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  • Planning & Development Map is here! 30 November 2015 The City has launched a new user-friendly, online mapping tool to allow citizens to comment on and follow redesignation applications:

    What’s New?
    • Social media sharing
    • Multiple search options
    • File status tracker
    • Plain language descriptions
    • Direct comments and feedback
    • Online and mobile access

    Users can follow the progress of redesignation applications from submission through decision by City Council. The site includes plain language descriptions of redesignation applications and users can submit comments to City Planners and Council online. Applications can be searched by file number, address, community or ward. Layers can also be added or removed so that citizens can see the borders of their community and ward.

    This data has been available before but hasn’t had the interactive functionality that this map provides. The comment/feedback features are new and a huge leap for citizen interaction and engagement on redesignation applications.

    The map is online and mobile friendly and can be used on Android, iOS and Blackberry handheld devices.

    What’s Next?
    The site is in beta mode and City staff are continuously working to populate all application pages with plain language descriptions and application details. We encourage user feedback on the online and mobile versions of the site. Tweaks to the existing map, along with new features will be added over 2016, including more application types and file descriptions. Phase I of the release focuses on redesignation applications.
  • Online application process for subsidy programs now available 26 November 2015 You can now apply online for City-subsidized programs from any computer, any time. The online Fair Entry application process makes it easier for low income Calgarians to access City services in a way that is respectful of time and dignity.

    Fair Entry, launched in May, provides one window access to five City-subsidized programs for low-income Calgarians. It streamlines the process by reducing the need for repeated applications by citizens.

    Overcoming obstacles

    “Over 35,000 individuals have been approved since Fair Entry was launched six months ago,” says Cynthia Busche-heibert, manager community programs and services with Community & Neighbourhood Services. “People who may have previously faced obstacles to applying, like work schedules or childcare, are now able to overcome those challenges.”

    See how the new application process has made a difference in one man’s life:

    We anticipate providing subsidized services to roughly 75,000 Calgarians per year through Fair Entry and the convenience of the online process is going to make that easier and more efficient for Calgarians and The City

    Apply online or find out more information on Fair Entry.

    Submitted by Peter Jacoby, Community & Neighbourhood Services
  • Lighting up your trees for the holidays? Stay safe and keep your trees healthy 25 November 2015 It’s that time of year when you may start to decorate your home for the holidays. Lighting can look beautiful, but it is important to ensure your safety and the health of the tree comes first.
    For your safety, we recommend you always:  

    • Ensure you use outdoor lights outdoors, and indoor lights indoors.
    • Ensure your outdoor lights have a sticker to show they meet CSA standards or are CSA approved. 
    • Never string more than the recommended number of lights together.
    • Know your limits when decorating. Make sure you have the right tools, such as appropriate ladder, for harder to reach areas. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it. 

    Here are some tips to help ensure your trees are safe and healthy too:

    • Hang the lights throughout the tree instead of wrapping each individual branch and/or trunk.
    • Remove lights promptly once the season is over. 
    • Electrical cords and items used to secure lights to the trunks and branches of trees can “girdle” them over time as they grow. Girdling occurs when wire or rope is wrapped tightly around the tree limiting the flow of water and nutrients.
    • If you are using a ladder, be careful not to damage the tree. If possible, stand your ladder up beside the tree rather than using the tree for support. Leaning it directly against the tree can damage the tree and make it more susceptible to pests and disease.  
    • When removing the lights, be gentle. Tugging the lights off may remove new tree buds or damage the tree's exterior, especially on younger trees that can be soft. 

    Whose tree is it?

    These are some tips for decorating trees on your own property. For trees on City property, there is a Tree Protection Bylaw, and the maintenance of these trees is the responsibility of The City.

    Wondering if a tree on your property is a City tree? Visit the tree map.

    For more information on what to do, how to get around and how to be safe during the winter season visit

    Submitted by Allison Fifield, Parks
  • Be the first to know about snow and ice control this year 24 November 2015 We’re a winter city, which means snow and ice are a part of life in Calgary. Whether you travel by bike, car, Transit or your own two feet, it’s important to stay safe, plan your route and know how the snow will affect your daily commute.

    Calgary weather can change in an instant. Stay on top of snow and ice information so you can keep on the move, stay safe, and enjoy winter.

