11 Street S.W. Community Mobility Improvements Project
Project update - January 2022
Good news Calgary, construction for the 11 Street S.W. Community Mobility Improvements project is complete.
We will be back when weather permits to finish a few minor final touches:
- Final landscaping
- Permanent road painting
The City of Calgary planned to improve access and connectivity for people who walk, wheel and drive along 11 Street S.W.
In 2021, we made improvements to 11 Street S.W., from 12 Avenue to 17 Avenue S.W., by implementing changes such as traffic calming to reduce vehicle speeds, improving accessibility and completing missing links for shared wheeling (cycling and scooting) lanes.
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A paving surface overlay was planned for 11 Street S.W. in 2021, so it was an opportunity to make these planned improvements in 2021 as well. Improvements to the street include separated lanes for people cycling and scooting, curb extensions, upgraded sidewalk ramps and improved pedestrian crossings.
- Implement corridor improvements such as speed reduction, traffic calming and wayfinding.
- Improve accessibility, network connections and provide more options for different modes of travel to the many businesses and parks along 11 Street S.W.
- Identify opportunities to enhance existing facilities and improve connections for people who walk or wheel.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Improvements we constructed on 11 Street S.W. include new separated wheeling lanes, traffic calming curb extensions, upgraded sidewalk ramps and improved pedestrian crossings.
Pre-construction utilities work, including the relocation of street lights, was completed in July 2021. Road construction occurred between August and December 2021. We will be back in 2022 when weather permits to finish final landscaping and permanent road painting.
To improve accessibility and network connections and also provide more options for different modes of travel to the many businesses and parks along 11 Street S.W., all parking along 11 Street S.W. from 12 Avenue to 16 Avenue S.W. is now consolidated to the west side of the corridor.
11 Street S.W. is a key corridor in the downtown network. The new wheeling lanes extends the existing facility that previously ended at 12 Avenue, south to 17 Avenue S.W. The new facility not only connects to the cycle track network on 12 Avenue, it also provides Calgarians with new ways to travel between Thompson Family Park, Connaught Park and Connaught School, and to businesses along 11 Street S.W.
A wheeling facility (also called a cycle track, cycle path or cycle lane) is a lane separated from other modes of traffic. Providing separate facilities for those who wheel, walk or drive and makes sharing the road a more safe and predictable experience for everyone.
We have tips on snow-clearing a sidewalk beside a cycle track. Please review this information and share with contractors.
A curb extension reduces crossing distance for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. It allows pedestrians and drivers to see each other when parked cars would otherwise block visibility. Curb extensions increase the likelihood that drivers will stop for someone waiting to walk across the road. Curb extensions also alert drivers to changing road conditions and encourage lower speeds when travelling through an intersection or turning right by narrowing the road.
Public engagement for 11 Street S.W. Community Mobility Improvements was conducted in August 2020. Read the What We Heard report to learn more.
When we design improvements for corridors such as 11 Street S.W., we value all stakeholder input. We incorporated the stakeholder feedback received, along with technical recommendations, to develop the design for 11 Street S.W. View the detailed design here.
- Spring 2020 – preliminary design work
- Summer 2020 – public engagement
- Fall 2020 – design work to incorporate what we heard during public engagement
- Winter 2021 – final designs shared with the community
- Summer - fall 2021 – construction
- End of 2021 – construction complete
We incorporated the stakeholder feedback received, along with technical recommendations, to develop the design for 11 Street S.W. The design was endorsed by Ward 8 Councillor Woolley and the Beltline Neighbourhood Association (BNA).