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

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View the input summary from the fall 2016 options evaluation workshops.

The project team is using public input, along with cost and technical analysis to refine the improvement plan. The final plan will be posted prior to construction, which is expected to begin this spring.

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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.

Bowness Road N.W., between 70 Street N.W. and Shouldice Bridge, is scheduled for re-paving in 2017, which presents an opportunity to cost-effectively improve the current road design so it functions better for people who walk, bike, drive and take transit.

The project will consider ways to enhance vibrancy along the main street, reduce speeding and shortcutting, improve the pedestrian environment and add bicycle facilities, which were recommended in the 2001 Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan and in the 2014 Complete Streets Guide.

Bowwood Drive & 33 Avenue N.W.
The work on Bowness Road N.W. also provides an opportunity to save costs on adjacent improvements to resolve community concerns. The intersections of Bowwood Drive / 36 Avenue / 64 Street N.W. and Bowwood Drive / 33 Avenue N.W. have been identified for safety improvements. Speed humps are also planned on 33 Avenue N.W. near River Valley School to reduce speeding in the playground zone.

Study area

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Why are we doing this project?

Have other streets been considered?

The City analyzed Bowwood Drive N.W. and Bow Crescent N.W. as possible alternate routes. These streets were considered, but did not provide the same benefits as Bowness Road N.W.:

  • Direct connectivity to the Main Street Bowness Business Revitalization Zone and transit stops
  • Connections to other bikeways in the area
  • Bowness Road N.W. is the clear desire line
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Parking is currently permitted along both sides of Bowness Road N.W. for the majority of the study 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 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) and found that parking is extremely well-used in the BRZ, with more than 90 per cent occupancy during peak hours (2-3:30 p.m.). Outside of the BRZ, parking occupancy was approximately 57 per cent during the peak period and 51 per cent throughout the rest of the day, and parking on the majority of side streets was underutilized.

Data from the parking study, along with public input, helped to inform the proposed parking changes.

  • Parking consolidation is only required on one block (66 Street N.W. to 65 Street N.W.)
  • There are several opportunities to add new parking, which could result in a net increase of up to 14 spaces along the corridor

Parking removal between 65 Street N.W. and 66 Street N.W.

Parking is recommended to be removed on the north side of Bowness Road N.W., between 65 Street N.W. and 66 Street N.W. to fit the mobility improvements. 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 three additional cars on the south side of Bowness Road N.W.
  • The parking study showed the north side parking is used less than 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 facilitates 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
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For information on residential parking permits and how to establish a new parking permit zone, please visit the Residential Parking Permit Program.

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

Public engagement & communications

Stakeholder input is an important part of shaping Bowness’s transportation network so it functions effectively for all users (people cycling, walking, driving or taking transit).

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Business Revitalization Zone meeting #1

Before the first stakeholder meeting, the project team met with the BRZ on January 28, 2015. At this meeting, we heard concerns about:

  • Bowness Road N.W. Phase 1 Complete Street implementation and engagement
  • Confusion about City projects, names and jargon
  • Loss of angle parking in the BRZ
  • Upcoming “token” engagement around the Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street (Phase 2) project

Stakeholder meeting #1

The first stakeholder meeting was held on February 3, 2015. There were 19 attendees representing:

  • Ward 1
  • Bowness Community Association
  • Bowness Main Street Business Revitalization Zone and local businesses
  • Bowness Seniors Centre
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Advisory Committee on Accessibility
  • City of Calgary Parks
  • Calgary Sport Council
  • Calgary Catholic School District
  • Urban Development Institute
  • Cycling groups

Stakeholders discussed potential improvements for Bowness Road. N.W. and identified concerns about changes, particularly in the commercial area. At the end of the meeting, attendees agreed to meet again to provide feedback on possible options prior to broader public engagement.

​What we heard What we did
​Project implementation should be postponed to 2017, when the Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange Project has been completed. ​The project schedule was modified to accommodate this request.
​It's critical to maintain angle parking. ​All options within the BRZ maintain angle parking.
​Education will be important to improve awareness of cyclists. ​Education is an ongoing initiative and how-to information will be distributed during construction to share tips and safety information to help all road users move together.
​Opportunity to slow speeds with traffic calming and gateway treatments. ​Options include pedestrian island medians and bike lanes, which contribute to traffic calming by narrowing travel lanes. Gateway treatments are also being investigated as part of the project.
​Opportunity to improve pedestrian improvement. ​All options presented throughout the BRZ include sidewalks on both sides of the road. No existing sidewalk widths have been compromised. Pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions are recommended at several intersections.

For more detailed information, please see the meeting notes, group discussion notes and input summary.

Stakeholder meeting #2

The second stakeholder meeting was held on October 14, 2015. There were 17 attendees representing Ward 1, the Business Revitalization Zone, the Bowness Community Association, Pathways and Trails, local businesses and cycle groups. The project team used the stakeholder input from the first meeting to develop some possibilities for bike facilities in the study area, all of which maintain angled parking through the BRZ.

Stakeholders heard apresentation about the status of the project, a summary of what we’ve heard so far and possibilities to improve conditions for people walking and biking. Next the group took a walking tour of the commercial area to discuss the possibilities in more detail. After the tour, attendees reviewed the possibilities in small groups to identify where pedestrian improvements were needed, which bike facilities they preferred and how they could be further improved to better fit in the community. Stakeholders could provide written feedback at the end of the meeting and after the meeting an online feedback form was emailed to the complete stakeholder list (approximately 85 people).

What we heard:
The preferred improvement along the corridor for all segments is a physically separated bicycle lane in both directions. The most frequently cited reasons for it being preferred included: maintaining a consistent roadway treatment, providing traffic calming, providing the best access to the Bowness Main Street, and being the safest option. For more detailed information, please see the input summary.

Business Revitalization Zone meeting #2

The project team attended the March 29, 2016 BRZ meeting to gather feedback on the preliminary options before engaging the public. The meeting was very positive, with the BRZ indicating they could and would support Option A Light (painted bicycle lanes). Several refinements to Option A were suggested. Please see the What We Heard report for details.

Business Revitalization Zone meeting #3

The project team attended the April 26, 2016 BRZ meeting to report back on what we heard and show a revised concept plan reflecting comments from the March 29, 2016 meeting prior to the open house. There were several new attendees at this meeting, and the sentiments conveyed were issues we recognized and understood, but had been worked through during the previous year of engagement.

Options evaluation workshop and online feedback

The public was invited to attend one of two public workshops to learn about the project and provide feedback on intersection design options, proposed parking changes, pedestrian, pathway and streetscape improvements and bicycle facilities.

In total, 63 people attended the workshops on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Irish Cultural Society. Feedback forms were available online until November 7, 2016. More than 260 feedback forms were submitted.

The input summary contains a full report of what we heard at the workshops.

Verbatim comments from feedback forms, online responses, maps and flip charts are also available here.

Next steps

The project team is using public input, along with cost and technical analysis to refine the improvement plan. The final plan will be posted prior to construction, which is expected to begin spring 2017.

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