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Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street (Phase 2)

Project Update

Work is almost complete and the remaining work that was planned for this year will take place over the next few weeks (weather dependent).

In order to accommodate ongoing work to the CP Rail underpass, a detour for people cycling and walking will be in place on Wednesday, November 22.

Bowness Rd. NW - CP Rail Underpass Construction Detour for walking and Cycling

  • Both the north and south pathways on the CPRail underpass will be closed for construction.
  • The pathway on the north side will be closed for the installation of the railing as well as final paving.
  • The pathway on the south side will be closed for ongoing construction of the retaining wall.
  • People walking and cycling will be detoured onto Bowness Road N.W.
  • Only one lane of traffic will be open, with alternating traffic directed by field crews on-site.
Thank you for your patience during construction. For more information contact 311


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Complete street improvements between 70 Street N.W. and 52 Street N.W.

This summer, Bowness Road N.W. was re-paved between 70 Street N.W. and 60 Street N.W. as part of The City’s regular maintenance program. At the same time, several mobility improvements were made for all travel modes:

  • Pedestrian improvements along the entire corridor: new curb ramps, sidewalk repairs, curb extensions, pedestrian crossing lights and refuge islands
  • Extension of the on-street bicycle lanes from 70 Street N.W.
  • Added dedicated left-turn lanes at 32 Avenue N.W. and 33 Avenue N.W. to improve traffic flow
  • Pathway improvements and connections
  • Improved waiting areas for transit users
  • CP Rail underpass repair and pathway upgrades
  • Intersection improvements and traffic calming measures at Bowwood Drive N.W. / 33 Avenue N.W. and Bowwood Drive / 64 Street / 36 Avenue N.W.
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The City used public input, technical analysis and cost considerations to select and refine the final plans. These plans have been updated since the fall 2016 workshops.

Bike lanes will not be implemented through the BIA at this time. The City will study how people driving and biking use the new configuration before deciding how to best accommodate both travel modes.

For those not comfortable continuing through the BIA without a bicycle facility, please use the alternate routes shown on the detailed improvement plans below.


Bowness Road N.W. Phase 2 improvement plans (detailed)

Bowwood Drive / 33 Avenue N.W.

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Bowwood Drive / 36 Avenue / 64 Street N.W.

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Parking use and changes

Parking is currently permitted along both sides of Bowness Road N.W. for the majority of the project area. There are approximately 195 existing parking spaces on Bowness Road N.W. The City conducted a parking study in November 2015 (weekday study from 7-8:30 p.m.) and found that parking is extremely well-used in the BIA, with more than 90 per cent occupancy during peak hours, which were from 2-3:30 p.m. Outside of the BIA, parking occupancy was approximately 57 per cent during the peak period (2-3:30 p.m.) and 51 per cent throughout the rest of the day. Parking on the majority of side streets was underused.

Data from the parking study, along with public input and further detailed design helped to inform the parking changes (as seen on the detailed improvement plans above).

  • Between 66 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W., parking has been removed on the north side and six spaces have been removed on the south side of Bowness Road N.W.
  • Six new parking spaces have been added on the north side of Bowness Road N.W. between 67 Street N.W. and 66 Street N.W. to help offset the parking removal between 66 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W.

The project team carefully considered several factors when deciding how to balance the needs of all stakeholders and people traveling on Bowness Road N.W.:

  • There is currently capacity to park more cars on the south side of Bowness Road N.W.
  • The parking study showed parking on the north side parking is used less than on the south side
  • Removing parking on the north side improves visibility and sightlines for approaching vehicles (cars or bikes) when drivers are exiting the driveways
  • Parking on the south side provides direct access to the playground
  • All parcels on the north side have lane access and on-street parking. There is a residence on the south side that has street access only

The City is communicating with residents and landowners where other parking changes are required to meet road standards and to accommodate bike lane transitions and curb extensions.

Map showing parking use based on a parking study conducted by The City of Calgary. (Click on image to enlarge)

Project overview

The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more liveable by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.

The project takes advantage of the road resurfacing and will improve safety and mobility for all road users:

People walking

  • Improve pathways and connections, sidewalks, crossings and accessibility
  • Improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds
  • Identify opportunities to make streetscape enhancements, alongside the Bowness Road Main Streets Initiative

People driving

  • Make the road more predictable
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Adjust and re-stripe angle parking through BIA to improve visibility for people backing out of stalls

People biking

  • Complete a gap in the bicycle network between the Bow River Pathway at Shouldice Bridge and the Bowness Road Complete Street Phase 1 project.(Bowness Road N.W. is a strong desire line currently used by people biking)
  • Improve cycling connections to key destinations

People taking transit

  • Improved waiting areas

This project aligns with several Council-approved policies: Municipal Development Plan, Calgary Transportation Plan, Complete Streets, Cycling Strategy, 2020 Sustainability Direction and Pathway & Bikeways Implementation Plan (2001)).

Public engagement & communications

Stakeholder input is an important part of shaping Bowness’ transportation network so it functions effectively for all users (people cycling, walking, driving or taking transit). Please see the summary and verbatim reports below for details on what was heard during the engagement process.

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Public engagement documents

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