    “While we are out clearing snow, citizens can see our progress through a number of different ways. This helps them plan their commute and stay safe,” says Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch.

    Here are the best ways to stay informed this winter about all things snow and ice:

    Road Conditions Map
    The map is available both online at and in the City of Calgary Roads app. Take a look at the snow clearing status of Priority 1 and Priority 2 roads across the city, and plan your route using traffic cameras and plow and sander locations.

    City of Calgary Roads App
    If you find yourself checking your mobile device throughout the day, the Roads App will be your best bet for finding snow and ice info. Check the weather, see an updated map of which roads have been plowed, and read updates during snow events. The app is available for iOS, Android and Blackberry.

    Do you follow @yyctransport on Twitter yet? We tweet out snow clearing updates, road closures, safety tips, and more! If you have questions about road conditions, traffic, or other roads projects, we’ll find you the answers.
    This webpage is your one-stop-shop for all things related to snow and ice clearing plus much more. Find out if a snow route parking ban is in effect, report a concern to 311, and read our snow clearing FAQs. On this page, you’ll also find information about pathway snow clearing and the Snow Angels shovelling program.

    Snow and Ice Clearing Update Page
    During a snow event, this page is updated daily at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Located at the top of our landing page, this is one of the best resources for snow and ice updates.
    Explore what the City has to offer during winter! Learn about how to stay safe and keep active after the snow falls. The “Getting Around” button will link you to transit updates, winter driving tips, cycle track information, and a list of the City’s helpful apps.

    Transit App
    Planning your trip when the snow falls is easy with the City of Calgary Transit App. Stay on top of weather-related changes and look at route maps from your smartphone. The app is available for iOS and Android.
  • What are you waiting for? #GetMovingYYC 23 November 2015
    Registration starts today, Monday Nov. 23, for our Winter Programs – offering more than 3,000 registered programs to get you moving this winter.

    We want to get more Calgarians, more active and creative, more often! Recreation offers a broad range of programs for Calgarians of all ages and with wide ranging interests. Finding something you enjoy will keep you motivated and moving all winter long.

    Here are our top 10 “Get Moving” suggestions for Calgarians of all ages:
    1. Try it for a Toonie – Zumba Family & kids.  
    2. Funk- Dance 
    3. Adventure Fitness for Youth 
    4. Fitness Walking for 50+  
    5. Tai Chi (Yang Style) Introductory
    6. Stretching for Wellness 
    7. Guided nature walks 
    8. Learn to Skate – Adult level 1 
    9. Cricket for Youth
    10. Introduction to Snorkelling 

      Don’t be a bear about winter.  #GetMovingYYC !! No matter the weather we offer something to help make that perfect opportunity to get out, try new things and embrace our winter city.  Register today at
    • City granted a temporary injunction 21 November 2015 We take our responsibility to keep Calgarians safe very seriously. That’s why we applied for an injunction last week against private for-hire vehicles using the Uber app.

      Today, we were granted a temporary injunction which prevents all Uber drivers from operating in Calgary temporarily. The injunction is in place until Dec. 17, 2015. At that time, we will seek to have the injunction made permanent until private for-hire vehicles operating with the Uber app meet safety, insurance and regulatory requirements.

      The temporary injunction includes all people who operate in Calgary as an Uber driver. The injunction supports our position that Uber drivers are contravening the Livery Transport Bylaw.

      We are working hard to define new rules to allow private for-hire vehicle services to operate in our city. Council agreed to review bylaw amendments that allow a hybrid Open/Controlled entry system, meaning Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) could operate if they meet a number of conditions, including having proper vehicle insurance and the driver having a driver's licence acceptable to the Province (for example, a class 4 licence) and passing a criminal background check. Bylaw amendments will come back to Council for review no later than Feb. 22, 2016.

      We want consumers to have options and continue to work on ways to provide these options. In the meantime, we encourage Calgarians to be informed to make smart transportation choices.

      The City of Calgary enforces the Livery Transport Bylaw to ensure public safety, service quality and consumer protection. To learn more about private for-hire vehicles. To learn more about Livery Transport Services.

    • Temporary community art project to be unveiled in celebration of fire station rebuild 21 November 2015 We hope you can join us tomorrow morning, starting at 10 a.m., to see the new temporary art project ‘Many Hands Makes Artwork’ unveiled at the Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7, 2708 4 St. N.W.

