully tunnelled route in the Centre City.

    The Green Line will be a long-term investment in Calgary’s future, and will be built in stages over a number of years. Discussions are currently progressing among all three levels of government to determine the overall funding for the program.

    Read our blog on how Federal Funding fast tracked the Green Line LRT project.

    Projects across Canada

    The Green Line vision and planning that Administration will present to City Council for approval in June will then be presented to prospective Federal and Provincial funding partners. There are currently ten other major transit projects in the planning or construction stages across Canada. It is critical that The City present a smart, sustainable and forward-looking program to finalize the funding needed to make the first stage of the Green Line LRT a reality.

    What happens next?

    Next week, Administration will formally recommend the first stage of construction of the Green Line to City Council. The recommendation will include building the core from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue S.E. (Shepard), with the intention to extend the line as funding becomes available. This staged approach has served Calgary well in the construction of both the Red and Blue LRT lines, and Administration is confident that, this staged approach will achieve the ultimate Green Line vision.

    To learn more about how Administration arrived at this staging recommendation, view our FAQ or read the report to Council when it is posted later today.

    Upcoming decision dates:

    • Strategic Session of Council – Monday, May 15: Council will hear the details of the staging recommendation.
    • Standing Policy Committee for Transportation and Transit (T&T) – Wednesday, June 21: Administration will present the full Green Line vision to Committee, including alignment and Transit Oriented Development plans.
    • City Council – Monday, June 26: Administration will seek approval of the full Green Line vision from City Council

    Upcoming public events:

    The Green Line team is holding events along the alignment to give Calgarians a sneak peak of the full vision that will be presented to Committee and Council in June. Watch your inbox and calgary.ca/GreenLine for details about events in your community.

    Subscribe to our distribution list to make sure you’re getting the latest information about the Green Line LRT.

    For more information, view the Green Line Stage 1 FAQ (PDF).

  • Getting around construction on 17 Avenue S. 11 May 2017
    We started the big rebuild of 17 Avenue S. in April. Through May and June, the construction zone will extend from one block to three blocks, which means closing the Avenue in this area to traffic. In some cases through construction, 17 Avenue S. will be closed for four blocks. This full road closure on 17 Avenue S. is the best way to get the work done in a timely manner. But it also means closing these blocks to people driving to and through the area, including Transit routes.
    As a solution, we’re switching 14-15 Avenue S. from two-way streets to one-way streets to accommodate the detour on May 23. It’s a big change, but a necessary one given the impact of 17 Avenue S. construction on how people travel in the area. There were a number of items we took into consideration when making this decision:
    • The one-way 14-15 Avenues allow room for Transit routes to stay close to their original routes on 17 Avenue S. when they need to be detoured from 17 Avenue
    • Maintains an east-west connection close to 17 Avenue S. for people visiting the area by vehicle.
    • Maintains on-street parking, although some parking will be temporarily removed to accommodate transit and bus stops.
    • Provides a predictable, consistent and formal route, as close as possible to the closed 17 Avenue S blocks that makes the detour safer.
    • Signs will direct people around the construction zone so people are encouraged to get back onto 17 Avenue S., once past the construction zone.
    It’s our priority to maintain access for people walking, cycling and driving in the area during construction. The goal is to get people where they need to go, while balancing the needs of citizens who live in the area, while we rebuild 17 Avenue S.
    We heard you! You want more information. For up-to-date information on the detour visit the Getting Around web page.

    FAQ

    How do we balance the needs of people who live, work and visit 17 Avenue and the Beltline?

    The City is investing in 17 Avenue and the Beltline by upgrading the road, utilities and sidewalks on 17 Avenue. This project will see up to three to four blocks of 17 Avenue S., plus minor intersections, closed for months at a time. People travelling by bus or by vehicle will not be able to use 17 Avenue S. in these areas.

    To make sure people can still access their homes from the Avenue and the Avenue itself, plus to keep transit buses detouring as close to the 17 Avenue S. routes as possible, converting 14 and 15 Avenues to one-ways is the best means to achieve these goals.

    Will 14 Avenue and 15 Avenue turn into busy roads like 11 avenue and 12 Avenue?

