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Ward 1 News: 53 Street N.W. Bikeway Improvements

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53 Street N.W. Bikeway Improvements

Construction Update - August 2016
Concrete work for the sidewalk and curb ramps is expected to begin in August. Some temporary sidewalk and pathway closures will be required for this construction. Road marking and signage improvements are expected to be complete in fall 2016. Sign up for the email distribution list at to receive project updates.

In the spring of 2015, The City met with stakeholders, held a public open house and collected feedback online to get input about how the 53 Street N.W. Bikeway could be improved. 

Several recommendations were proposed for 53 Street N.W., which the majority of respondents supported. Please visit the project webpage to view the public input summary. 

The project team has developed an improvement plan to address the priorities identified through engagement and technical analysis, including:
•A new sidewalk between Valencia Road N.W. and Varsity Estates Grove N.W.
•A new off-street pathway connection and curb ramps at the Crowchild Trail roundabout
•Improved pathway connections at Valencia Road N.W., Valhalla Circle N.W. and Varsity Estates Drive N.W.
•A new, formalized parking lane and new painted bicycle lane buffers between Varsity Drive N.W. and Valiant Drive N.W.
•Improved delineation for the parking lane and bike lane on 40 Avenue N.W., between 53 Street N.W. and 52 Street N.W.
For more information about the project and to view the final improvement plans, visit

Tree removal

The City is making every effort to avoid impacting any trees. However, one tree may need to be removed on the west side of 53 Street N.W. at Valhalla Crescent N.W. to provide sufficient space for the sidewalk. If a tree is removed, the project will pay compensation to The City's Urban Forestry fund, which will pay for new trees to be planted within the city.

Bus stop relocation
The bus stop located on the west side of 53 Street N.W. at Valhalla Crescent N.W. will be moved one block, south of Varsity Estates Grove N.W. The new location will be closer to a marked crosswalk to improve accessibility and potential use.



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