Crowchild Trail is a critical part of Calgary’s transportation network.
Crowchild Trail’s function as the main north-south link across the west side of Calgary and access to the city center was identified as early as the 1959 Calgary Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.
Since then, Crowchild Trail’s role in Calgary’s transportation network has been confirmed through a number of transportation plans over the past decades, including the most recent plan - the Calgary Transportation Plan - approved in 2009.
Role of Crowchild Trail
The 60-year Calgary Transportation Plan identifies Crowchild Trail as a skeletal road.
- Skeletal roads attract traffic that needs to travel long distances so other roadways and neighbourhood streets (e.g. 16 Ave., Kensington Rd.) can provide local access.
- Crowchild Trail is the primary north-south link across the west side of Calgary and for connecting to major destinations across the city.
- A Crowchild Trail that functions well will discourage commuters from short-cutting through nearby communities.
- Crowchild Trail needs to accommodate future transportation demands that will result from the continued growth of Calgary.