Neighbourhood Streets - Panorama Hills

Neighbourhood Streets - Panorama Hills

Project update – March 2022

Public engagement on locations for traffic calming improvements ran from January 17 to 30, 2022. Feedback from the that engagement can be found in the What We Heard Report. Key takeaways from public engagement include general support for the proposed traffic calming solutions, as well as suggestions for other solutions such as additional crosswalks, stop lights, traffic circles. We also heard a lack of support for the proposed measures, with cost and lack of benefit as main concerns. Find out more about how the project team is addressing feedback.

Based on the feedback provided, our team will develop detailed designs of improvements with installation of the traffic calming anticipated later in 2022, as resources allow.

Project overview

The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets pilot policy with the goal of creating local streets where neighbours can connect and choose travel options, no matter their age or ability. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the community to improve streets in Panorama Hills for everyone to travel around the community.

This project includes:

  • Public engagement to listen and learn where changes are needed to make walking and wheeling more comfortable.
  • Implementing temporary materials in 2021 to transform streets in ways that make walking and wheeling (biking, skateboarding, using e-scooters or in-line skating) feel safer and more fun.
  • Public engagement to evaluate temporary changes to streets.
  • Installing permanent improvements including pedestrian crossing improvements and traffic calming measures based on prioritization and resources.

Project history

Phase 1: Identification – October to November 2020

In phase 1 we wanted to hear from you about how you move around Panorama Hills and to learn what improvements could allow you, or one of your neighbours, to travel around your community in a new way. The Phase 1: What We Heard Report summaries the findings.

Phase 2: Prioritization – December 2020

Based on opportunities identified in Phase 1 and those previously identified through initiatives such as Creating Coventry, we asked the community to prioritize improvements to be made in 2021. Review the Phase 2: What We Heard Report

Phase 3: Evaluation – June 2021 and January 2022

Part A: Testing and Activation - June 14 – 28, 2021

This phase of engagement took place while a variety of different temporary measures are installed throughout the community for a one-week period. Read the feedback from the Phase 3: What We Heard Report.

In partnership with The University of Calgary,  the Northstar Residents Association, the Northern Hills Community Association and community schools, a Steet Lab was held from June 14-19, 2021 to learn how to improve streets in the neighbourhood for residents of all ages and abilities. The project team installed placemaking, temporary traffic calming and pedestrian improvements along a central 2km walking loop. This also involved building temporary art experiments in a variety of locations to engage with residents on the types of ideas that may improve the community of Panorama Hills, including:

  • Pathway art
  • A play street
  • Temporary traffic calming
  • Front drive fun
  • Reading nook
  • Wayfinding and route markers
  • Pop up park & outdoor classroom
  • Water safety
  • School activities & encouragement

Part B: Evaluation and Design - January 17– 30, 2022

This phase of engagement examined locations for traffic calming improvements. These improvements may be permanent or temporary and the What We Heard Report can be found here. Feedback gathered through this engagement will help the project team refine the recommended improvements as detailed designs are developed.

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: Requests for marked crossings and pedestrian activated lights such as rectangular rapid flashing beacons or overhead flashing pedestrian lights

The project team will request painted crosswalks and rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs); however, they may or may not be warranted based on a review and analysis of each location. Project budget at this time also does not allow for the installation of RRFBs at every location, so their installation will be prioritized to select locations. RRFBs have been approved by the Roads team at Panatella Blvd at Panatella Hill and Panatella Blvd at Panton Gate locations.

Comment theme: Concerns with the traffic calming tools being used and recommendations to use other tools such as traffic circles or raised crossings

Traffic calming curbs (yellow temporary curbs) are used in hundreds of locations throughout the City for traffic calming. Each curb has a vertical element to make them visible to motorists even in winter conditions. The land widths that remain even after the installation of a traffic calming curb are enough to accommodate a large vehicle, such as a fire truck, so there is enough space for a smaller personal vehicle to travel through without hitting one.

Raised crossings are an ideal traffic calming tool and an excellent suggestion. At many locations where we are recommending temporary curb extensions at this time, may be made permanent in the future with raised crossings if resources allow and there are no conflicts with drainage or transit service.

Traffic circles are commonly used as a form of traffic calming; however, recent research shows they pose a higher injury risk to cyclists than intersections with stop sign control. At this time, traffic circles will not be explored as a traffic calming tool.

Comment theme: Concerns about speeding

The project team is exploring speed humps on the northern portion of Panatella Street near Panatella Boulevard that is less parked than the southern portion. The project tam is also investigating speed humps along Panamount Street.

In May 2021, the speed limit on residential roads was reduced to 40 km/hr. To determine if it is appropriate for a collector road to have a 40 km/h speed limit there were a number of factors considered such as, how long the road is (including playground zones), if traffic calming has been installed on the road (e.g. speed humps, or cushions), if the average speed (measured by a speed study) is consistently below the current speed limit, whether the road has low traffic volume, and whether the road is a bus route.

Enforcement by Calgary Police Service can be requested by the community here.

Comment theme: Additional traffic calming along Panamount Boulevard at Panorama Hills Boulevard

The project team is exploring additional traffic calming at the intersection of Panamount Boulevard and Panorama Hills Boulevard. This is likely a series of curb extensions to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and make pedestrians more visible. Curb extensions will also help narrow the roadway through the intersection to manage speeding.

Next steps

Based on the feedback provided, our team will develop detailed designs of improvements with installation of the traffic calming anticipated later in 2022, as resources allow. 

Previous work done in Panorama Hills

This project will be informed by previous engagement with Panorama Hills residents.

  • Northern Hills communities have been engaged since 2012 for Calgary’s Green Line LRT. Part of this engagement has included sharing input on future station connections and walking and wheeling improvements.
  • Annual Ward 3 safety meetings have helped identify locations where residents feel unsafe.
  • The Creating Coventry project has engaged with Calgarians in a new way and will help identify opportunities in this Neighbourhood Streets Project.

Project timeline:

  • Fall 2020 – Public engagement on identifying area for improvements
  • Winter 2020 – Public engagement on prioritizing improvements identified in Fall 2020
  • June 2021 – Street lab and public engagement on testing and activation of measures
  • Winter 2021 - Public engagement on evaluation and design of proposed measures
  • Spring 2022 - Detailed design of improvements
  • Fall 2022 - Installation of improvements, as resources allow

Contact us

To learn more about the project or give feedback, contact 311 or email the project team below:

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