As a large urban centre in a prosperous country, Calgary continues to mature and develop. To keep up with the pace of this perpetual growth, it is important for the City of Calgary to make investments in transportation infrastructure like streets and public transit.
Large projects like the Green Line LRT and the Crowchild Trail Study get most of the attention, since they will move many thousands of Calgarians across the city. It is important though that we don’t forget about smaller investments that can make positive differences for local residents and their communities.
With this in mind, my staff and I joined the City’s General Manager of Transportation and members of his team for a tour of Ward 7. The purpose of this tour was to identify small transportation issues in communities across Ward 7, and to begin working on solutions. We identified certain fixes that could be implemented quickly, as well as more significant projects for the future.
We noted instances where the design of various intersections made it less safe for all road users. One example was at 19 St and John Laurie Bv NW in Triwood, where higher visibility crosswalks and better lighting were identified to improve the safety of people walking through the area. In Sunnyside, we saw that a new crosswalk at Memorial Dr and 9 St NW would improve walking and cycling access to the Bow River Pathway and Downtown. Work on that crossing will be complete in Fall 2016.
We also noticed that several stretches of sidewalk along 16 Av NW, from Mount Pleasant to Banff Trail, were patch works of uneven concrete and asphalt. Weed maintenance was an issue as well. These are cosmetic issues that can improve an area by making them more pleasant and accessible for local residents. The weeding was quickly completed and sidewalk repair was identified as future work. Elsewhere along 16 AV, between Rosedale and Capitol Hill, we saw a need to improve awareness between those driving and cycling at the busy 10 St NW intersection. Inexpensive green conflict paint was soon added across the turn lanes as a result.
In areas seeing redevelopment, we noticed several instances of construction projects impeding access for people walking. In East Village, we found construction hoarding blocking entire sidewalks. This is a serious concern for a community with high numbers of residents with mobility challenges. The hoarding issues were quickly corrected and we secured a commitment from city staff to ensure that sidewalks are more consistently kept clear and safe during construction.
These are just a few examples of issues we identified. If you see concerns such as these in your community, be sure to call 3-1-1 or go online to www.calgary.ca/311. To learn more about this and other Ward 7 topics, visit www.druhfarrell.ca. To sign up for updates on key issues, please join our mailing list.
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