    No. We’ll be signing the detour to encourage people to only use the two Avenues to bypass the construction zone- not to stay on the 14-15 Avenues for the entire length of the one-ways. At intersections, the existing stop signs and traffic controls will remain in place. On-street parking will remain on both sides and only be temporarily removed for temporary bus stops and near intersections. The result is a detour that will encourage people to get back onto 17 Avenue S. as soon as they can.

    The City will also monitor the Avenues to ensure traffic is moving safely and efficiently.

    Why did The City pick 14 and 15 Avenues as the detour and why one-way streets?

    The City evaluated different detour plan options and determined that turning 14-15 Avenues into one-way streets to accommodate detours was the best option because:

    • One lane of traffic in one direction makes enough space to keep Calgary Transit buses operating on and close to their original routes on 17 Avenue S.
    • Maintains an east-west connection, which bypasses the construction zone, close to 17 Avenue for people visiting the area by vehicle.
    • Maintains the most on-street parking, although some parking will be temporarily removed to accommodate transit detours and bus stops.

    How will this detour work?

    • It will be in place for the duration of construction on 17 Avenue S.: 3-4 years
    • People driving will only be detoured around the construction zone. Signs will be in place directing people off of 17 avenue S. at the construction zone and then back onto 17 Avenue S. after they’ve bypassed the construction zone.
    • One-way traffic will be in place between Macleod Trail and 14 Street S.W.:
      • 14 Avenue is one lane for westbound traffic with parking on the north and south side of the street
      • 15 Avenue is one lane for eastbound traffic with parking on the north and south side of the street
    • All walking connections in the Beltline community remain in place

    If the actual detour is only three or four blocks, why does 14-15 Avenues need to be one-way between Macleod Tr. and 14 Street S.W.?

    The main reason is consistency and predictability make the street safer. The full road closure on 17 avenue S. will continually move west over the three-four years and fluctuate between two to four blocks long.
    Continually switching 14-15 Avenues to and from two-way to one-way numerous times over the year, means an unpredictable street that is constantly changing how people travel on it. This uncertainty and inconsistency leads to an unsafe environment.
    It’s better to make the Avenues one-way for the duration of the project so people can get used to the new way to travel on 14-15 Avenue.
    The City is currently looking at whether or not multi-modal solutions can be implemented on these streets to accommodate pedestrian and cycling traffic temporarily, while this conversion is in place.

    Why does this change need to happen for three to four years?

    After extensive conversations with the business community on 17 Avenue, we developed a three to four year construction schedule. This schedule means fewer road closures, fewer construction zones and more on-street parking open on 17 Avenue S. during the summer construction months. It’s a more balanced approach to rebuilding 17 Avenue S. than the original two-year construction schedule.
    Converting the street to one-way traffic for the duration of construction results in a detour plan that’s safe, predictable, consistent and accessible, regardless of how you travel to and from the area.

    Can we use traffic calming on 14-15 Avenues S.?

    The existing stop signs and parking on both sides of 14 and 15 Avenues will stay in place. The stop signs and on-street parking are all traffic calming measures, which will encourage people to drive back onto 17 Avenue S, once they’ve bypassed the construction zone. We only anticipate people will use the 14 and 15 Avenues for up to four blocks at a time where construction is happening on 17 Avenue S.

    Both Avenues are great streets for cycling and walking. Will this change?

    Maintaining accessibility for all modes of travel is a priority. The City is currently looking into different temporary solutions to make this detour work, not just for transit and motorists, but pedestrians and cyclists as well.

    Why didn’t The City consult with the community more?

    The City evaluated a number of different options, both farther north and south of 17 Avenue S, through planning construction. Based on the limitations (even narrower streets and fewer through-streets) and impracticalities (11-12 Avenue S. is too far away for Transit), we chose the option that we believe balances the needs of people who live, work, visit and travel in the area.

  • Over 2,900 volunteers participate in the 50th annual Pathway and River Cleanup 8 May 2017

    A statue of David, an iPad, a bed frame and shoes were a few of the strange items found at the 50th annual Pathway and River Cleanup (PRC) on Sunday, May 7.

    Over 2,900 volunteers spent Sunday morning picking up garbage from our parks, pathways and river banks. Volunteers included non-profit organizations, youth groups, community associations, friends, family, co-workers, City staff and even cyclists, who delivered extra supplies to volunteers during the event.

    Calgary Parks’ Mayland Heights Depot served as the designated dump site. By the end of the day, a 20 yard garbage bin was overflowing with garbage collected by volunteers.

