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Spring Clean-up street sweeping FAQ

About the Spring Clean-up program

  1. Due to Council-approved budget reductions, what are the changes to the Spring Clean-up program this year?
  2. What is a parking ban?
  3. How does weather affect Spring Clean-up?
  4. How much material was used during the 2013/2014 Snow and Ice control season and how much material is collected during an average Spring Clean-up season?
  5. Due to the exceptional winter season Calgary had, how much more material was used this season compared to an average season?
  6. Will other Roads projects be affected if the Spring Clean-up program is extended through the summer i.e. line/crosswalk painting, speed humps, pothole repair?
  7. How do the changes to the Spring Clean-up program affect motorcyclists and cyclists?

Citizen participation

  1. What can I do to help?
  2. What can you do if you notice that debris has been left behind?
  3. What if you leave your vehicle on the road?

Schedule and timing

Spring Clean-up starts mid April and runs for approximately 12 weeks. Find your community clean-up date.

  1. I live in a new subdivision and my road didn't get cleaned. Why not?
  2. Will The City clean winter sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards?

About the Spring Clean-up program

1. Due to Council-approved budget reductions, what are the changes to the Spring Clean-up program this year?

On March 31, Council directed Roads to reduce the Spring Clean-up budget by approximately $700,000 or ten per cent. On April 24, Council met with Administration to discuss the budget reduction and the program impacts. During this discussion it was determined that towing and parking bans for Spring Clean-up be enforced by The Calgary Parking Authority. All communities will still receive street sweeping this season, and some changes will still apply to the program.

  • Each road will only be swept once. Service Requests for roadway re-sweeps will not be accepted. If a service request is received for a second pass (parked cars resulting in debris left behind), crews will not be able to accommodate these requests.
  • Spring Clean-up activities will extend through the summer months. In past years, crews have completed street sweeping in time for Stampede. Due to the changes in resources this season, crews will continue street sweeping activities after Stampede and throughout the summer months.

2. What is a parking ban?

A parking ban is in effect when a “No Parking” sign is placed on a road during Spring Clean-up. Any vehicle that has not been removed from the area will be tagged and towed to a nearby road if space is available, or to the City of Calgary’s impound lot. Vehicles are fined and towed only if a “No Parking” sign is in effect. The City of Calgary, Roads pays for towing; the vehicle owner pays the parking ticket and impound fee, if applicable.

3. How does weather affect Spring Clean-up?

The weather can affect the Spring Clean-up schedule. Sweeping activities are suspended in case of rain or snow storms. If we do experience a late spring snow storm City crews will carry out Snow and Ice Control. Sweeping will resume after the roads dry.

4. How much material was used during the 2013/2014 Snow and Ice control season and how much material is collected during an average Spring Clean-up season?

During the 2013/2014 SNIC season we used approximately 100,000 tonnes of sand and salt mixture called Pickle. During Spring Clean-up City crews typically remove about 50,000 tonnes of debris.

5. Due to the exceptional winter season Calgary had, how much more material was used this season compared to an average season?

During the 2013/2014 SNIC season, The City used more than double the amount of on roadways. The average amount of used in a SNIC season is approximately 45,000 tonnes.

6. Will other Roads projects be affected if the Spring Clean-up program is extended through the summer i.e. line/crosswalk painting, speed humps, pothole repair?

The Roads Maintenance division is working very closely with the Traffic Operations division to sweep/clean roads on which long line work (also known as line painting) is scheduled. Crews working on cross walks and speed humps may have to use a broom to sweep heavier deposits prior to painting, if Maintenance has not yet completed the areas that Traffic was scheduled to work in. Both the long line truck and the crosswalk painting equipment apply the paint with enough pressure to move the dust and lighter particles. Pothole repairs have occurred already and will continue to be completed throughout the spring/summer months and on a per request basis.

7. How do the changes to the Spring Clean-up program affect motorcyclists and cyclists?

Each and every street will still be swept clean. The Spring Clean-up program is planned in a priority sequence and on-street, marked bike lanes are Roads first priority for sweeping.

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Citizen participation

8. What can I do to help?

Your help is very important to the success of the program. The City relies on the cooperation of vehicle owners to watch for street cleaning signs and remove their vehicles and garbage or recycling carts from the roads being cleaned. This is a short-term convenience for the good of the city.

  • Watch for signs in your community indicating when your road is scheduled for clean-up. Or, try the street cleaning map
  • Remove vehicles from the road for the posted dates and times so that the road can be cleaned. Vehicle owners may have to park outside the area of the road being swept.
  • Move your vehicle to an area that will not obstruct the entrances to private property or impede access for emergency vehicles and garbage collection.
  • Blue and black carts left on the street can interfere with Spring Clean-up. Place your cart on the sidewalk or grass boulevard next to the curb on the week your street is scheduled for cleaning. If your cart is picked up from a back lane, put it in the same place as normal. Make sure to leave at least one metre between the cart and surrounding objects. 
  • Be sure to remove non-standard, prohibited driveway ramps from the curb and gutter of a road that provides access to a front driveway onto private property. 

9. What can you do if you notice that debris has been left behind?

If debris is left behind because a car or cart has not been moved and you want to be a good neighbour, you can sweep the debris yourself. If you decide to sweep missed debris yourself, please follow these suggestions from Waste & Recycling:

  • When cleaning up gravel, dust, rocks and other debris put all materials into a garbage bag. This will help keep the air free of dust and keep our collection vehicles clean as well.
  • Rocks and other material may be heavy and needs to be double-bagged to avoid punctures and rips in the bags.
  • For your collector’s safety, make sure your bags are not overweight and place all debris inside your black cart for removal.

 

10. What if you leave your vehicle on the road?

Vehicles are fined and towed only if a "No Parking" sign (i.e. parking ban) is in effect. The Parking Ban Signs (No Parking Signs) are the small 3-feet high signs that have the No Parking symbol on them. The City of Calgary, Roads pays for towing; the vehicle owner pays the parking ticket and impound fee, if applicable. When the street cleaning signs are up and vehicles are still on the road, crews will sweep around vehicles. Note: Crews will not come back to sweep the street again, so it’s important to move your vehicle.

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Schedule and timing

11. I live in a new subdivision and my road didn't get cleaned. Why not?

Subdivision roadways are the responsibility of the developer until they receive a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) from The City of Calgary. At that time, The City assumes responsibility for maintaining the subdivision’s roads.

12. Will The City be cleaning winter sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards?

City crews clean sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards on major roads only.

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