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East Central Complete Street Network

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Construction will begin in mid-August 2017 and is expected to be complete in November 2017.

Adjacent residents and businesses will be notified prior to construction if access will be temporarily impacted. The City will make every effort to minimize disruptions during construction.

Construction is weather dependent and timelines may change.

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East Central construction translation

Project update - Phase 1 construction beginning August 2017

This summer, The City of Calgary will improve several streets in East Central Calgary to safely accommodate all travel modes. Complete Streets provide safe, efficient transportation options for all modes of transportation regardless of age, physical ability or income level. They provide transportation options that allow people to walk, cycle and take transit as efficient ways to travel.

There are several signed bicycle routes in this area, but little physical infrastructure.

Throughout the year-long public engagement process, The City collected feedback about the project including bicycle routes and facilities, and intersection and pedestrian improvements. The public helped The City identify two east-west bicycle routes and one north-south route, to make up the network.

Due to limited funding, The City will phase construction, beginning with Phase 1 this summer.

Phase 1 – overall improvement plans


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North-South (detailed): Marlborough Way N.E. / 40 Street S.E.

Marbank Drive N.E. to Fonda Close S.E.
Fonda Park to 18 Avenue S.E.

East-West (detailed): 8 Avenue S.E. / 10 Avenue S.E. (Barlow Trail S.E. to 52 Street S.E.)

Barlow Trail S.E. to 37 Street S.E.
37 Street S.E. to 52 Street S.E.

Parking use and changes

Parking has been removed in some locations and shifted as needed to accommodate the overall improvements.

The project team carefully considered several factors when deciding how to balance the needs of all stakeholders. The City understands parking loss is difficult and decisions about changes to roadways in established neighbourhoods often involve challenging trade-offs.

The City is communicating with residents and landowners where parking changes are required.

Phase 2 - Complete Street improvements

Phase 2 will be constructed when funding becomes available, and will include a second east-west route on Marlborough Drive N.E. / Maidstone Drive N.E. (between Penbrook Drive S.E. and Barlow Trail N.E.) and 8 Avenue N.E. / 5 Avenue N.E., west of 36 Street N.E. Phase 2 also includes the extension of the Phase 1 bike lanes east on 8 Avenue S.E., from 52 Street S.E. to Penbrooke Drive S.E.

East Central Complete Street Network Phased Construction

East Central construction Phase 2

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.

This project will improve safety and mobility for all users:

People walking

  • Improve pedestrian crossings and curb ramps
  • Improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds

People driving

  • Improve road markings
  • Improve and/or manage congestion
  • Reduce speeding and collisions
  • Make the road more predictable

People biking

  • Combination of on-street bike lanes and shared spaces for bicycles and vehicles
  • New paved pathway connections, multi-use crossings and bicycle ramps
  • Provide cycling connectivity within neighbourhoods, to businesses, the pathway system and City Centre

People taking transit

  • Improve 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

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Stakeholder meeting #1

Nine people attended the first stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Forest Heights Community Association. Meeting attendees heard a presentation about why The City is trying to improve bicycle facilities in east central Calgary, some of the considerations for planning a bikeway network and the current conditions for all road users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit customers and motorists). The project team and meeting attendees discussed the challenges and opportunities for implementing bikeways in the area, and identified key destinations inside and outside the communities for people who bicycle.

Meeting attendees said providing connections across busy roads and the Bow River were the most important factors for improving conditions for people who bicycle. View the public input summary for more details.

Open house #1

Approximately 30 people attended the first open house on June 10, 2015 at the Forest Heights Community Association to share their thoughts about possible bikeway routes in east central Calgary. Feedback was also collected online from June 11 - 18, 2015. A total of 56 feedback forms were collected.

View the June 10, 2015 open house display boards and the public input summary for more details.

Stakeholder meeting #2

The second stakeholder meeting was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Forest Heights Community Association.

Meeting attendees heard a presentation about how public input was used to create the proposed bike network for east central Calgary. The group discussed which routes should be prioritized for construction. The group also provided suggestions for improvements and possible new routes. View a summary of the discussion and feedback.

Public open house and online feedback

More than 40 people attended the open house on April 13, 2016 at the Forest Heights Community Association. View a summary of the input.

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