    Last year, a total of 1,305 kg (2,877 lbs) of garbage was collected. Garbage bags will continue to be collected over the next two weeks. This year’s garbage tally will be determined after all bags are picked up.

    This year’s event was another resounding success in helping to keep our city clean. Thanks to all the volunteer who participated and thanks to our presenting sponsor ConocoPhillips Canada for supporting the PRC.

    Get involved

    The Pathway and River Cleanup may be over until next year, but help is always needed. Here are some ways you can get involved:

    • Always pick up and properly dispose of your garbage, including pet waste and cigarette butts.
    • A variety of volunteer opportunities are available with The City of Calgary year-round. Contact 311 for more information.

    To learn more about the Pathway and River Cleanup, or to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s cleanup, visit calgary.ca/pathwayandrivercleanup.

  • 1 Street S.W. improvements begin 8 May 2017 Construction has begun on a project to improve the streetscape for pedestrians and transit users on 1 Street S.W. between 10 Avenue and 17 Avenue.

    The improvements will include wider sidewalks, prominent crosswalks, upgraded LED pedestrian and street lighting, new tree plantings, additional bike racks, increased number of on-street parking spaces and a centre median with banner pageantry program.

    “The improvements build on the existing character of the blocks located between 12 and 14 Avenues, extending the streetscape design along the full length of the corridor,” said Graham Gerylo, Urban Strategy project manager with the City of Calgary. “This work will create a safer, more comfortable and inviting environment for the thousands of pedestrians and transit riders that travel along this corridor each day.”

    Construction will take place in stages and is being coordinated in a way that best minimizes impacts to businesses, residents, pedestrians and motorists. The first stage of work includes utility crossings along the entire corridor, followed by the improvements along the east side of 1 Street between 10 and 12 Avenues.

    As part of the construction, sidewalks will be demolished, and crews will excavate trenches to run electrical conduit to power the new streetlight poles and dig holes for new tree plantings. This work will require the sidewalk and adjacent lane to be closed. The closed lane will be used as a pedestrian detour, where temporary ramps will be installed to provide access to every building entrance.

    Some construction activities will require excavation within the roadway and will require full or partial lane closures. When possible, this work will be scheduled during off-peak hours or over weekends. If full-lanes are closed, temporary traffic detours will be set up.

    For more details on the project, visit www.calgary.ca/1stcorridor.

  • New pathway counter installed near East Village 4 May 2017
    (Numbers do not display properly in photos but do in person.)

    Calgarians enjoy one of the most extensive pathway networks in North America and on Thursday May 4, it will get a little better. We’ve installed a new Eco-totem along River Walk on the south side of the Bow River, just west of the Reconciliation Bridge (previously the Langevin Bridge). This is the second to be installed downtown, the other being on 5 Street S.W. near the 9 Avenue underpass.

    “Putting in these pedestrian counters is great for us as we can use the data they collect to make better decisions on future pathway projects,” says Ben Ference, senior pathways and trails technician. “They’re also popular with pathway users – it’s a great way for people to see how much the pathways are being used.”



    What is an Eco-totem?

    The six-foot high panel displays a live count of pedestrian and bicycle traffic passing by each day. The River Walk location already has an underground counter and with the addition of the totem, pathway users will see daily and yearly totals of foot and cycle traffic.

    Why are we doing this?

    The Eco-totem will help us understand how the pathway is being used and who exactly is using it over an extended period of time. The data collected will be used to plan possible pathway upgrades and to identify any multi-use improvements that are needed, while giving pathway users live information about how many people are using the pathway system.

    All the information gathered from the new Eco-totem, as well as many others pedestrian counters around the city, are publically available on calgary.ca/cycletracks.

  • 9 things you should never put in your blue cart 4 May 2017 Your blue cart is important in keeping Calgary green and clean. But not everything can be recycled in The City of Calgary’s Blue Cart program. When the wrong things are put in the blue carts it can lower the quality of the acceptable recyclables, cause health and safety concerns for your waste collector and the workers at the recycling facility and can increase costs for the recycling program.

    If you’re ever not sure of what to do with an item, be sure to use our online search too, What Goes Where, to find the answer. To get you started, here are 9 things that don’t belong in your blue cart:

    1) No bagged recyclables

    Your recyclables must be kept loose in your blue cart in order for the machines to properly sort them at the recycling facility.

