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Traffic innovations at Roads

Whether it’s through real-time traffic updates or solar-powered pedestrian crosswalks, the Roads business unit is constantly looking at better and more efficient ways of operating.

Traffic operations | Parking | Streetlighting

Traffic operations

Advanced Traveller Information System (ATIS)

The ATIS site includes a number of exciting features such as an interactive map with real-time information on road closures, traffic incidents, Snow Routes, traffic cameras, transit routes and parking. It also allows users to look up their address and find transportation services in their area, as well as a trip planner that can help navigate around detours and traffic incidents.

The next three phases of the project will include added features such as:

  • Enabling GPS data to showing snow plow and sander locations in real time on the map.
  • Providing real-time traffic congestion information via Bluetooth.
  • Email/SMS subscriptions.

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons

Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) are solar powered pedestrian crossings. The beacons have LED lights and display intermittent rapid flashes when activated by a pedestrian. These devices are significantly less costly to install and operate compared to the other overhead flashing beacons currently in use at pedestrian crossings.

For more information, visit the Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons webpage.

Real-Time Travel Congestion and Travel Time Information System

The City of Calgary has activated a Bluetooth detection technology along Deerfoot Trail to give Calgarians real-time information about the travel time along Deerfoot Trail during their commute.

This innovative technology collects publicly available information from Bluetooth devices and estimates travel times and congestion. These times are then displayed on electronic signs at key locations along the freeway.

The benefits of this technology to Calgarians are:

  • Improved ability for drivers to make informed route planning choices.
  • Decreased driver frustration.
  • Collection of transportation data for planning purposes.
  • Reduction of drivers using handheld devices to predict traffic during their commute.

Stampede Parade event bleachers

Roads works closely with the Calgary Stampede to support many popular events throughout the city. One of our key duties is the permitting and placement of bleachers for the annual Stampede Parade. Roads is in the process of reviewing the existing bleacher locations to ensure these areas are easily accessible to pedestrians. Roads will also be looking for alternate locations for bleachers that may be removed from the route, and will be creating dedicated accessible zone sites throughout the route to better accommodate people with disabilities during the parade.

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Parking

Chinatown angle parking

With parking at a premium in downtown, it’s important to ensure parking lots and spaces are being used to its full potential. Roads re-vamped a parking area in Chinatown to include angled parking, creating 10 additional parking spaces on the east side of 1 Street S.E. between Riverfront Avenue and 4 Avenue S.E. The new angled parking was a simple, yet effective way of optimizing available space, and has been well-received by Calgarians.

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Streetlighting

Energy Efficient LED Lighting

Council has approved a city-wide retrofit of 80,000 streetlights between 2015-2018. For more information, visit the LED Lighting Project webpage.

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