Everyone is a pedestrian at
some point in their day. Whether you’re out with your dog, grabbing a coffee
with friends, or parking your car and heading into work. Investing in
pedestrian networks not only makes our communities more walkable, but the
ripple effect reaches local businesses and strengthens the social fabric of our
neighbourhoods. I’m proud of the strong history of walking that is designed
into many of our Ward’s older communities. For example, Sunalta’s narrow
tree-lined streets with homes that face the sidewalk, Mission’s short blocks
that offer multiple route choices and connectivity to river pathways, or
Wildwoods’ parks that connect to the Bow River’s paths. That being said, every neighbourhood has that intersection no one likes crossing, or that street you’d
rather bypass on your way home. I believe everyone deserves to feel safe and
comfortable as they walk anywhere in this city.
My passion for making
Calgary an Active City will require us to make a fundamental change that recognizes
walking as a valued mode of transportation. For that reason, I’m hopeful for
Council’s upcoming pedestrian strategy, Step Forward. Focused on “improving
pedestrian safety, reducing pedestrian-vehicle collisions, providing universal
accessibility, and, promoting walking as a viable part of Calgary’s multi-modal
transportation system”, Step Forward’s first order of business is simple:
make walking safer. Recommendations like reducing the speed limit to 40km/hr on
residential roads, expanding the safe and active routes to schools programs and
building more Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons for cross-walks improve safety
for both pedestrians and motorists.
Our city’s population is
projected to grow by 30,000 per year, over the next five years. There’s no
doubt that this growth will impact traffic volumes. While driving will always
play a role in our lives, building and improving pedestrian infrastructure will
serve all Calgarians. Ultimately, whether behind the wheel or on foot, the goal
is to make everyone’s experience better.
Growing up in Ward 8 has
given me the time to explore the unique aspects of each neighbourhood, as well
as see where we can do better. Continuing down the path of creating a better
Calgary is going to take constant work and an open mind, and I feel that this
strategy is another step toward making Calgary even better.
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