    The only exceptions are plastic bags and shredded paper that needs to be bagged separately. Check out our video to see how the recycling sorting process works.

    TIP: When filling your blue cart, make sure the items can easily fall out and are not packed in too tightly.

    2) No Christmas trees

    We do not recycle Christmas trees in the blue cart, real or fake. Artificial Christmas trees can be donated to local thrift stores or put in the black cart as garbage. Real Christmas trees can be taken to a Christmas tree drop-off or put in your green cart (which is coming soon! Learn more at calgary.ca/greencarthttp://calgary.ca/greencart).

    3) No tall/oversized recyclables 

    Yes, cardboard is recyclable! But tall and long items like pieces of cardboard need to be broken down into smaller pieces before recycling. When the automated arm on the collection truck picks up the cart, it will not have enough clearance for the cardboard to reach the opening and be tipped into the truck properly. Break down your cardboard and then recycle it in your blue cart.

    TIP: Make sure the lid of your cart is closed to help protect the recyclables from rain and snow.

    4) No to Bear Spray and other household hazardous waste

    Have you ever been hit by pepper spray or bear spray? Unfortunately, the workers at the Cascades Recovery recycling facility have – twice! Household hazardous waste is a major no-no in the blue cart. While the container may seem empty, there are still residual chemicals inside that can get released.

    During two separate incidents, a bear spray canister was put in for recycling and made its way into the recycling facility.  The pressurized tank went off inside the facility releasing bear spray chemicals into the air. Employees were exposed to the chemicals and required medical treatment. Fire crews were dispatched and the entire facility was evacuated for safety precautions. Material could not be processed or sorted during the closure and recycling trucks were not able to drop off material. This photo shows the punctured bear spray canister after it was safely removed from the recycling facility.

    Any item with a hazard symbol on it should be considered household hazardous waste. This includes bear spray, propane tanks, automotive chemicals and more. Bring to a household hazardous waste drop-off for safe disposal.

    5) No cardboard/recyclables outside of the blue cart.

    All your recyclables must be inside of your blue cart for pick-up. If your blue cart is full, take your extra recyclables to a Community Recycling Depot, or save them for collection the following week. Exposure to snow and rain can reduce the quality of the recyclables, and wind creates a problem with litter in the community.

    If you’re thinking of bagging your extra recyclables if your cart is full, see problem item #1.
    Tip: Break down your boxes where possible. It will give you more room to put more recycling in your blue cart.

    6) No electronics 

    Electronics are definitely recyclable – just not in your blue cart. The Electronics Recycling program takes computers, printers and other devices at locations all around Calgary.  Visit calgary.ca/whatgoeswhere to find the right place to recycle your smartphones, DVD players and more.
    PS. No cassette tapes or dirty socks either. We’d be much obliged.

    7) No construction materials or scrap metal

    Whether the project is big or small, take home renovation and construction material to a City landfill for proper disposal and recycling. These items do not belong in the blue cart – they can damage the collection trucks as well as the equipment at the recycling facility.

    8) No DVDs and household goods

    Many useable household goods like DVDs, furniture, dishes, clothing, shoes and toys can be donated to charities, given to family and friends to reuse or given away on online bartering websites like Kijiji.
    Someone will want that copy of Bridget Jones’s Diary, even if you’re done with it.

    9) No to “wish-cycling”

    Not sure if an item should be recycled, so you just put it in anyways? Please don’t.

    There’s a little bit of everything going on in this blue cart. Foam, wood and wicker baskets are not recyclable in your blue cart. “Wishing” something is recyclable doesn’t make it so. When garbage is placed in the recycling it must be removed and then landfilled which increases costs as these items have to be “double-handled” rather than being put in the garbage in the first place.

    When in doubt, make sure to check it out at calgary.ca/whatgoeswhere.

  • Community Cleanups: save yourself a trip to the landfill 24 April 2017 As you begin your annual cleaning, look for a Community Cleanup event near you at www.calgary.ca/cleanup.

    Each year from April to September, The City partners with local community associations and their volunteers to help you dispose of unwanted household items and property waste that may not fit in your black or blue carts. Community cleanups are open to all Calgarians, regardless of residence, community or event date. If you miss the event closest to you, don’t be discouraged, as you are welcome to all others.

