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Ward 1 News: Update on Bowness Road Complete Street Project

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Ward 1 official websiteNEWS RELEASE - March 18, 2015

Re: 52 & 53 ST NW - Bikeway Reviews

In late March, key stakeholders will be invited to drop in at the Maranatha Christian Reformed Church to view projection information boards and meet the project team.

The City of Calgary is working to make Calgary a more livable city by creating vibrant, healthy communities through walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. The City monitors and adjusts existing bikeways based on feedback from 3-1-1 calls, citizen requests to Councillors and dialogue with bikeway users. The bikeways on 52 Street N.W. from Home Road to Bowness Road N.W. and on 53 Street N.W. from 40 Avenue N.W. to Crowchild Trail have been identified for review.

The goals for the bikeway reviews are to:

• Improve access, safety and mobility for all road users
• Review operations and traffic flow
• Identify opportunities to enhance the operation and quality of the existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities
• Determine where on-street parking should be located

An open house is planned for May 2015. Once a date is finalized, the Ward 1 Office will notify residents of Bowness.


NEWS RELEASE - January 5, 2015


Bowness Road Complete Street Project Information Session  
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 drop-in anytime between 4 to 8 p.m.  
Bowness Scouts and Lions Hall, 8551 Bowness Road N.W. Calgary, Alberta


The Bowness Road Complete Street project team would like to hear from you! Come and attend an upcoming Information Session about the new roadway design on Bowness Road between 48 Avenue and 70 Street N.W.
The City of Calgary would like to share information with you about the new lane markings and wants to hear from the community to better understand specific areas along the new roadway to see if there is opportunity to improve the new lane configuration.
The travel tips brochure has been updated to clarify concerns on how to use the two-way left turn lanes.



NEWS RELEASE - October 23, 2014  

Traffic Jam - October 21, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, there was an unprecedented traffic jam on Bowness Road during rush hour. The cause of the delay was due to a multi-car collision near COP and Stoney Trail that shut down several lanes of the highway. As a result, traffic was diverted into Bowness Road. Our office was informed that Tuesday’s gridlock was caused by a one off incident due to traffic closures on the nearby highway, and not the result of the new lane design.

Changes to Bowness Road were made due to long standing safety and speeding concerns. Prior to the new roadway design, safety was a major concern due to cars speeding in front of the school. Despite police presence and ticketing, this problem was never resolved. With the implementation of two travel lanes, a two way left turn lane, and lines for bikes, this new design will improve safety for pedestrians, transit passengers, motorists and cyclists. While this will temporarily increase wait time, the pattern of traffic on Bowness Road will improve when the Bowfort Interchange is completed in 2016. There will be less cut through because of the flow through interchange.

There is some confusion due to incomplete paint lines because the road needs ten days for the surface oil to be removed. Please be patient – by the end of this week the lines will be finished. Furthermore, in the next few weeks, Bowness Road and surrounding streets will be assessed for traffic and any other changes. It is standard protocol for Roads and Traffic departments to monitor traffic in an evaluation period of the Complete Streets Design. When the evaluation and report on Bowness Road is complete, Councillor Sutherland will post the information on his website, newsletters as well as communicate the information with the Bowness Community Association.

Councillor Sutherland’s office has also received several calls regarding community consultation for the new traffic land markings between 48 Avenue and 70 St NW. Consultation with members of the community and the BCA proceeded over a three month period. Consultation was advertised through both entrances to community, website information, community meetings, newsletters, and social media. For more background information, please see below.

Bowness Road - Complete Street Project

There are new traffic land markings between 48 Avenue and 70 Street, which are part of a scheduled paving for Bowness Road NW. The new roadway design includes two travel lanes, a two way left turn lane and bike lanes. The new roadway design will improve safety and better reflect the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users in the Bowness community. The project includes asphalt milling, paving and traffic lane markings, scheduled to be completed by the middle of October 2014.


March 12, 2014 – Bowness Community Association (BCA) invites staff from Transportation Planning to the Planning and Development Committee to talk about potential changes to the roadway with the upcoming roadway resurfacing.  Planning and the Development Committee agree to discuss potential changes with the board. 

March 2014 – the BCA posted a page on their website discussing the proposal. Signs around community were posted to promote the survey.  BCA issues the attached email circular within the community.

March 19, 2014 Metro News publishes an article on the proposal "Bowness Road to get bicycle lanes if Calgary plan goes ahead".

March-April 2014 - BCA initiates a community wide survey for approximately three weeks.  Below is a map depicting 105 respondents in Bowness, 89% of which respondents stated they were supportive of the proposal.

Support for Bike Map

March 27, 2014 – The Main Street BRZ announces support of the proposal.

April 8, 2014 – Belvedere Parkway Elementary School Council encourages the BCA to support proposal.

April 11, 2014 – BCA states their support of the Complete Street Proposal for Bowness Road.
Councillor Sutherland announces his support on Twitter.

September, 2014 – City staff develop the Bowness Road Education Brochure and begin distribution at schools, bus stop at 77 ST, the Bownesian, and Cadence Coffee. Variable message boards installed to announce construction commencing.

September 15, 2014 – Milling of roadway commences.

September 15, 2014 – The BCA invite City staff to the Planning and Development Committee to give an update on the project.

Roadway Improvements

The new road way design provides several safety and operational benefits:
• Reduces the number of lanes pedestrians have to cross
• Reduces frequency of rear end collisions
• Reduces frequency of side swipe collisions from sudden lane changes
• Improve speed limit compliance
• Decreases severity of collision when they do occur
• Bike lanes provide a safer place for people riding bicycles
• Bike lanes provide a buffer between people walking and driving

Traffic flow

A two-way left turn lane allows vehicles from each direction to turn left using the same centre lane. A two-way left turn lane has been installed along Bowness Road N.W. between 44 and 46 Avenue N.W. and between 79 and 83 Avenue N.W.

Cycling Education Programs

The City of Calgary recommends that all recreational and commuter cyclists obtain proper education for cycling. For a course guide, information on urban skills and Can-Bike programs, visit the Cycling Education Site. The City encourages motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to follow traffic safety rules. For more information, visit Traffic Safety Tips - For Motorists, Pedestrians & Cyclists












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