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Bridgeland Active Modes Improvements

Bridgeland Active Modes Improvements

Construction update – November 2023

Due to inclement weather, construction timelines for this project have changed.

The remainder of the following construction work is now being scheduled to be completed in 2024:

  • Building a protected on-street wheeling lane (separated from vehicular traffic) on the north side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street N.E.

  • We will be piloting different types of wheeling separators along the McDougall Road corridor.
  • Narrowing the pedestrian crossings at the following locations to make it safer for people to cross the road:
    • Centre Avenue and 9 Street N.E.
    • St. Matthew Square and 9 Street N.E.

Parking changes on McDougall Road

We will not need to remove parking on the north side of the corridor from 6 Street N.E. to 11 street N.E. until spring 2024.

Clearing snow along the south wheeling lane on McDougall Road

Our Snow and Ice Control Policy classifies this facility as Priority 2. This means the wheeling lane will be cleared by LBCO Contracting within 36 hours after a snowfall ends.

Clearing snow on the sidewalk along the wheeling lane

Property owners and businesses along the south side of the McDougall Road corridor are responsible for clearing snow on the sidewalk next to the new wheeling lane.

When clearing the snow from the sidewalk please remember to:

  • Be careful when clearing snow adjacent to the yellow plastic tactile strips as shown in the photo. This is because they can be damaged by shovel blades. These tactile strips help members of the visually impaired community safely navigate through the area.
  • Please keep storm drains clear to avoid drainage issues when the snow melts.
  • To report snow storage or other snow/ice concerns, please contact 311.

For more information on property owners’ and City’s responsibilities for snow clearing, please visit The City’s Priority Snow Plan.

 

About the project

The communities of Bridgeland-Riverside have been experiencing population growth from several new multi-storey residential and commercial developments over the past ten years. Investing in improving infrastructure provides capacity to support growth and change in these communities. Through past public engagement in Bridgeland, including the 1 Avenue N.E. Streetscape Master Plan project, we've heard some comments on issues and opportunities relating to mobility in the community.

As part of the project, The City will be completing the following work:

  • Building a protected on-street wheeling lane (separated from vehicular traffic) on the north side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street N.E. (A wheeling lane is infrastructure built for people wheeling (using a bike, wheelchair, e-scooter, inline skates, or skateboard).
  • Providing a raised wheeling lane on the south side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street.
  • Replacing sidewalks on the southside of McDougall Road between 9 Street and 12 Street N.E.
  • Milling and paving McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street N.E.
  • Narrowing the pedestrian crossings at the following locations to make it safer for people to cross the road:
    • Centre Avenue and 9 Street N.E.
    • St. Matthew Square and 9 Street N.E. (This work is being completed based on budget availability)

Parking changes on McDougall Road

We will need to remove parking on the north side of the corridor from 6 Street N.E. to 11 street N.E. when crews build the protected on-street wheeling lane along McDougall Road. It will not impact the angled parking on the north side of McDougall Road between 7 Street and 7A Street or the parking bay between 9 Street and 9A Street.

Most of the on-street parking on the south side of McDougall Road will remain. During construction, temporary restrictions will be in place to on-street parking on the south side of the corridor.

Project area

We’re making improvements to walking and wheeling (bike, scooter, skateboard) connections along McDougall Road and 9 Street N.E. Once the project is complete, everyone will have better access to destinations within the community and to the LRT station.

About the Wheeling Lane Pilot

We will be piloting different types of wheeling lane separators in this community in spring 2024. We will be placing the separators along the protected on-street wheeling lane on the north side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 9 Street N.E. Separators provide a highly visible barrier along a bike lane used to separate between people driving and people wheeling.

We plan on piloting the following four types of delineators that each have pros and cons for use:

  • Concrete Curb separator:  This is a heavy and durable separator that can withstand heavy impact. Its weight makes installing and maintaining it challenging for City crews. These types have been widely used in Calgary as seen on the 12 Avenue SW Cycle Track.

  • Rubber Curb separator: This is a lightweight option designed to absorb impact. When using this option, there is a possibility of the curb moving when it is hit. These options have been used in Calgary as seen on Crescent Road N.W.

  • Plastic Track System : These separators are lightweight and can be adjusted if needed. When using this barrier, there is a possibility of it moving when it is hit. This type has not been used in Calgary yet. It has been implemented nearby in provincial jurisdiction on the Highway 22 & Highway 1 interchange.  

