"The purpose of Complete Streets is to create more liveable neighbourhoods and to encourage people to travel by foot, bicycle and transit. Complete Streets will improve both measurable and perceived safety, provide attractive streetscapes, provide transportation options, improve universal accessibility, promote economic well-being of both businesses and residents, and increase civic space."
Over the past five years, the City of Calgary has been developing the Complete Streets Guide to achieve these goals. The final version is now up for Council approval and will be going before the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit, on the 19th of September. Bike Calgary has been a part of the stakeholder consultation process from early on, and will continue to provide input as the Guide goes before Council. Bike Calgary members, and citizens in general, are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed Guide as well. Members of the public have the opportunity to speak at this Committee meeting, or send letters of comment.
The Guide will have a direct impact on the establishment of cycling infrastructure in new communities, as well as shape the process and design of retrofit projects in established neighbourhoods. Design features that directly impact the safety, convenience and likelihood of cycling include:
- Cycle tracks, conventional bicycle lanes, sharrows and pathways
- Bicycle parking
- Bicycle route maintenance
- Missing link fixes
- Reduced automobile speeds through traffic calming and other road cross section changes
- Compact and mixed-use communities
You can find more information about the project here and review the Complete Streets Guide here.
You can also contact Abdul Samad for more information or to provide feedback.