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Adaptive sidewalks

Family using adaptive sidewalk along 73 Street S.W.
Family using adaptive sidewalk along 73 Street S.W.

An adaptive sidewalk is a way to provide a safe, dedicated space for pedestrians by altering streets. They are used where there is no existing sidewalk or we cannot build a traditional one. They are intended for pedestrians, including people who use mobility scooters, wheelchairs, strollers or children under the age of 14 on bicycles.

Adaptive sidewalk design

Two adaptive sidewalks were built in 2017. Low concrete curbs with white posts were installed on the roadway to separate pedestrians from traffic. Signage is installed to mark where adaptive sidewalks are, so that people driving know where they can drive or park. In some cases, traffic calming curbs are installed along with the concrete curbs.

Filling the gaps in our sidewalk network

As part of the Pedestrian Strategy, we are looking for ways to activate streets and build missing connections within our sidewalk network. Adaptive sidewalks will help eliminate some of the sidewalk gaps or missing links that exist in our sidewalk network. Providing these connections will help people walking safely connect to the destinations they are travelling to. In some cases, roads have traffic lanes that are wider than required, which can lead to speeding concerns. The extra space can be converted to adaptive sidewalks so that pedestrians can use the space. Narrower traffic lanes can help reduce speeding.