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Ward 6 Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Update

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Ward 6 Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Update
 
Thank you for attending the Ward 6 Community Traffic Safety Meeting on October 22. The goal is to make this an annual event. This meeting is part of the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan, a five-year plan created to identify transportation safety issues, as well as examine ways to increase safety of the transportation network.
 
Specific things that the City, Calgary Police Service (CPS) and citizens can do to improve safety were discussed.  Participants were asked to provide feedback about where they believe additional CPS enforcement would be beneficial in their community. Discussions highlighted CPS reliance on traffic safety requests as a key indicator of where targeted enforcement and education are needed, in order to address traffic concerns.
 
Based on the feedback received, CPS will conduct additional enforcement in each identified area and report back their findings, which we will report back to you! The City’s Transportation Department will research and recommend specific engineering measures that could be applied to the areas you identified. For more information about these sessions and to stay updated on outcomes, please visit calgary.ca/trafficsafety.
 
Pedestrian safety projects in Ward 6
 
A hot spot on Old Banff Coach Road has been the intersection at 77 Street SW, by the Calgary French & International School. I am pleased to tell you, as you may have noticed, construction started last month on a full intersection with traffic lights at this location which will increase safety for all modes of transportation. The intersection is expected to be fully functional by the end of the year.
 
For those walking to West Springs School, a crosswalk at the intersection of Wentworth Drive & Wentworth Rise SW was installed earlier this season. Traffic Safety also installed a U-Turn sign at Battalion Park School in order to increase safety during busy drop-off and pick-up times.
 
We have also placed reflective sleeves on Pedestrian Crossing signs at 9 Avenue & 81 Street SW to increase visibility of this important right-of-way for students to and from Joan of Arc School. Another identified community hub recently saw reflective sleeves at Sierra Morena Boulevard & Sierra Morena Court SW.
 
Old Banff Coach Road & 89th Street SW
 
I have listened to your concerns regarding pedestrian safety at Old Banff Coach (OBC) Road SW and 89th Street SW. Our office has been working diligently with City Roads and Traffic Safety to address safety concerns at this location and others across the Ward. In June of this year, I brought our City Roads and Transportation Managers to inspect this location on our annual Ward 6 Transportation Tour.  Since that time, City Traffic Engineering and Traffic Safety departments have been exploring different intersection designs and traffic calming options to improve safety at this location. Accordingly, temporary curb bulbs will be placed at this intersection to reduce the number of travel lanes through the intersection, encouraging drivers to slow down.  Current traffic volumes at this intersection do not require the number of lanes that exist.  This reduction in the number of lanes at the intersection will assist both motorists and pedestrians by reducing the number of lanes that need to be crossed and by reducing crossing distances.  The estimated timeline to have it in place is within the next six weeks. On October 21st, neon reflective sleeves were installed at this intersection. Roads will also be installing another speed limit sign going east on OBC Road before this intersection to remind drivers.
 
In speaking with community leaders and concerned residents, I heard the community desires an option that would allow pedestrians to control signals for crossing.  We requested Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and I am happy to report to you that Roads will be installing these here. Roads will endeavour to have this done no later than April of 2017. This solution will be monitored and the intersection will be reviewed ongoing as pedestrian and traffic patterns change.
 
Timeline
 
West Ridge School is expected to open on January 4, 2017 with 320 students.  We have been working with the Principal, and it is noted that pedestrian traffic is not expected to change from current levels as Cougar Ridge students will have access to busing for the remainder of this school year. For the 2017-2018 school year, 500 estimated students should be starting in September and, although several blocks away, increased pedestrian traffic is expected at this location.
 
Funding for installation of an RRFB at this location will be from Pedestrian Strategy Implementation, finalization of this policy was released in early October; please read below for more details. Design work for this project has started, and Pedestrian Strategy funding has been submitted for approval. Based on city-wide location prioritization, RRFBs are anticipated for Q1 of 2017 here at OBC Road & 89th Street SW.  
 
To increase safety at this intersection now, reflective sleeves have been placed on the Pedestrian Crossing sign poles last month. We have also worked closely with the City Roads Manager to see if there are any further design options that will reduce speeding here. I am aware that Burnco gravel trucks frequently use this road.  Reflective sleeves will give this pedestrian right-of-way more visibility until which time the RRFBs can be installed.
 
Step Forward, Our Pedestrian Strategy
 
The City is dedicated to keeping our streets safe for users of all modes of transportation. Part of keeping our pedestrians safe is addressing traffic safety. Traffic Safety is of paramount concern to citizens, consistently appearing as a top concern in citizen satisfaction surveys.
 
Earlier this year, Council approved Step Forward, The City of Calgary’s Pedestrian Strategy.  The approved 49 Actions and six Key Results will provide the foundation for the City’s efforts to provide a safe, enjoyable, and easy to use pedestrian system. If you have any concerns relating to walking and the pedestrian environment, please visit calgary.ca/stepforward for more information and ways you can help.  

Sierra Morena Boulevard & Sierra Morena Court SW 

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This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.
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