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Crowchild Trail Study: Future needs

Planning for growth

Over the next 30 to 60 years, Calgary’s population is expected to more than double. The Calgary Transportation Plan contains policies that shape Calgary’s transportation network over the next 30 to 60 years.

The City of Calgary has two long-range plans that work together to provide direction on how Calgary will develop over the next 30 to 60 years:

  1. The Municipal Development Plan contains policies that shape how Calgary grows and develops in future. The Municipal Development Plan aims to build a city where people can choose from a variety of housing types in numerous unique communities.
  2. The Calgary Transportation Plan contains policies that shape Calgary’s transportation network. It aims to provide multiple transportation options so all Calgarians—whether they drive, bike, take transit, or walk, some of the time or all of the time—are able to travel safely and conveniently to meet their daily needs.

Crowchild Trail will need to serve a growing city.

We’re planning for a city that has double the population, but not double the size. This means:

  • More people living in inner city neighbourhoods as redevelopment occurs over time.
  • More multi-family units in communities across the city.
  • More people living closer to their daily amenities and major destinations.
  • More employment centres outside of the downtown core (e.g. West Campus, Quarry Park, etc.).
  • More people travelling across the city, not just downtown, to work.
  • More people using the transportation network—whether they walk, cycle, take transit or drive.

The Calgary Transportation Plan promotes all modes of transportation.

  • Traditionally, municipal transportation plans have focused on moving vehicles. The Calgary Transportation Plan contains policies that have an increased emphasis on walking, cycling, and transit.
  • Currently, The City estimates that 77 per cent of daily trips are by personal vehicle. The Calgary Transportation Plan aims to reduce this to 55 per cent of daily trips.
  • The Calgary Transportation Plan contains policies for developing a transportation system that provides safe, convenient, reliable and affordable transportation options—walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving—for all people.
  • Providing convenient and reliable transportation options will help reduce the number of trips that rely on the use of personal vehicles.
  • However, even if there is a reduction in the per cent of daily trips by personal vehicle, the overall number of personal vehicles will still increase as the population doubles over time.
  • The Crowchild Trail Study looks at addressing the long-term needs of Crowchild Trail for all modes of transportation.

Study process

We’re in Phase 6: Reporting and Completion

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Crowchild Trail and the Calgary Transportation Plan

We heard from participants that they wanted to learn more about the Calgary Transportation Plan, and how Crowchild Trail fits within that plan.

To learn more, review the presentation Planning for Growth: Crowchild Trail and the Calgary Transportation Network.

Note: The presentation was originally prepared for an information session hosted by Councillor Evan Woolley on Oct. 1, 2015. It has been modified for web purposes.