    To avoid the inconvenience of bringing an item that is not allowed at the Community Cleanup drop-off event, please refer to the list of accepted and restricted items.

    Accepted Items

    Accepted items include (but are not limited to) furniture (desks, chairs, sofas, old mattresses, etc.), toilets, and recalled or broken recreational products. Yard waste is also welcome at the organic truck, including: leaves, untreated wood, and tree branches preferably in a paper bag (excluding sod), but do watch out for more information on the launch of the Green Cart program rolling out this spring.

    Restricted Items 

    ​Garbage trucks will not accept the following items:

    Some cleanups may accept additional items for recycling. Check your community association website for details. These include:
    ​No car batteries

    ​Baby car seats

    ​No glass (e.g. window panes, glass table top etc.)

    ​Cell phone and cell phone batteries

    ​No household appliances with freon
    (e.g. refrigerator, freezer) and no microwaves

    ​ Paper shredding

    ​No liquids (e.g. cooking oil)

    Home appliances (free store item)

    ​No large metal items (e.g. lawnmower, barbecue, etc.)

    ​Home electronics

    ​No household hazardous waste including:

    • Propane tanks
    • Paint
    •  Automobile, cleaning, healthcare and gardening chemicals.

    These materials can be brought directly to a household hazardous waste drop-off location.

    ​Large pieces of furniture

    No railway ties

    ​Scrap metal (such as BBQs, lawnmowers, filing cabinets, etc.)

    ​ No sod or dirt

    Please note that garbage trucks at the events will NOT accept the following restricted items: metal, home electronics, home appliances, tires, bicycles, car batteries, gas, liquids, metals, propane tanks or paint. However, some community associations do arrange for special services to dispose of these prohibited items. Please check with your community association for additional disposal opportunities and recycling services for items such as electronics, metals, bicycles, baby car seats and tires, as many offer these services at the scheduled events for a small fee.

    Unsure of what materials you can recycle? Utilize the comprehensive tool, What Goes Where? for facts on recycling specific items.

     
    Take part in your neighbourhood’s Community Cleanup
    If you’re able to help out with a cleanup or if you would like to find out more about your local event, please contact your community association.

    For more information on the Community Cleanup program and the 2017 schedule, please visit calgary.ca/cleanup.

    Last year, 109 Community Cleanups were held across the city with 1.44 million kilograms of waste collected (1.19 million kg in garbage and 248,000 kg in organics). A record 116 Community Cleanups are scheduled this year, so grab some waste bags and get ready to help declutter your home, garage, yard and neighbourhood.
  • Proposed changes on the use of temporary roadside signs going to Council 19 April 2017

    Updating the list of banned roads, eliminating temporary signs in playground zones and establishing a maximum height for roadside signs are among the recommendations The City will present to Council in the coming weeks.

    The Temporary Signs on Highways Bylaw revisions are based on stakeholder engagement, and feedback received from citizens through the Temporary Signs Review Survey. Online and in-person feedback was collected throughout October 2016 of how Calgarians view temporary signs near our roadways, how these signs influence their actions and how they impact Calgary’s streetscape.

    The survey results centered on three key themes for improvement:

    • Safety
    • Standards/best practices
    • Customer service

    Based on these themes, a number of bylaw revisions are now being recommended including:

    • Establishing maximum sign heights above the ground 
    • Prohibiting signs in playground zones
    • Requiring minimum distances between signs by same owner/business/election candidate

    The City will also look to update the list of prohibited roads, and create a map for easy reference. Prohibited roads may include all roads with a speed limit over 60 km/h, lower speed limit roads with high vehicle volumes, and roads where there is no safe vehicle “pull-off” places for those placing the signs.

    Andrew Bissett, Leader of Strategic Planning at Roads, said most of the current rules around placement will be maintained, and will continue to support the responsible use of temporary signs. However, there are sections of the bylaw that need to be updated to better reflect the growth of the city and the increased focus on the public and pedestrian realms.

    The City gets on average over 4,000 311 Service Requests a year about temporary signs. “Citizens care about these signs, and The City wanted to ensure the bylaw balances the desire to promote community programs or advertise business on public property, with the concerns of the wider community which include safety, mobility, and sign proliferation,” says Bissett.