  • BIKERAIL delineator: It is a strong, steel barrier designed to create a fully protected bike lane. It is moderate weight and it is changeable, moveable, and reusable. It is the costliest of the four delineators, but has decorative options available as well, which will be included in the pilot. It has not been used in Calgary, but it’s ideal for mobility lanes and will be piloted

We will post signs near the pilot section along McDougall Road to inform the public about this pilot project.

How will the pilot be evaluated?

The separators will be monitored and evaluated based on their ability to provide safety to people riding on the protected on-street bike lane, installation cost, and maintenance needed once they are installed. The data collected will be used to inform future decisions about wheeling lane separators used in the city of Calgary.

Benefits of the project

Providing dedicated spaces that support walking and wheeling will improve safety for everyone and better access to destinations within the community, to the LRT station, and the Bow River Pathway System. We are continuing to invest in Calgary’s active transportation infrastructure to help make our neighbourhoods safer, more inclusive, and accessible for everyone.

Concept design

Upon completion of public engagement that included maintaining green space while still improving connections for people wheeling along with technical analysis and cost considerations, we have chosen the following preferred concept design:

Protected Wheeling Lane and Wheeling Path.

This concept consists of building a protected on-street wheeling lane on the north side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street N.E., separated from vehicular traffic by a precast concrete curb with delineators, and providing a raised wheeling lane on the south side of McDougall Road from 6 Street to 12 Street. This design allows us to preserve green space on both sides of this corridor.

Engagement

For the Bridgeland active Modes Improvements project, we conducted two phases of engagement in 2021 and 2022. Thank you to all who participated. 

Phase 1: Introduce the concepts

Between Nov.8 to 28, 2021, Calgarians had an opportunity to provide input by telling us what future improvements Calgarians like to see for active transportation users in the community. We also presented three active transportation concepts and we asked Calgarians which one they liked best. A summary of the feedback received is available in the What We Heard report.

Phase 2: Refine concepts

We incorporated feedback received during Phase 1: Introduce the concepts along with technical analysis, to refine the design for improvements to the project area.

From Feb. 8 to 28, 2021, Calgarians were invited to view three revised concepts for MacDougall Road that maintained more of the green space by removing some parking along the corridor. Calgarians were asked for their feedback on the revised concepts. We received 267 individual contributions through the online portal, conducted one virtual session for area businesses and residents. Read the What We Heard report for Phase 2: Refined Concepts.

To learn more about the input collected, visit engage.calgary.ca/Bridgeland-Improvements.

Project funding

The funding available is $3.2 million for the design and construction activities. This project is part of the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy program. This program provides funding to support short-term (1-3 years) public space improvement projects in established communities where growth and change are happening. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these changes being made?

This project consists of making improvements to walking and wheeling (bike, scooter, and skateboard) connections leading to the Bridgeland LRT Station, along 9 Street N.E. and McDougall Road.

Having more wheeling lanes in a community promotes safe active living for all abilities and ages. Once the project is complete, everyone will have better access to destinations within the community, to the LRT station, and the Bow River Pathway System.

Will parking be impacted along McDougall Road?

To build the on-street protected wheeling lane on McDougall Road, it would require the removal of parking on the north side of the corridor from 6 Street N.E. to 11 Street N.E. It will not impact the angled parking on the north side of McDougall Road between 7 Street and 7A Street or the parking bay between 9 Street and 9A Street.

We know that parking in the area is important for people visiting and travelling in this location. To mitigate these impacts, most of the on-street parking on the south side of McDougall Road will remain to ensure there is some parking on this corridor. During construction, temporary restrictions will be in place to on-street parking on the south side of the corridor.

When will parking be removed on the north side of McDougall Road?

We will not need to remove parking on the north side of the corridor from 6 Street N.E. to 11 street N.E. until spring 2024. This is when crews will build the protected on-street wheeling lane along McDougall Road.

This work will not impact the angled parking on the north side of McDougall Road between 7 Street and 7A Street or the parking bay between 9 Street and 9A Street. Most of the on-street parking on the south side of McDougall Road will remain.

When does construction start on the project?

Construction began in mid-July 2023 and will finish in spring 2024. We will work to minimize the impact of construction to residents in the area. Please see this website for ongoing construction updates for this project.

How do I report a safety concern?

If the safety concern is a medical emergency, call 911. For all other questions or concerns, please call 311.

Project timeline

  • Engagement:
    • Phase 1: Introduce concepts (November 2021)
    • Phase 2: Refine concepts (February 2022)
  • Concept design: 2022 - complete
  • Detailed design: 2023- complete
  • Construction: 2023/2024

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Questions?

Contact the project team at bridgeland-improvements@calgary.ca


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