Neighbourhood Streets – Dover

Neighbourhood Streets - Dover

Project update – April 2022

The second phase of public engagement was completed Fall 2021 and the What We Heard Report can be found here. Based on the feedback received, the key takeaways are:

  • Deerfoot Bridge / Gosling Way S.E. - Concept 1 was preferred by most. This option includes a multi-use pathway while maintaining two lanes for traffic for most of Gosling Way, with the exception of the WID canal bridge.
  • 34 Avenue S.E. - Concept 2 was preferred by most. This option repurposes the north side for wheeling and open space.
  • 28 Street S.E. - this concept for traffic calming was generally well supported. We heard about the need to minimize on street parking impacts wherever possible.
  • 36 Street S.E. - the concept for a multi-use pathway was well supported. We heard request for improvements, such as additional street trees.
  • Dover Ridge Drive / Dovercliffe Way S.E. - we heard a lack of support for diagonal diverter but general support for other traffic calming measures such as curb extensions.

Find out more about how the project team is addressing feedback.

This year we are advancing with improvements to 34 Avenue S.E. Due to funding availability, 34 Avenue S.E. improvements will be phased. The first phase will repurpose the space for the new wheeling lanes on the north side using a combination of permanent materials (i.e. poured concrete curbs) and lower cost temporary materials (i.e. low profile temporary barriers). The second phase will include the full build-out, including new signals at 36 Street S.E. Find out more about next steps below.

Project overview

As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the community of Dover to improve streets in your neighbourhood and create an inclusive mobile network for all community residents.

The project team has used this feedback from Phase 1 of engagement to evaluate next steps on the prioritization of traffic calming measures in the community.

Once Phase 2 of engagement is completed, we will implement permanent and temporary changes in a phased approach in 2022 and 2023. Any temporary measures will be evaluated for effectiveness and to identify a permanent solution for the community.

This project includes:

  • Creating a walking, cycling, and wheeling connection through the community of Dover
  • Addressing speed and design issues on 34 Avenue SE
  • Providing important connections to existing pathways and bikeways
  • Installing missing sidewalks
  • Providing connections to schools and parks

Project history

Phase 1 - Identification - April 2021

  • During the first phase of engagement, we gathered feedback by asking what is working well and what is challenging for those travelling through and living in the community.
  • The What We Heard report is now available for viewing.

Phase 2 - Prioritization - August 2021

  • Based on opportunities identified in Phase 1 and those previously identified by the project team, we presented concept designs, working with the community to identify preferred concepts and gather feedback on how concepts could be improved.
  • The What We Heard Report - Phase 2  is now available.

What we are doing

The following summarizes the range of input we received, grouping feedback into thematic areas, and how the project team is addressing the feedback into the design of the permanent measures:

Comment theme: concerns about traffic flow along Deerfoot Bridge / Gosling Way S.E.

The project team has looked at traffic volumes counts along Gosling Way S.E. and the volumes are generally low. During the detailed design stage, the project team will investigate ways to maintain as much two-way traffic flow as possible, recognizing that building a separated bicycle/pedestrian facility along the canal bridge will reduce auto lanes to a single lane across the bridge, and traffic lights will be required to safely alternate traffic across. With more narrow auto lane widths along Gosling Way to accommodate a multi-use pathway within the existing right-of-way, the speed may be further reduced to 40 km/hr or even 30 km/hr.

Comment theme: concerns about impacts to bus stops along 34 Avenue S.E.

All bus stops will be maintained with the changes to 34 Avenue S.E. eastbound bus stops will likely all remain in the same locations. Provisions for westbound bus stops will be made despite no westbound bus service today

Comment theme: concerns about spending money on 34 Avenue S.E. design and construction when there are more urgent concerns in the community

Mobility funding is available to this project and can only be spent on mobility improvements in the community. We recognize that this project may not address all community needs; however, increasing transportation safety and choice is a fundamental city objective included in Council priorities and approved plans and policies.

Comment theme: requests for improving wayfinding signage for cyclists

A wayfinding and signage plan will be developed in parallel with detailed designs. Wayfinding includes signage indicating corridors as a bicycle route, using the standard blue and white bicycle signs.

Additional forms of wayfinding may include directional pavement markings or sharrows, as pictured below.

Example of a bike route sign

Example of sharrows painted on the travel lane (19 St S.W. south of 5 Ave)

Example of a directional bike stencil on a section of pathway (Bowness Road at Home Road N.W.)

Comment theme: concerns about on-street parking loss around Valleyview Park near the intersection of 28 Street S.E. near 30 Avenue S.E.

The project team will look to minimize impacts to on-street parking wherever possible. The beach volleyball courts bring in numerous visitors in the warmer months for league activities and tournaments andthe project team has spoken with the Calgary Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA). CBVA recognizes the benefits of safety and connectivity improvements to the 28 Street corridor and the trade off with some on-street parking impacts. They have confirmed there is overflow parking at underutilized adjacent parking lots along 28 Street and 30 Avenue.

Comment theme: concerns about narrowing streets like 28 Street and Dover Ridge Drive

Along corridors like 28 Street, most people are traveling above the posted speed limit of 40 km/hr. Recognizing that there are vulnerable populations, such as seniors and school children, living along and traveling to destinations along the corridor, , narrowing the street can have the effect of reducing vehicle speeds while maintaining travel in both directions, as well as most on-street parking. Curb extensions at corners also help increase pedestrian visibility and comfort, and also reduce the distance across vehicle travel lanes, where pedestrians are most exposed.

Comment theme: concerns raised about the impacts of diagonal diverter to bus routes and east-west traffic looking to connect between west and east Dover

The diagonal diverters were proposed to address cut-through traffic. The trade-off to that was having to reroute local trips and bus service. Understanding that the impact to local travel may be too great, the project team will be looking for other traffic tools in lieu of the diverters

Comment theme: concerns raised that the 36 Street multi-use pathway does not offer opportunities to connect across 36 Street and is missing connection on north end to existing cycling routes.

Part of this work will include a new crossing at 34 Avenue S.E. across 36 Street S.E. In the Phase 1 build out of 34 Avenue S.E., a new crosswalk will be realized. As part of Phase 2 built out of 34 Avenue S.E. improvements a traffic signal will be installed. The project team is also investigating the extension of the 36 Street S.E. multi-use pathway up to 26 Avenue which is an existing signed bikeway and provide improved multi-modal connectivity to schools and businesses at the 26 Avenue intersection.

Next steps

This year we are advancing with improvements to 34 Avenue S.E. Due to funding availability, 34 Avenue S.E. improvements will be phased. The first phase will repurpose the space for the new wheeling lanes on the north side using a combination of permanent materials (i.e. poured concrete curbs) and lower cost temporary materials (i.e. low profile temporary barriers). The second phase will include the full build out, including new signals at 36 Street S.E.

Phase 1 construction timelines are being confirmed and will likely take place in summer/fall 2022. The project team is investigating opportunities for enhanced landscaping, such as naturalization, and community art for Phase 1.

Phase 2 for 34 Avenue S.E., 28 Street S.E., 36 Street S.E., Gosling Way / Deerfoot Bridge, and Dover Ridge Drive / Dovercliffe Way S.E., will be completed once funding is secured for detailed design and construction.

We anticipate the next phase of public engagement to start in May/June 2022.

Project timeline

  • April 2021 - Phase 1 public engagement on travelling and living in the community
  • August 2021 - Phase 2 public engagement on proposed design concepts
  • Late spring/early summer 2022 – Phase 3 public engagement
  • 2022-2024 – Construction as resources allow

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