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Crowchild Trail Corridor Study

Transportation Planning is conducting a study for Crowchild Trail from 24 Avenue N.W. to 17 Avenue S.W. The study will identify the short-term and long-term roadway upgrades necessary for moving high volumes of vehicular traffic, while supporting all other modes of transportation (walking, cycling, public transit) and minimizing impacts to adjacent communities. Study recommendations will confirm the amount of space needed (i.e. right-of-way) for the future corridor and update the current corridor plan approved in 1978.

While there is currently no funding available to construct the recommendations from this study, conducting the study now will allow The City to prioritize and plan for future transportation infrastructure projects through the 10-year Investing in Mobility plan.

Six-phased Study Plan

Following Council’s direction to restart this study in Q3 2014, the project team has developed a new six-phased study plan that will provide multiple opportunities for public feedback during each project phase, and incorporate stakeholder and citizen feedback into the decision-making process throughout the study. This approach is consistent with the Council-approved Transportation Corridor Study Policy. The Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is expected to be complete at the end of 2016.

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Public Input on Engagement Program

Phase 1 of the study will establish an Engagement Design Team to answer the question “How do we have the most effective conversation possible about the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study?” The team of approximately 20 people will be comprised of a group of citizens committed to participate, and will represent diverse perspectives including neighbouring communities, the broader community of Calgary, and different types of Crowchild Trail users.

Update on the Engagement Design Team

Recruitment for the Engagement Design Team is now closed. The project team worked with Community Associations adjacent to the Crowchild study area to identify participants. We were also looking for Calgarians from other Calgary communities to give a broader, city-wide perspective. The Engagement Design Team has been identified and all members will be notified the week of March 2 to 6. More information about the participation criteria for the Engagement Design Team can be found below.

For citizens who are not on the Engagement Design Team, your input is still valuable. You can provide input to help shape the engagement program for this study by completing this questionnaire by March 13, 2015. Your input will be shared with the Engagement Design Team when it creates the engagement program for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study.

If you are not interested in participating at this time but would like your name and contact information added to the project distribution list, submit your information here.

Engagement Design Team Participation Criteria

If you’re interested in volunteering, you must:

  • Have an interest in process design. The work of the Engagement Design Team is not about finding solutions for Crowchild Trail, but rather working with The City’s project team to design the best engagement program possible for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study.
  • Live in a community other than: Richmond/Knob Hill, Scarboro, Sunalta, Shaganappi (including Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West), West Hillhurst, Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill, St. Andrews Heights, and Banff Trail. The City is asking each of these community associations adjacent to the Crowchild Trail study area to identify a participant in this initial phase of the study. There will be many more opportunities for citizens to participate and provide input as the study progresses to the end of 2016.
  • Attend all workshops and invest sufficient time to familiarize yourself with background documents. The workshops will be scheduled as follows: Workshop #1 – Wednesday, March 11, weekday evening; Workshop #2 – Saturday, March 14, half day; Workshop #3 – Thursday, March 19, weekday evening.

Next steps

  • Input from the Engagement Design Team during Phase 1 of the study will be used to develop an engagement program that will apply to Phases 2 to 6.
  • The work of the Engagement Design Team and the resultant engagement program will be shared with the public in the spring of 2015.
  • Stakeholders such as area businesses, land owners, community residents and road users will have multiple opportunities to provide input as the study progresses.

Facts about Crowchild Trail Today

  • Classified as a skeletal road and a Supporting Goods Movement Corridor in the Calgary Transportation Plan.
  • Is one of three major, high-capacity, north-south roadways in Calgary’s overall transportation network.
  • Carries approximately 106,000 vehicles per day and experiences high traffic congestion during rush hour.
  • Is the only City-owned connection for motor vehicles of this capacity over the Bow River in northwest Calgary.
  • Has operational and safety issues near and across the Bow River in part due to the high number of access and exit points, and traffic weaving.
  • Poses schedule reliability challenges for Transit operations on a number of Primary Transit routes due to traffic congestion.
  • Has pedestrian bridges that do not have ramps for cyclists or other users.

Previous Council Direction

On July 28, 2014, Council approved the Transportation Corridor Study Policy and directed City Administration to re-start the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study in Q3 2014. The Policy was developed in response to Council’s Notice of Motion (NM2012-51), which directed City Administration to cease design work for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study following public and Councillor’s feedback on the proposed design concepts presented in fall 2012. The new six-phase process developed for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is consistent with the new Transportation Corridor Study Policy.

Previous Public Engagement in 2012

Prior to Council’s Notice of Motion (NM2012-51) in December 2012, the project team had gathered public input through an online survey and at open houses. The feedback collected in 2012 is considered part of the background information that informs the new study restarting in 2014. Key themes of what we heard at the time include:

  • Strong support to improve traffic flow on Crowchild Trail, particularly across the Bow River.
  • A strong desire from adjacent communities and businesses for additional engagement, to learn more about the project and to communicate their priorities and how they relate to Crowchild Trail.
  • Too much impact to properties and communities.
  • Questions around why Crowchild Trail needs to be free-flow and how should it look and serve Calgarians.
  • Desire for emphasis on Primary Transit with connections to downtown and between universities.
  • Desire to protect and improve the Bow River valley, sidewalk, pathway and bikeway connections.
  • Desire for greater emphasis on urban design and opportunities to improve neighbourhoods.

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