The Transportation Department held open houses in November on the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study, where reaction to the plan ranged from dismay and outrage to unqualified support. While chatting with people at the open houses, I heard from many adjacent residents who felt that the transportation planners were focused on maximizing traffic flow with little consideration for neighbourhood impacts.
As a result of the concerns we heard at the open house, I am working with the Mayor’s Office, Alderman John Mar, and the Transportation Department on a Notice of Motion that will put the consultant team on hold and provide a more balanced approach. While this motion is not yet approved by the time of deadline for this article, the principles being discussed include the following:
- Improve traffic flow for all modes of travel including walking, cycling, public transit and motor vehicles;
- Protect and enhance neighbouring communities by reducing impacts on adjacent properties, reducing cut-through traffic, improving community parks and recreation space, and protecting the river and river valley;
- Facilitate primary transit to downtown and between universities;
- Improve walk/cycle connections;
- Improve the quality of urban design;
- Identify priority projects that would have the most benefit with limited resources.
We also agree that the priority is for a new engagement process to ensure the proper consultation with the neighbourhoods that are the most impacted. Ideally, this consultation will be conducted community by community, given the varying degree of benefits and impacts.
There is no current funding available for any improvements along Crowchild Trail, and work will not be realized for quite some time. However, I understand the immediate uncertainty residents are feeling until final decisions are made with the corridor, and therefore it is critical that we proceed with this new approach in a timely manner.
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