      Hot chocolate, an art activity, and a chance to visit with the captain and crew of Fire Station 7 along with Calgary Fire Department mascot, Sparky, will be part of the celebration. The event will be in the bays of Fire Station 7, with the doors open, so everyone is reminded to dress for the weather.

      Artists worked with the community

      While created by Calgary artists Sandras Civitarese, Lisa Tornack and Heather Urness, this project would not have been possible without the work of many community members and the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

      The art project will span more than 100 feet of fencing and be interactive, allowing the public to see through the fencing in places, so they can check out progress on the demo and rebuilding of the fire station.
      Peak through art on the fence and watch demolition and rebuild @ Mount Pleasant Fire Station. #yyc Tweet this!

      Unveiling for passersby

      “The artists created the concept of the project and we’ve relied on help from the community to complete it. We know it will add a unique visual element to what will be a construction site,” says Jody Williams, supervisor for the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

      On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. the art project will be unveiled by Mayor Naheed Nenshi, MLA for Calgary-Klein Craig Coolahan, Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell and Acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc as well as two of the project’s artists, Sandra Civitarese and Heather Urness.

      The project will be facing towards Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7 on Saturday morning, for the event, and will be turned around on Monday morning, for the community and everyone who passes by 4 Street N.W., to see.

      New fire station complete by end of 2017

      “This has been a great experience, to partner with the Calgary Fire Department and members of the community to create something that we hope everyone who passes by will enjoy. We are so excited to finally see it unveiled,” says Williams.

      The fire station is set to be demolished by the end of this year to make way for a replacement fire station. The new station is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 to ensure the Calgary Fire Department can continue to provide the needed emergency services to Mount Pleasant and its surrounding communities in the future.

      Submitted by Bridget Cox, Calgary Fire Department

    • Help shape the South Shaganappi Study on November 19 17 November 2015 Shaganappi Trail has always been identified as a vital link in Calgary’s transportation network. We are starting a transportation corridor study to explore the future design for the south end of Shaganappi Trail.

      The study area includes the Shaganappi Trail and 16 Avenue interchange, the Shaganappi Trail and Bowness Road intersection and the Bowness Road and the 16 Avenue interchange.

      Join us on November 19, 2015 at an open house to learn more about the study. Your input will help us understand the issues and challenges of the area. Thus, it will help shape the development of preliminary concepts and the evaluation framework for Phase 2: Concept Development and Analysis in 2016.

      Open House Details
      Thursday, November 19, 2015
      5 - 8 p.m.
      Parkdale Community Association
      3512 5 Avenue N.W.

      Can’t make it to the open house? Visit to provide your input online starting November 19.

      About the study:

      This system was built in the late 1960s and is remnants of a freeway plan that was never fully completed. It was originally classified as an expressway and designed as a connector route across the river to Sarcee – Bow Trail. What was planned then is no longer appropriate today.

      In 2009, Council approved the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP). It reclassified Shaganappi Trail to an arterial street. In addition, the CTP confirmed that the Bow River crossing recommendation would be removed. This means that Shaganappi Trail will no longer function as a north to south connector across the river.

      In addition, in order to maintain the system and keep it operational, it will need rehabilitation within the next 20 years.These changes require us to revisit how Shaganappi Trail was designed in the south end.

      Over the next two years, we will be working with citizens to determine the best way of addressing these challenges and ensure the design of the study area meets the future needs of the community and the future transportation needs as the city grows.

      For more information go to or contact the project team at You can also sign up for email updates to get the latest news.
    • Council paves the way for transportation network companies 17 November 2015 The City is moving ahead with rule changes that will open the doors to more transportation choices for Calgarians and allow private for-hire vehicle services to operate here.

      City Council has directed The City to craft new rules by mid-February that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber to offer private for-hire vehicle services.

      In a report to Council today, Administration recommended a hybrid Open/Controlled entry system to regulate safety for both taxis and private for-hire vehicles and allow some flexibility in setting rates. This option will allow private for-hire vehicles to operate in Calgary if they fulfill the following requirements:

      • Vehicles must be insured according to Government of Alberta regulations;
      • Drivers must have a driver’s license that is deemed acceptable by the Province (for example, a class 4 license);
      • Drivers must pass a rigorous background check.

