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Crowchild Trail Corridor Study

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Transportation Planning is conducting a six-phase study for Crowchild Trail from 24 Avenue N.W. to 17 Avenue S.W.

Where We Are At

  • As part of Phase 1, the Engagement Design Team met in three workshops in a little over a week to identify appropriate tools for engaging stakeholders for Phase 2 to 6 of the study. 
  • In Workshop #3, the team collaborated on a series of recommendations to the draft engagement program they helped develop for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study.
  • The project team will now take the feedback from the Engagement Design Team for Phases 2 to 6 and create a complete engagement plan to be circulated to the Engagement Design Team for review. 
  • Learn more about the work of the Engagement Design Team in the Public Input on Engagement Program section below.

How You Can Provide Input

  • Citizens had the opportunity to help shape the engagement program by providing input through an online questionnaire that was open to the public for two weeks.
  • Results from the online questionnaire were reviewed by the Engagement Design Team in Workshop #2 when they were designing the engagement program.
  • Opportunities to improve Crowchild Trail will be examined over the next two years, especially in Phases 3 to 5 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. Sign-up here to receive email updates.

Study Outcomes

  • 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.
  • The study will identify the short-term and long-term roadway upgrades necessary for moving high volumes of vehicular traffic.
  • The study will look at how best to support other modes of transportation (walking, cycling, public transit) while minimizing impacts to adjacent communities.
  • The study will also look at the impacts of a no-build option for Crowchild Trail—that is, what happens to travel along and across the Crowchild Trail corridor if no changes are made (as per the Transportation Corridor Study Policy).

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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No funding is currently available to construct recommendations from this study—conducting the study now enables The City to determine the amount of space (i.e. right-of-way) needed for future improvements, and allows The City to prioritize future transportation infrastructure projects through the 10-year Investing in Mobility plan.

Public Input on Engagement Program

Phase 1 of the study establishes an Engagement Design Team to answer the question “How do we have the most effective conversation possible about the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study?” Learn more about the Engagement Design Team.

Engagement Design Team Workshops

The Engagement Design Team is meeting in three workshops to help develop an engagement program that will give Calgarians multiple opportunities to provide input as the study progresses over the next two years.

Workshop Description Workshop Materials What Participants Discussed
Workshop #1 – Provide project overview; Introduce key engagement principles; Review engagement tools; Assess sample engagement framework (i.e. straw model) 
  • Who are the stakeholders
  • Engagement Tools
  • Sample engagement framework (i.e. straw model)
Workshop #2 – Review straw models created by participants; Design engagement program for Crowchild Study
  • Straw models developed by participants
  • Stakeholders and engagement tools for Phase 2 of study
  • Engagement tools for Phases 3 to 6 of study
Workshop #3 – Final engagement program presentation; Confirm way forward; Identify information needs
  • Recommendations for a draft Phase 2 engagement program
  • Information needed by stakeholders for Phase 2 of study
  • Review of engagement tools for Phases 3 to 6 of study

Next steps

  • An engagement plan, which will incorporate the engagement program created by the Engagement Design Team, will need to be approved by the General Manager, Transportation.
  • 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, a supporting goods movement corridor, and part of the Primary Transit Network 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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