Thank you to everyone who attended the options evaluation workshops on October 18, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association.
If you were unable to attend the workshops, please complete a feedback form here until Nov.7, 2016.
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The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more liveable city by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.
Northmount Drive N.W. 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 improve traffic flow and pedestrian crossings, as well as accommodate bicycle lanes, which were recommended on Northmount Drive N.W. in the 2001 Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan and in the 2014 Complete Streets Guide.
Map showing key destinations along Northmount Drive N.W. and a gap in the bicycle network.
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Why are we doing this project?
- Improve safety and mobility for everyone on Northmount Drive N.W.
- Complete a gap in the bicycle network between Northland Drive N.W. and 10 Street N.W.
- Formalize and improve safety on this desired route that people are already using
- A 24-hour bicycle count in June 2014 showed
- 130 bikes at Northmount Drive N.W. and 19 Street N.W.
- 212 bikes at Northmount Drive N.W. and Carol Drive N.W.
- Strava data also shows Northmount Drive N.W. is a well-used and desired route.
- Formalize and improve safety on this desired route.
- Take advantage of the planned road resurfacing.
- Align with Council policies (Complete Streets, Cycling Strategy and Pathway & Bikeways Implementation Plan (2001)).
- Identify opportunities to improve cycling connections to key destinations.
Strava is a website and mobile application that uses GPS to track users’ cycling activity. Strava is a voluntary application and its data does not represent all people who bicycle in the area. The Strava cycling data for Northmount Drive N.W. shows a clear desire line from Northland Drive N.W. to Cambrian Drive N.W. It also shows strong connections to Brisebois Drive N.W., Charleswood Drive N.W., 19 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W.
Heat map showing cyclist usage based on Strava data. The red lines indicate high cyclist activity (darker lines mean more users) and the blue lines represent few to no people cycling. This image is from strava.com.
Have other streets been considered?
Alternate streets have been considered but did not provide the same benefits as Northmount Drive N.W., such as:
- Priority 1 snow clearance. All Priority 1 routes are plowed, sanded and salted by the end of the first 24-hours after the snow has stopped.
- A central location to serve the communities between Crowchild Trail and John Laurie Boulevard.
- Provides direct access to businesses, schools and transit for people who bicycle.
- There are existing traffic signals, which are preferred by people who bicycle over roads with stop signs or uncontrolled intersections to avoid having to start and stop every block. Traffic signals also facilitate safer crossings, particularly at large intersections like 14 Street N.W.
- More elevation change on other corridors.
- Some parking removal would be required on other corridors as well.
Please view this chart for a comparison of alternative routes.
Parking is currently permitted on both sides of Northmount Drive N.W. for the majority of the study area except in front of schools. The City conducted parking studies in November 2014 (weekday study from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and April 2016 (weekend study from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and found that most on-street parking is used less than 50 per cent of the time. Parking on several side streets is highly used (80 per cent or greater); however parking on the majority of side streets is under-used.
This data will help inform if and how parking could be adjusted.
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.
Public engagement & communications
The public engagement process includes two stakeholder meetings, two public open houses, online feedback, and ongoing communications. Adjacent residents and community members will be invited to participate and provide their feedback at an open house in winter/spring 2016.
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Stakeholder meeting #1
The first stakeholder meeting was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Triwood Community Association. Attendees represented adjacent residents, Community Associations, Bike Calgary, area schools and businesses.
Meeting attendees heard a presentation about why a bikeway is proposed in this area, the existing conditions for all road users (those who walk, bicycle, take transit and drive) and some of the challenges and opportunities for the proposed bikeway. Attendees formed smaller groups to discuss the study area and identify concerns and possible solutions with the project team.
After the meeting we heard:
- Concerns about the proposed bikeway impacting parking and school pick-ups/drop-offs
- A need for designated roadway space for people who bicycle to improve cyclist safety along the study area
- Traffic congestion is a concern
- The area sidewalks are in poor condition
Open house and online feedback
More than 250 people attended the open house on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association. Feedback forms were available online from February 17 – 24, 2016. In total, more than 600 feedback forms were submitted. The summary report can be seen here.
Spring 2016 workshops
During the public engagement in February 2016, The City heard concerns from citizens about parking, congestion, pedestrian safety and school pick-up/drop-off zones. To better understand these concerns and ideas for possible solutions, The City held two resident workshops in May and one public workshop in June.
More than 30 people attended workshops for adjacent residents and businesses on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association and May 28, 2016 at the Brentwood Sportsplex. More than 80 people attended the public workshop on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Brentwood Sportsplex.
View the summary report, comments collected on maps and verbatim comments.
Options Evaluation Workshop
The project team used the feedback collected from previous engagement opportunities, along with technical analysis, to develop some improvement options for Northmount Drive N.W.
The public was invited to participate in an options evaluation workshop on October 18, 2016 at the Triwood Community Association to provide feedback on:
- proposed bike lane concept
- intersection improvement options
- proposed parking changes
- school bus pick-up and drop-off zone improvements
- streetscape and pedestrian improvements
If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can view the presentation and information handout and complete a feedback form here until November 7, 2016.
An input summary will be posted online in late 2016.
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