      Does that mean I can drive for Uber or hail a ride with an Uber driver?

      Not yet. The City continues to advise drivers, passengers and the public about the risks involved in current operation of private for-hire vehicle services. The Government of Alberta issued an advisory notice about the insurance risks of ride-sharing services, noting any third party involved in an accident in or with one of these vehicles may not have adequate or appropriate insurance. Additional risks relate to the lack of oversight regarding vehicle inspections on private for-hire vehicles and the level of training and security checks drivers undergo.

      Watch Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Q&A on Council’s decision:

      The City is seeking to temporarily put the brakes on drivers using the Uber mobile app who are in breach of the Livery Transport Bylaw. The City filed an application for an injunction to temporarily stop drivers from offering private for-hire vehicle services until safety, insurance and regulatory requirements are met. A hearing is scheduled in Court of Queen’s Bench November 20.
    • #GetMovingYYC with free events across Calgary from Nov 16-22 16 November 2015 Let’s get moving Calgary! Working with our partners and the community, we’re starting a movement to get more Calgarians, more active, more often. It’s a simple idea with big benefits for Calgary.

      From Nov. 16 to 22, everyone is invited to participate in free events hosted across Calgary; from adult recess downtown at Olympic Plaza and along Stephen Avenue between 1 Street S.E. and 3 Street S.E., to guided walks and large family events.

      Grab your colleagues for a dodge ball game at Municipal Plaza. Load up the family this weekend and head to Vivo’s Winter Wonderland event or join us at Ralph Klein Park for the Winter Movement Festival.

      Are you 20 years or older? Visit to register for free sample programs as part of Sport Calgary’s first ever All Sport, One City event.

      Moving more doesn’t have to be a big commitment. Making small, simple changes to your everyday routine can significantly improve your health. It’s as simple as taking the stairs instead of the escalator; walking or cycling instead of driving; standing instead of sitting or; stretching while you wait.

      Join the movement and the conversation. Use #GetMovingYYC on social media and show us how you move! For a complete list of free events, or to download our free community activity guide, visit

      Partnering for change

      While Calgarians are getting moving, sector leaders are putting their heads together to find local solutions to a national issue: sedentary lifestyles and behaviour.

      On Nov. 17, Vivo for Healthier Generations, Mount Royal University and The City of Calgary are hosting physical literacy champions from across Calgary for a roundtable discussion on building an active city. Leadership Roundtable 2.0 embraces a multi-sector approach to public health through partnering and collaboration.

      On Nov. 19, we’re hosting an Active Aging Think Tank to exchange information and ideas to support active aging. The session invites representatives from Calgary-based organizations to have a conversation about getting older Calgarians moving for health.

    • New Building and Energy Codes for Alberta 13 November 2015 The 2014 edition of the Alberta Building Code came into effect on November 1st, following a standard six month transition period for the implementation of new provincial codes. As of November 1, 2015 all new projects will require compliance with the new Alberta Building Code.

      “The adoption of the new code advances us in terms of innovation and design”, explains Kevin Griffiths, Director of Inspections and Permit Services. “The new code also advances us in terms of safety allowing us to formalize processes like six storey wood frame construction, which provides a lot more options for builders and the public”.

      The City is preparing to update to make reference to the new edition. These changes will take time to complete. People can contact 311 with any code inquiries.

      The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 is also now in effect, with its transition period ending as of May 1, 2016, at which point the adopted code will be mandatory.

      “We recognize that many developers may be well into an application based on previous standards”, says Griffiths. “The transition period allows us to get up to speed on the new code and work with industry on this transition as well”.

      The timelines for the new Alberta codes are as follows:


      Implementation Date

      Transition Period End Date

      Alberta Building Code 2014

      May 1, 2015

      November 1, 2015

      National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011

      November 1, 2015

      May 1, 2016

      “We are working with our industry partners to ensure they are aware of the new building and energy code”, says Griffiths,” as all new applications will need to be compliant with the new code”.

      The Alberta Building and Fire Codes 2014 and the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 are available from the National Research Council, both online and in hard copy. For further information about the latest edition of the Alberta Building Code please visit Alberta Municipal Affairs.
    • Heritage buildings, more than brick and stone 12 November 2015 When Calgarians shared input about their main street neighbourhoods, many said that community character and heritage was something they wanted City Planners to consider for the future of these areas. We hit the streets with The City's Senior Heritage Planner, Clint Robertson, to learn more about heritage sites in Calgary—what are they, why are they important, and how we identify them.

