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Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street (Phase 2)

Project update - June 2019

This summer, several improvements will be made to Bowness Road N.W. This will include changes to the road markings and installing bicycle lanes. The bicycle lanes will be monitored as part of an 18-month pilot along three blocks of Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W. This work is part of the Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street project (Phase 2) and these changes will improve safety and mobility for people travelling in the Bowness community.​

Upcoming work

During the summer the following work will be implemented along Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W.:

  • Crosswalks will be repainted through the Mainstreet Bowness Business Improvement Area
  • A painted median will be added to help define the travel lane (left turns across the painted median will still be permitted)
  • More pavement markings will be added to help clarify parking zones near driveways and reduce unsafe and/or illegal parking
  • Painted on-street bike lanes will be installed on Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W.
  • New bicycle parking will be implemented on the south side of Bowness Road N.W., west of 63 Street N.W near Cadence Coffee

All work will be scheduled to minimize impacts to businesses and traffic.

 

About the painted on-street bike lanes pilot

 
 

Painted on-street bike lanes will be installed along three blocks of Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. to 65 Street N.W.​ as part of an 18 month pilot, scheduled to run from July 2019 until December, 2020. During this time, data will be collected on vehicle travel speeds, roadway operations and safety. The new bike lanes will connect with the existing bicycle lanes to the east and west of the Mainstreet Bowness Business Improvement Area (BIA), creating a dedicated space on the road for people cycling.

Anticipated benefits to the Bowness community include:

  • Improving crosswalk visibility to people walking and driving
  • Clarifying parking zones to reduce unsafe and illegal parking
  • Make sharing the road among people walking, cycling and driving a safer and more predictable experience (learn more​ about moving together safely)
  • Improving visibility of cyclists travelling on this roadway
  • Reducing vehicle speeds along Bowness Road N.W. in the BIA

More about the Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street (Phase 2) project

The City of Calgary is working to accommodate growth and make our city more liveable by providing transportation choices. Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods contribute to creating vibrant, healthy communities.

This project takes advantage of the road resurfacing and will improve safety and mobility for all road users:

People walking

  • Improve pathways and connections, sidewalks, crossings and accessibility
  • Improve safety by reducing vehicle speeds
  • Identify opportunities to make streetscape enhancements

People driving

  • Make the road more predictable
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Adjust and re-stripe angle parking through BIA to improve visibility for people backing out of stalls

People biking

  • Complete a gap in the bicycle network between the Bow River Pathway at Shouldice Bridge and the Bowness Road Complete Street Phase 1 project.(Bowness Road N.W. is a strong desire line currently used by people biking)
  • Improve cycling connections to key destinations

People taking transit

  • Improved waiting areas

Moving together safely

Improvements to Bowness Road create more transportation choices for people who live, work and play in the area. This leads to more people sharing our roadways and it's important to learn to move together safely. Sharing the road can be easy, whether you are cycling or driving. Learn more about moving together safely​.​

This project aligns with several Council-approved policies: Municipal Development Plan, Calgary Transportation Plan, Complete Streets, Cycling Strategy, 2020 Sustainability Direction and Pathway & Bikeways Implementation Plan (2001)).

Tell us what you think!

During this pilot, The City will be collecting data on vehicle travel speeds, roadway operations and safety for all road users.

We want to hear about your experience with the new bike lanes along Bowness Road. If you would like to provide your feedback, please contact 311 or submit your feedback in an online service request.

Your feedback will be used to help inform future improvements to the pilot program.

​​​​​​Submit your feedback​​​​​​​


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The changes to the road markings on Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W. will improve safety and mobility for people travelling in the Bowness community. Also, improvements to Bowness Road N.W. support transportation options for people who live, work and play in this area. This work is part of the Bowness Road N.W. Complete Street project (Phase 2).
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painted on-street bike lane

A painted on-street bike lane is a designated on-street cycling space for people to cycle. It is identified on the street by a ‘Cycling lane begins here’ sign, and a white line, bicycle icon and caution symbol (diamond shape) road markings. Painted on-street bike lanes are typically on Priority 2 snow routes and cleared within 48 hours after the snowfall ends.
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A painted median is the space between two single painted yellow lines that frame the middle of the road. Between the lines is an area that separates the opposing lanes of traffic on a street. A painted median helps clarify where the travel lane is in either direction. In addition, a painted median helps create safer conditions for all road users by encouraging motorists to reduce their speed.
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Yes, left turns across the painted median will still be permitted on Bowness Road N.W. Ensure both the travel lane and the bike lane are clear and only turn across the painted median when it is safe to do so.
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There will be no impact to parking on Bowness Road N.W. between 62 Street N.W. and 65 Street N.W.
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If the safety concern is a medical emergency, call 911. For all other questions or concerns, please call 311.