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

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Project overview

Bowness Road N.W.
Bowness Road N.W., between 70 Street N.W. and Shouldice Bridge, is scheduled for re-paving in 2017. This work presents an opportunity to cost-effectively improve the current road design so it functions better for all road users. Street improvements can enhance vibrancy along the main street and improve the pedestrian and cycling environment, as well as reduce speeding and shortcutting.

The project goals are to:

  • Improve safety and mobility for all road users on Bowness Road N.W.
  • Complete a gap in the bicycle network between 70 Street N.W. and the Bow River pathway.
  • Work alongside the Bowness Road Main Streets Initiative to identify streetscape enhancements.

Bowwood Drive & 33 Avenue N.W.
The work on Bowness Road N.W. also provides an opportunity to save costs on adjacent improvements that would resolve community concerns. The intersections of Bowwood Drive / 36 Avenue / 64 Street N.W. and Bowwood Drive / 33 Avenue N.W have been identified to be reconfigured to improve safety at these locations. 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?

  • Take advantage of the planned road resurfacing
  • Align with Council policies (Complete Streets, Cycling Strategy and Bikeways and Pathways Implementation Plan)
  • Improve safety and mobility for everyone on Bowness Road N.W.
  • Complete a gap in the bicycle network between the Bow River Pathway at Shouldice Bridge and the Bowness Road Complete Street Phase 1 project
  • Identify opportunities to improve cycling connections to key destinations
  • Formalize and improve safety on this desired route that people are already using
    • A 24-hour bicycle count in 2015 showed
      •  138 bikes at 77 Street N.W. and Bowness Road N.W., compared to 69 bikes prior to the installation of the phase 1 bike lanes in 2014
      •  251 bikes at 65 Street N.W. and Bowness Road N.W.

(Click for larger image) Map showing cyclist usage based on Strava data. Strava is a website and mobile application that uses GPS to track users’ cycling activity. It is a voluntary application and doesn’t represent all people who bike in the area. The red lines indicate high cyclist activity (darker lines mean more users) and the blue lines represent fewer people cycling. This image is from, October 12, 2016.

Why not an alternate corridor?

Alternate streets have been considered, including Bowwood Drive N.W. and Bow Crescent, but did not provide the same benefits as Bowness Road N.W.:

Public engagement & communications

Stakeholder input will be 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:

  • 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. project

Stakeholder meeting #1

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

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

Stakeholders discussed potential improvements for Bowness Road. N.W. and identified concerns about changes, particularly in the commercial area. Many stakeholders were concerned adding a bicycle facility would result in losing the angle parking. Stakeholders indicated it was imperative the character of the business district and community to maintain the angled parking. At the end of the meeting, attendees agreed to meet again to provide feedback on possible options prior to a public open house.

What we heard:

  • Postpone implementation to 2017 when the Bowfort Road interchange will be completed, and traffic patterns in the area are anticipated to return to more normal conditions.
  • Safe cycling accommodation is important.
  • Angled parking should be maintained in the BRZ.
  • Opportunities to improve the pedestrian environment should be leveraged.
  • Complete streets projects can encourage higher density mixed use redevelopment.
  • Improving awareness of cyclists on Bowness Road N.W. through education will be important.
  • Opportunities to slow speeds within the BRZ area and add gateway treatments should be leveraged.

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.

What we heard:
The preferred improvement along the corridor for all segments a physically separated bicycle lane in both directions. The most frequently cited reasons for it being preferred were 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 going to a public open house. The meeting was very positive, with the BRZ indicating they could and would support Option A (Complete Street Light). 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 had 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 a workshop to learn about the project and provide feedback on intersection design options, proposed parking changes, pedestrian, pathway and streetscape improvements and bicycle facilities.

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

Next steps

An input summary from the workshop and online feedback will be posted online in late 2016. The project team will refine the improvement plan using public input, cost and technical analysis to make a recommendation for area improvements. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017. The final plan will be posted prior to construction.

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