      There are thirteen main streets with identified heritage buildings. For a more in-depth look at the history of these areas, visit the main streets web pages below.

      Interested in learning more about The City's Heritage Planning work?

      Discover Historic Calgary locations

      View historic resources by development era, architectural styles or original uses >

      View map of historic resources >

      To learn more, visit
    • City proposes options regarding transportation network companies 11 November 2015 The Taxi and Limousine Advisory Committee (TLAC) today reviewed options that address transportation choices for Calgarians and recommended a path forward to create a regulatory environment for companies like Uber.

      What happened today?

      City Council had directed Administration to develop options allowing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber to safely operate in Calgary.

      Today, Administration provided TLAC with a number of options to help inform Council in its decision-making process. TLAC unanimously recommended Council proceed with a hybrid Open/Controlled entry system (option three) that would regulate safety for both taxis and private for-hire vehicles and would allow some flexibility in rate setting.

      This option means that TNCs like Uber could operate if they meet a number of conditions, including having proper insurance on the vehicle, the driver having a driver's licence acceptable to the Province (for example, a class 4 licence) and passing a rigorous criminal background check.

      These requirements are similar to those in many other jurisdictions where TNCs operate successfully.

      Citizen safety and customer service are top priorities for The City. We want to ensure private for-hire vehicles that operate as part of a TNC are operating safely.

      What happens next?

      City Council will discuss these options including the recommended one on Monday, November 16. At that time, Council may make a recommendation to prepare a new bylaw to come back to Council in December.

      Does that mean I can drive for Uber or be a passenger now?

      Not yet.

      The City continues to advise there are risks to drivers, passengers and the general public associated with private for-hire vehicle services. These risks relate to the level of vehicle inspections on private for-hire vehicles and the level of training and security checks the drivers undergo. The Government of Alberta has also issued an advisory notice on ride sharing services and the insurance risk they currently pose to Albertans, noting any third party involved in an accident in or with one of these vehicles may not have adequate or appropriate insurance.

      How is The City enforcing the bylaw now?

      The City has applied for a court injunction against people who have been driving for Uber. The City is taking this step to help ensure public safety and continue to inform people about risks involved in private for-hire vehicle services.

      The City of Calgary enforces the Livery Transport Bylaw to ensure public safety, service quality and consumer protection. Learn more about livery transport services.
    • The City’s Seven Day Snow Plan Keeps Calgarians On The Move 10 November 2015 The City of Calgary is ready to keep Calgarians safely on the move this winter with our Seven Day Snow Event Plan.

      This planned approach has been designed to quickly prepare and maintain the roads throughout the winter season so Calgarians can get to where they need to go safely and efficiently.

      Preparing the Roads
      Even before it snows, Roads crews will be busy preparing the roadway. When snow is predicted, we put anti-icing material down, focusing on bridges and trouble spots. This environmentally-friendly compound helps prevent ice and snow from building up on the roads during a snowfall.

      Priority System
      Once the snow hits, we sand, salt and plow the roads based on a priority system, with the busiest roads deemed the top priority.

      Day 1
      We start on the high volume roads, called Priority 1s, in order to keep the greatest number of Calgarians travelling safely. Priority 1 roads, such as Crowchild and Glenmore Trail, carry more than 20,000 vehicles per day, and are cleared within 24 hours after the snow stops falling.

      Day 2
      Up next are the Priority 2 roads which are plowed, sanded and salted within 48 hours after the snow has stopped. Priority 2 routes are the feeder roads that run in and out of communities, and typically carry 5,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day. Many of these are Transit bus routes.

      Days 3-6
      On day three, we move into the residential areas. Residential roads with school and playground zones, hills and intersections are considered a Priority 3, while the remaining residential roads that have the lowest traffic volumes are considered to be a Priority 4.

      City crews maintain residential roads on days three through six by sanding, salting and flat-blading. Under our plan, plows will knock down ruts to 12cms, but will not remove snow from residential streets.

      Day 7
      On the last day of the Seven Day Plan, crews will monitor the roads and respond to service requests for additional snow and ice control and get ready to do it all over again.

