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Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street (Phase 1)

The City installed new traffic lane markings to include on-street bike lanes on Bowness Road as part of scheduled road paving in October 2014. The new roadway design improves safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users in the Bowness Community by:

  • Reducing the number of lanes pedestrians have to cross.
  • Reducing frequency of rear-end collisions.
  • Reducing frequency of side-swipe collisions from sudden lane changes.
  • Improving speed limit compliance.
  • Decreasing severity of collisions when they do occur.
  • Providing a safer place for people riding bicycles.
  • Providing a buffer between people walking and driving.

New roadway design

The new roadway design includes two travel lanes, a two way left turn lane and bike lanes.

Bowness Road as a Complete Street with new vehicle and bike lanes

Traffic flow

A two-way left turn lane allows vehicles from each direction to turn left using the same centre lane. A two-way left turn lane has been installed along Bowness Road N.W. between 44 and 46 Avenue N.W. and between 79 and 83 Avenue N.W. 

Take a look at these travel tips​ for new traffic lane markings.

Travel tips for two-way left turn lanes: 

  • Motorists and cyclists are allowed to cross a solid yellow line to enter the centre lane.
  • Enter the lane close to your turning location and watch for oncoming vehicles in the centre lane.

For more information on two-way left turn lanes refer to the Alberta Transportation Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and licensing Cars and Light Trucks.

Summary of community engagement

  • January 14, 2015: The City hosted an information session about the new lane configuration on Bowness Road between 48 Avenue and 70 Street N.W. The session also gathered feedback on opportunities to improve the new lane configuration. The summary report on the feedback provided is now available.
  • March 12, 2014: Bowness Community Association (BCA) invites staff from Transportation Planning to the Planning and Development Committee to talk about potential changes to the roadway with the upcoming roadway resurfacing. Planning and the Development Committee agree to discuss potential changes with the board. 
  • March 2014: the BCA posted a page on their website discussing the proposal. Signs around community were posted to promote the survey. BCA issues an email circular within the community.
  • March - April 2014: BCA initiates a community wide survey for approximately three weeks. There were 105 respondents in Bowness, 89% of which stated they were supportive of the proposal.
  • March 27, 2014: The Main Street BRZ announces support of the proposal.
  • April 8, 2014 Belvedere Parkway Elementary School Council encourages the BCA to support proposal.
  • April 11, 2014: BCA states their support of the Complete Street Proposal for Bowness Road. Councillor Sutherland announces his support on Twitter.
  • September, 2014: City staff develop the Bowness Road Education Brochure and begin distribution at schools, bus stop at 77 ST, the Bownesian, and Cadence Coffee. Variable message boards installed to announce construction commencing.
  • September 15, 2014: Milling of roadway commences.
  • September 15, 2014: The BCA invite City staff to the Planning and Development Committee to give an update on the project.

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