    Bissett said while a number of survey respondents asked for an all-out ban on temporary signs on Calgary streets, The City is prohibited by law from doing that. “The bylaw must align with court decisions that the placing of temporary signs on municipal property may be regulated and controlled but not totally prohibited.”

    Next Steps:

    On April 19, the recommended changes to the Temporary Signs on Highways Bylaw will go to the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Transportation and Transit. Members of the public will have the opportunity to weigh-in on these proposed changes at Committee.

    If accepted by the Committee, The City will present the bylaw changes to Council for approval on May 8.

    For more information about this bylaw and how you can get involved or participate in Committee meeting, visit Calgary.ca.

    UPDATE: April 19, 2017 – This item has been tabled and moved to the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Transportation and Transit on May 17.

  • Green Line LRT evaluates two additional alignment options for Beltline segment 19 April 2017

    Evaluation of the Beltline alignment options for the future Green Line LRT is underway, and Administration is now considering two additional alignment options to connect the Beltline and Victoria Park to the future Inglewood/Ramsay station.

    We’ve included some quick facts about this update below, but you can find more information about each of the options in our Green Line LRT: Beltline Segment Update.

    Quick Facts

    • On April 11, 2017, City Council approved Administration’s recommendation for the Green Line to be underground in the Beltline from 2 Street S.W. to MacLeod Trail S.E. 
    • Administration has not yet determined how the Green Line will connect from MacLeod Trail S.E. to the Inglewood/Ramsay station
    • Administration is still exploring the MacDonald Avenue S.E. option (MacDonald Ave option) as well as the option that skirts to the north of the Victoria Park Transit Centre (also known as the bus barns or VPTC)
    • Administration is now also exploring two additional alignment options: 
      • Transition to 10 Avenue S Option: this would see the line jog north from the Centre Street station on 12 Avenue S to 10 Avenue S, where it would run parallel to the south side of the CP tracks until it reaches the Inglewood/Ramsay station
      Transition to 10 Avenue S Option
      • Staged Option: this would allow the Green Line to skirt the Transit Centre until the Centre is re-located, at which time the Green Line tracks would be re-aligned and a station would be built on the former Transit Centre lands
    Staged Option
    • Cost estimates, including potential land/property costs, for all four options need to be fully understood before Administration can make a recommendation. A targeted cost range for the Beltline to Inglewood/Ramsay segment has been established, and Administration needs to further quantify the capital costs and value to Calgarians of each option. 
    • Administration will continue to explore these four options, which will include technical analysis and conversations with stakeholders and the communities
    • Administration intends to take an official recommendation to City Council in June 2017. If further analysis is required for these options, recommendation timelines for this portion of the Green Line alignment can be modified
    • City Council is ultimately responsible for approving the alignment 


    What Happens Now?

    Property owners who may be impacted by either of the new options will receive a letter from The City shortly.

    Join us at one of two public drop-in sessions to learn more about the options and to discuss the opportunities and impacts of each:

    Thursday, May 4 between 4:00 to 8:00 pm
    Alexandra Dancehall – 922 9 Ave SE 

    Saturday, May 6 between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    The Commons – 1206 20 Ave SE

    Learn more about each of the options and how Administration will make a recommendation.

  • Paving the way for a better 17 Avenue S 13 April 2017 The City of Calgary is investing in 17 Avenue S. by upgrading utilities, the roadway and the public realm including sidewalks, street lights and more. Construction on 17 Avenue is set to begin the week of April 17 (weather dependent).

    “You know 17th Ave as one of Calgary’s most popular destinations,” project manager, Logan Tolsma said. “And we want to keep it that way by giving the avenue some much needed upgrades.”

    Work on the avenue is expected to last three to four years. In 2017, construction will begin at Macleod Trail and move west to 5 Street S.W.

    What to expect

    We’ll be upgrading water and sanitary lines that are nearly 100 years old and rebuilding the road, which is at the end of its lifecycle. All this work takes time and coordination. Full road closures on each block is necessary, while road and utility work is happening. The street will begin to reopen to traffic during sidewalk work.

    Businesses on 17th Ave will remain open and accessible throughout construction. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times so Calgarians can still get to their favourite destinations.

    “All this work is necessary so 17 Avenue S. can continue serving Calgary and businesses for decades to come, but the work still needs to happen,” Logan explains. “It’s not ideal, but we’ll continue to work with businesses and communities in the area, to ensure they supported throughout construction.”