      For more information on The City’s Snow Plan and to find out when crews will be in your area, visit
    • Cycle Track - Fall Update 10 November 2015
      5 St cycle track at the CPR underpass is now the 
      busiest on-street bikeway in Calgary

      The Cycle Track Network Pilot Project has now been open for four months and since opening, we’ve had a lot of activity take place. We’ve been monitoring usage, making adjustments, thanking Calgarians for travelling together and preparing for winter. After a busy summer, we are eager to share some project highlights.

      The numbers
      As part of the monitoring and evaluation program for the pilot, The City has been collecting bicycle volume data since the tracks opened using automated counters at ten locations.

      Along the middle of each cycle track route we have seen the following 24 hour average weekday counts from June 18 (network opening) to October 31:
      • 1,440 bike trips on 5 Street S.W. at the CPR underpass
      • 870 bike trips on 12 Avenue near 2 Street S.W.
      • 890 bike trips on 8 Avenue near 3 Street S.W.
      Cycle tracks by the numbers….

      • 9.5% of daily on-street trips on 5 Street at the CPR underpass are made by bicycle
      • 25% of all bicycle trips along 5 Street at the CPR underpass occur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
      • 27% of people cycling along the cycle track routes are women. This is seven per cent higher than before the cycle tracks opened and five per cent higher than the 2015 city-wide average.
      • 370,000 bicycle trips were counted in the middle of three cycle track routes between June 18 (network opening) and October 30. If bike trips were seats at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgarians cycling would have filled all 19,289 seats for 19 sold-out Flames games.
      You can take a look online to see how many bike trips are taking place daily on each of the cycle track routes, Stephen Avenue, as well as the Peace Bridge.

      Adjustments to the network
      Over the past four months, we’ve received helpful feedback through 311 about the cycle track network. Based on this feedback, a number of adjustments have been made along the cycle track routes, such as:
      • Enhancing connections at the ends of the cycle track corridors by:
      • Reintroducing on-street parking and loading in front of several businesses along 8 Avenue between 8 Street S.W. and 11 Street S.W.
      • Continuing to work with Access Calgary to adjust loading zones for a better customer experience
      • Working with Calgary Parking Authority to enforce parking restrictions to maintain smooth traffic flow in the peak hour

      If you’re looking for parking near the cycle tracks you can take a look at the online maps or download the MyParking app.

      Summer outreach
      Over the summer, we had a team of Bicycle Ambassadors providing tips on how to use the cycle tracks. We reached over 20,000 Calgarians through outreach opportunities at community festivals, office buildings and on-street. At the end of the summer we thanked Calgarians for moving together and sharing the road along The City’s cycle track network with a ‘thumbs up’ and a sweet treat. With the help of our Bicycle Ambassadors, Calgary Police Service and Peace Officers, we had over 2,100 interactions with Calgarians walking, driving and cycling. You can see it all in our video.

      Preparing for winter
      8 Avenue cycle track on Monday November 1, 2015

      The cycle tracks will stay in place during the winter months, and we will attempt to clear them within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. The City has a variety of machines to keep the tracks clear, such as sweepers, sanders and small ploughs, and will be focused on getting the roadways clear so people can travel on them.

      If you have a property or business along the cycle track route, it’s important to know where to put the snow outside your building. Please follow these steps and share this information as needed to help keep the road and sidewalks clear during the winter months.
      1. Clear and store the snow at the edge of the sidewalk, between the treeline/ light pole and the curb. Store the snow in this space instead of pushing snow into the cycle track.
      2. Once City crews finish clearing the roads, The City will evaluate the snow storage areas and remove the snow piles, or windrows, as required.

      The amount of snow on the ground, temperature and whether or not snow continues to fall will affect the amount of time needed to clear the cycle tracks. Once it snows, take a look at our tips to help you plan your ride.

      Keep up to date on the latest cycle track tips and updates by visiting
    • Survey: Tell us how you like your bridges 6 November 2015
      The City of Calgary is conducting feasibility studies on four proposed pedestrian bridge replacement projects. Two of the proposed projects will move forward into the pre-planning stages.

      To complete this preliminary study, we need to understand how and why Calgarians currently use these four pedestrian bridges.

