The City is in its third year of the five-year pilot project. Below is an update on each rubber surface location.
85 Avenue S.E., near 24 Street - bus stop
Kensington Village - space between curb and sidewalk (boulevard)
Charleswood Drive - sidewalk
- Between Morley Trail and Cherokee Drive, in front of the church, replaced the original rubber with a newer material in summer 2013 to see if the surface would be better for removing snow by machine.
- Between Cherokee Drive and 24 Street, replaced the original rubber sidewalk with asphalt because the rubber material was making it hard to shovel snow.
- Between 24 Street and Capri Avenue, the original rubber remains in place, under review.
In 2010, The City began a five-year pilot project to test a new way of building sidewalk-type surfaces by using rubber instead of concrete. We are testing three locations:
- 85 Avenue S.E., near 24 Street- bus stop
- Kensington Road- boulevard area, between curb and sidewalk
- Charleswood Drive (east side), between Crowchild Trail and Capri Avenue
There are a number of reasons to try rubber sidewalks in Calgary’s environment:
- Costs less than concrete
- Durable in all seasons
- Safe surface, even when wet
- Rubber can be used for other surfaces where concrete is not ideal (pathway detours during construction)
- Shorter construction time
It’s also good for the environment:
- Drains water into soil, not onto the road
- Lowers sound levels from traffic
- Safe, non-toxic, and flame resistant
- Saves trees by not having to remove roots for construction
- Recycles tires