    People driving downtown can use an interactive map online that will show them where to find parking and how to navigate the work zone.

    What about the playoffs?

    The City has been working closely with the Calgary Police Service to determine how to safely maintain access to 17 Avenue S., or the Red Mile, during the playoffs.

    Pedestrian access throughout construction is a priority, so The City will ensure sidewalks are free and clear for people walking on 17 Avenue S. and to and from the Saddledome..

    People driving in the area will have to watch for detour signs or can plan ahead using the interactive online map.

    For more information on the project vision and schedule visit Calgary.ca/17Avenue

  • “Complete Streets” improvements coming to Northmount Drive, Bowness Road and East Central this summer 7 April 2017
    Since 2015, The City has been working with communities to develop complete street improvement plans for several roads, including Northmount Drive N.W. and Bowness Road N.W. As part of a regular maintenance program, both roads are slated for repaving so The City used the opportunity to work with citizens and reconfigure the road space.

    The City is also implementing a complete street project in the East Central area of the city, which include both pedestrian and bicycle enhancements.

    Complete Streets is an approach to street design that strives to accommodate all modes of transportation including walking, cycling, transit and driving. 

    Northmount Drive N.W.

    Through engagement with the community and stakeholders The City updated the design to better reflect the concerns that were heard about the corridor. With increased scope and costs for the updated design, The City will phase construction on Northmount Drive N.W., starting this year with Phase 1 at the 14 Street N.W. intersection.
    Phase 1, from Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W., will consist of safety and operational improvements at the intersection. This will include adding a transit queue jump, a lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W. and a bicycle connection through the busy intersection. The intersection will also be re-paved to improve the surface quality of the roadway.

    Construction is being coordinated with other City departments (Calgary Transit and Roads) to save costs and minimize impact to the community. The remainder of the corridor will be constructed as funding becomes available. Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.


    Bowness Road N.W.

    Construction on the Bowness Road N.W. Phase 2 Complete Street project is an extension of the first phase of the Bowness Road Complete Street upgrade (from 70 Street to 48 Avenue N.W.) This work is being done so people walking, cycling, taking transit and driving are able to safely and conveniently travel through the community.

    The project includes curb extensions, pedestrian crossing islands, painted crosswalks and rectangular rapid flashing beacons along Bowness Road. Traffic calming improvements are also included on Bowwood Drive at 64 Street N.W. and 33 Avenue N.W.

    The City will also be installing dedicated bike lanes from 69 Street N.W. to the Shouldice/John Hextall Bridges and making pathway improvements at the CP Rail underpass. The road will be re-paved and transit stop locations are also being upgraded to handle articulated buses.

    Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.


    East Central Calgary

    The City is also planning a bikeway network in East Central Calgary. Throughout the engagement process, the public helped The City identify where walking, cycling and traffic improvements could be made in the area. The resulting network includes two east-west routes and one north-south route, with safety improvements for people walking and cycling. The first phase of construction will begin this summer.
    Phase 1 includes improvements for people cycling and walking on Marlborough Way N.E. / 40 Street S.E. (north-south route) and on 8 Avenue S.E. / 10 Avenue S.E. (east-west route). Final plans and construction information will be posted on the project webpage this summer.


    Phase 2 will be constructed when funding becomes available, and will extend this network to several other roads in the area. This will include a second east-west connection from Barlow Trail N.E. to Madigan Drive N.E. as well as other improvements in the area.

    Engagement

    These projects engaged citizens on what the streets could look like, with the understanding that they would safely accommodate all travel modes. 

    For Northmount Drive N.W., over 500 people attended the engagement events and over 1,000 in-person and online feedback forms were collected. 

    For Bowness Road N.W., the project team worked closely with the Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), held two stakeholder meetings, a walking tour and two public workshops. In total, 99 people attended engagement events and over 280 feedback forms were submitted. 

    For East Central, nearly 60 people attended the engagement events and over 120 in-person and online feedback forms were collected. 

    The What We Heard reports and online feedback summaries are available on the Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement ProjectBowness Road N.W. Complete Street Phase 2 and East Central Calgary project web pages. Detailed design is currently being completed for all projects.
    Visit calgary.ca for ongoing updates. 

 




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