Neighbourhood Streets

Neighbourhood Streets

Calgarians value living on great Neighbourhood Streets. Our streets help us feel connected, healthy and safe in our community while also providing access to a variety travel options.

What is a Neighbourhood Street?

A neighbourhood street is a street you might live on or the one near you with local shops and your closest bus stop. There is a lot of activity that belongs on neighbourhood streets like moving, connecting with neighbours and gardening or mowing the lawn. Neighbourhood streets work well when everyone can move safely and comfortably.

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What makes a street liveable?

Calgarians value streets that feel safe and that are welcoming to all ages, support a variety of travel choices, fun and healthy lifestyles, and streets that enhance local destinations through the right public amenities.

Is your street liveable?

Help us identify the street changes needed for better walking and wheeling. Share your ideas!

Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy Goals

The goal of the Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy is to create streets where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and have access to safe, comfortable travel options. Our goal is to:

  • Learn the best approach to collaborate for successful neighbourhood streets through conversations and installations
  • Provide inclusive engagement to determine community needs and shared decision making
  • Test how different tools can be applied by both residents and The City to address community needs
  • Improve how we intake and prioritize future projects

Elements of Great Neighbourhood Streets


Click on an element below to find out more.

1. Block party/Play street

Description

Part of a street is closed to provide a local space for kids to play.

Location

Panorama Hills

Why this?

Finding nearby gathering places can help correct the decline in youth activity levels. 

Alignment

2. Street lab

Description

An experiment to see if a street can be better designed for more users. In this case, the street was narrowed to make it more comfortable for pedestrians travelling on the pathway. 

Location

Panorama Hills

Why this?

Panorama Hills has a rich pathway network that feels disconnected by larger roadway crossings. 

Alignment

Pathways are all considered 5A facilities

3. Temporary Traffic Calming Curbs

Description

Narrowing streets is the best way to slow vehicles. Narrowing streets at intersections also helps pedestrians be more visible.

Location

Rosehill Drive NW

Why this?

Temporary calming curbs are being tested before permanent intersection improvements are built in 2022.

Alignment

4. Bee hotel

Description

We are currently looking at ways to better integrate wildlife in our city.

Location

Future

Why this?

Biodiversity and environmental resiliency

Alignment

5. Activation/Programming

Description

Hosting or enabling community partners to host events connects neighbours and slows cars. 

Location

Panorama Hills 

Why this?

Connecting neighbours helps build more resilient communities where residents look out for one another.

Alignment

6. Parking

Description

Parking lets people spend time at a place. Benches, bike racks and street parking and designated scooter stalls are all facilities that contribute to letting people gather.

Location

In Silver Springs, additional parking was added near Bowmont Park by converting parallel stalls to angled stalls.

Why this?

These additional stalls will help give access to the park and the new design means the street is narrowed and park users no longer have to cross the street to reach the park.

Alignment

7. School engagement

Description

Local students participated in a walk audit to evaluate the street. 

Location

Rosehill Drive NW

Why this?

Asking students to evaluate a street helps their voices be heard and gives the project team important feedback on what is working and what could be improved upon. 

Alignment

8. Pathway

Description

Adding a small pathway link to complete a connection through a school yard and community association hall

Location

Crescent Heights High School 

Why this?

The presence of small missing links is common at schools

Alignment

9. Curb bulbs

Description

Narrowing streets is the best way to slow vehicles. Narrowing streets at intersections also helps pedestrians be more visible. 

Location

Rosehill Drive NW

Why this?

Temporary curb bulbs are being tested before permanent intersection improvements are built in 2022.

Alignment

10. Traffic diverters

Description

Temporary diverters help manage vehicle volumes and encourage walking and wheeling on neighbourhood streets 

Location

1 Street NE and 2 Street NW

Why this?

Public engagement from the Green Line project identified the need to limit vehicle trips on these streets parallel to Centre Street N

Alignment

2 Street NW is a marked and signed bike route and both routes form part of Calgary's 5A network

11. Community decisions

Description

The new policy looks for opportunities to share decisions with communities. 

Location

Silver Springs

Why this?

Communities members have a good sense of their character and the locations that feel unsafe. Finding opportunities to engage can help correct the locations that matter most. 

Alignment

12. Street art

Description

Students were guided by a local artist in a mural project

Location

Silver Springs Boulevard at St Sylvester School

Why this?

The mural helped the students celebrate and learn about change in their community. 

Alignment

13. Speed hump

Description

Speed humps are one of the best tools to slow vehicles in problem locations. 

Location

10 Street NW, 47 Avenue SW and 22 Street SW

Why this?

Residents at these two locations were mostly concerned with speeds, speed humps can address this single problem.

Alignment

These two locations see out of community traffic and are also on Calgary's 5A network.

14. Wayfinding

Description

Signs to show loops or destinations in a community. 

Location

Panorama Hills 

Why this?

While most streets have road signs, pathways typically do not, though users still benefit from destination information.

Alignment

15. Planters

Description

Beautiful planters along Silver Springs Boulevard.

Location

Silver Springs Boulevard NW 

Why this?

Gardening is an important and shared passion for Silver Springs residents. 

Alignment

Silver Springs residents have created a botanical garden and work together to make their community green.

16. Wheelchair ramps

Description

Adding wheelchair ramps helps make intersections safe for everyone. 

Location

Silver Springs

Why this?

65 wheelchair ramps were built in Silver Springs in 2021 to correct past designs that were less inclusive than today's.

Alignment

17. Wheeling Lanes

Description

Protected wheeling lanes to narrow the street and make crossings easier for pedestrians.

Location

Silver Springs Boulevard NW - a main connector in the community of Silver Springs.

Why this?

Speeding on Silver Springs Boulevard was the most common complaint from residents. Using temporary materials was a cost-effective test.

Alignment

This is an experiment in that it is a new design. Designing for a protected wheeling space is recommended by our 5A network map.

Pilot park

Description

An intersection was closed to vehicles to create a new park space. 

Location

Balmoral Circus (19 Avenue and 2 Street NW)

Why this?

This historic park was seldom used and cut in quarters by streets. Closing the streets meant an historic, community space could be enhanced. 

Alignment

2 Street NW is a marked and signed bike route and part of Calgary's 5A network.

Paving alignment

Description

Adding traffic calming in Silver Springs was a priority to align with street paving work. 

Location

Silver Springs

Why this?

Design standards change over time. Building traffic calming at the same time as regular road maintenance is efficient.

Alignment

Council Priority - A Well Run City

New materials

Description

Rubber sidewalks are being tested in Silver Springs at locations where tree roots are causing major sidewalk heaving. 

Location

Silver Springs Boulevard NW

Why this?

New materials are tested to solve certain unique problems. If successful, they are proven to help more communities.

Alignment

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