      The four proposed projects (in no particular order) are:
      • Anderson LRT Station Pedestrian Bridge (nearby communities include Southwood and Willow Park)
      • Westbrook Mall Pedestrian Bridge (nearby communities include Rosscarrock and Spruce Cliff)
      • Penedo Way Pedestrian Bridge over the CN Rail tracks (nearby communities include Penbrooke Meadows, Applewood Park, and Mountview)
      • Nose Creek Pathway Bridge (nearby communities include Thorncliffe)
      If you use these pedestrian bridges, or live or work nearby, we need your feedback!

      Help us understand how your community moves. Visit our website and complete the five-minute survey here.
      Existing Laycock Park Pedestrian Bridge
      Existing Anderson LRT Pedestrian Bridge

      Existing Penedo Way Pedestrian Bridge

      Existing Westbrook Pedestrian Bridge
    • Construction season wrap-up 2015 6 November 2015
      Putting the finishing touches on concrete
      Each year The City of Calgary plans, schedules, and implements a number of construction projects around Calgary. While there may be some minor work still happening on Calgary roads by contractors, The City is now focused on the winter maintenance and has ceased major construction operations for the season. Here is a summary of the work completed in 2015.


      The City of Calgary’s pavement rehabilitation program revitalizes roadways that have deteriorated over time. Some highlights of the paving season include:

      • 75 paving locations completed around Calgary,

      • Laid 83,034 tonnes of asphalt,

      • 520,000 m2 asphalt paved,

      • 192,102 litres of tack coat (bonding agent between old surface and new surface),

      • 757 manhole repairs, and

      • 85 traffic setups


      Each year The City has a number of programs that rehabilitate or replace old concrete. The City is proud of the concrete work they do, and what they do is set in stone. The City has its own internal training program for Concrete Finishers and Formsetters. Some highlights of the 2015 concrete season include:
      • 12,061 lineal metres of concrete replacement,

      • Focus on pedestrian detours and access this year, including cycle detours, and

      • Completed jobs on top of the regularly scheduled work for Water Services, Transit and Plants projects.

      Development and Projects

      The City’s Development and Projects group focuses on the various streets improvements and active modes programs. Working with our contracted partners, The City completed 30 Various Street Improvement (VSI) Projects:
      • All projects were selected based on safety and optimization including:

        • Four Transit projects,

        • Four Roads Safety projects,

        • Four Industrial sidewalk program projects,

        • One project for Water Resources, and

        • One project for Waste & Recycling Services.

      • Construction at Anderson and 14th Street SW was completed this summer. One of the best parts of this project was working with ATCO Pipelines on a solution for design at this intersection to allow construction to be completed in 2015.

      Roads also worked with our contracted partners on 15 Active Modes projects:
      • Of which 3 were traffic calming and another 12 were pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and
      • 8 bike ramps were constructed to enhance bike infrastructure at various locations throughout the city.

      • The Kensington Public Realm project construction was also kicked off in 2015. The City completed two blocks along the east side of 10 Street between 4 Avenue and 2 Avenue N.W. Construction will recommence in Spring 2016.

      Contracted Services

      Many projects would not be possible without some of The City’s great contracted services partners. Some highlights of the 2015 season include:
      • Miscellaneous Concrete work:

        • 1078 lineal metres of Curb and Gutter,

        • 10677 m2 of sidewalk pours, and

        • 1344 m2 of separate walk pours.
      • Frost Concrete work:
        • 418 lineal metres of Curb and Gutter, and
        • 805.5 m2 of sidewalk pours.
      • Pavement rehab work:
        • 17 locations with 346,536 m2paved
      • Micro surfacing work:
        • 17 locations with 61,307 m2microsurfaced
      • Crack sealing work:
        • 4 locations completed.

      • Sarcee Trail pavement rehab included new slope drainage work, removal of WBeam barrier which was replaced with High Tension Cable Barrier and the use of a Glass Fibre Grid on a section of the roadway.

    • Prune your elm trees between Oct. 1 and March 31 to prevent the spread of Dutch elm disease 6 November 2015
      It is a great time to get out and check any elm trees on your property. Did you know you can only prune elm trees between October and March? A provincial pruning ban exists between April 1 and Sept. 30 to discourage pruning elm trees at the wrong time.

      This is to help prevent the spread of Dutch elm disease. Dutch elm disease is spread by elm bark beetles attracted to the freshly pruned trees. Pruning when these beetles are not active helps reduce the risk of your tree attracting beetles and getting the disease.

