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Planning & Transportation Mythbusters





Planning & Transportation

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Planning & Transportation


When it comes to how our ci​ty grows and evolves over the next 20 years, there are some common misperceptions that exist around urban planning and transportation planning. It’s understandable. Navigating The City’s many plans, policies, projects and services, and how they all fit together to organize life in Calgary, is complex. By sharing a few of the most common myths we hear, we hope to shed some light on how we’re planning for the next 20 years.

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Myth 1: Calgarians love their cars and want to drive everywhere.

The City knows that driving will continue to be the most common way for Calgarians to get around, but it’s not the way for all Calgarians at all times. In fact, more Calgarians are choosing to walk and bike. The City’s goal is to provide transportation choices for all Calgarians, from ages 8 to 80, which are convenient, safe, affordable and attractive, including driving, walking, biking and transit.

Did you know? 1.1 million people use our sidewalks and pathways daily.

18,117 bike trips entered and exited the downtown in 2018, a 47% increase from 2015, when the downtown cycle tracks opened.

​Myth 2: The things Calgarians need today will be the same in 20 years.

An aging population, more immigrants moving to Canada and our city, and changing lifestyles mean needs are shifting around housing, transportation and accessibility. This will have a growing impact on how and where people live and work.

Did you know? The number of seniors in Calgary is expected to double between 2014 and 2034.​

In 2016, for the first time in Canada’s history, 1-person households surpassed all other types of living situations. More people are living alone, without children, or as part of a multigenerational family.