Notice of motion: Traffic roundabout enhancements
First brought to Council: February 11, 2013
Outcome: Carried Unanimously
Traffic circles or "roundabouts" have been a tried and true method used around the globe for years when directing a steady traffic flow in major cities, but their implementation and use in The City of Calgary is a relatively new concept. A few roundabouts have been strategically located in Calgary's inner core; however, the majority are being constructed as components of newly developed communities. Gradually Calgary's drivers are encountering more of these devices in their travels around the City. Ward 14 specifically boasts roundabouts in Silverado, Walden and soon in Legacy.
Although The City's Transportation Department has developed a Policy and a set of Guidelines for actual construction of roundabouts, there is currently no defined direction to address the issues currently arising regarding the inner portion of these traffic circles. Questions regarding landscaping, maintenance, constructions/enhancements, cost management and eventual redevelopment/removal are being decided on a case by case basis through an Optional Amenity Agreement between, communities, resident associations, the City of Calgary Parks Department and or other invested parties.
Recognizing that the current system has components that can actually discourage the creation of areas that would complement the communities surrounding them, Alderman Peter Demong brought a Notice of Motion to Council which was supported unanimously requesting and engagement process with citizens and industry and the City to design a roundabout enhancement program.
Categories: Motions and Initiatives