      Here are a few tips to help care for your elm trees:
      • Elm materials should be disposed of at City landfills – stored elm firewood is an ideal breeding ground for elm bark beetles.
      • In the fall before freezing, remember to water your trees, and during the spring and summer all trees should be watered every two to three weeks from April to mid-August. Trees need much more water than lawns do. 
      • Ensure your trees are mulched properly. Mulch should be applied no deeper than four inches, not applied against the trunk of the tree (four inches away) and spread out as far as permitted. Mulch adds nutrients to the soil, conserves moisture and regulates soil temperatures. All good things for roots. 
      • And remember, prune your trees ONLY between Oct. 1 and March 31 when the beetle that spreads the disease is not active. 
      Keep your trees free of DED

      Since Dutch elm disease (DED) was first introduced to North America from Europe in 1930, it has destroyed millions of elm trees. Alberta is one of the last geographic areas in North America to be free of DED and we want to keep it that way. Elm trees are also one of the few types of shade trees that grow in Calgary so it is important to protect them.

      For more information on helping your trees visit or view one of our other videos on tree health.

      Submitted by Althea Livingston, Parks
    • Another recognition for Calgary’s Airport Trail Tunnel 3 November 2015 The Airport Trail Tunnel under the new runway at the Calgary International Airport received a national engineering award recently in recognition of the outstanding work by the many firms and individuals involved in this project.

      On October 23, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer (CCE) Magazine honoured the Airport Trail Tunnel, and the Calgary Airport Authority’s new runway, with an Award of Excellence in the Transportation category.

      Specific recognition was given to consultant groups CH2M and Associated Engineering for their involvement and leadership in these two projects. This year’s awards committee evaluated a total of 64 project submissions from across Canada.

      The Airport Trail tunnel is a critical piece of infrastructure that connects people, goods, and services locally, regionally, and globally, and serves as a vital east-west corridor for Calgary that benefits all Calgarians. The six-lane, 620 metre-long cast-in-place concrete structure is located beneath the new runway, designed to withstand aircraft landings, and boasts world-leading fire and ventilation systems.

      Part of the Airport Trail Tunnel project team prior to opening

      The completion of these projects is an outstanding example to the engineering excellence, innovation, and successful collaboration between the City of Calgary, Calgary Airport Authority, the consultant team, and contractors.

      Duane Delaney, The City’s Manager of Major Roads Projects in Transportation Infrastructure, said this award is a direct reflection of the outstanding job done by the project managers and crews in working together to complete these complex projects and in meeting the many tight deadlines.

      Some of the achievements noted by the judges included:
      • Completion of tunnel sections at set times so that the runway and taxiways above could be built within their tight construction schedule
      • An innovative formwork system mounted on rails was used to meet the fast-track schedule
      • To suit the Calgary climate, a custom concrete mix was developed that could be placed quickly and not affected by the freeze-thaw cycle
      • An advanced model was developed to manage 8.1 million cubic metres of earthworks and to maximize the use of on-site materials.
    • Collaborating to create new transportation options 30 October 2015
      We strive to create an environment that fosters Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit. We believe in creating opportunities for new ideas to thrive and for new companies to flourish. We also take our responsibility to keep Calgarians safe very seriously. 

      When it comes to private for-hire vehicles like Uber, we appreciate the innovation they are striving to bring to the Calgary market, but also believe that bringing these ideas to market needs to be done in a safe and organized way.

      The City is working very hard to define the rules for private for-hire transportation companies to operate in our city. Currently, drivers who are operating private for-hire vehicles in Calgary are operating illegally. These services are illegal because there are no safety or security guidelines in place for consumers. Also, unlicensed drivers do not have appropriate commercial insurance coverage as required by the Province of Alberta

      City Council to review options to allow private for-hire companies on Nov. 16

      We are collaborating with Uber to resolve some of these challenges and to allow private for-hire companies to operate legally in Calgary. While we aren’t there yet, we are making progress. On November 16, we will be presenting options to Council, which may allow for this new market in Calgary.

      The City of Calgary enforces the Livery Transport Bylaw to ensure public safety, service quality and consumer protection. To learn more about private for-hire vehicles. To learn more about Livery Transport Services.

      Submitted by Carissa Vescio, Animal & Bylaw Services

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