Neighbourhood Streets - Rosehill Drive N.W.

Neighborhood Streets - Rosemont

Project Update – March 2022

Public engagement on concepts for permanent traffic calming measures ran from January 24 to February 7, 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, specifically for the speed humps. We also heard general appreciation about the accessibility improvements and efforts to reduce shortcutting traffic. Feedback received also showed lack of support for the proposed measures, with cost and parking impacts as main concerns. Find out more about how the project team is addressing feedback.

The project team is working on incorporating feedback into detailed designs. Installation of the traffic calming measures is anticipated for later in 2022, as resources allow.

Project overview

The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets pilot policy with the goal of creating streets where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and have access to safe travel options. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the Rosemont Community Association and Rosemont school and have installed temporary traffic calming measures along Rosehill Drive N.W. with the goal of making walking more comfortable.

The City will start with temporary materials in 2021, so we can engage with the community about their impacts and effectiveness before determining the permanent solutions that should be implemented.

This project includes:

  • Engaging with residents, the Rosemont Community Association, and the Rosemont School to:
    • identify and prioritize areas where changes are needed
    • test and validate changes made on streets
  • Installing temporary traffic calming curbs along Rosehill Drive N.W. to improve safety by narrowing the street, reduce pedestrian crossing distance, and provide a protected, visible space to wait before crossing.
  • In early 2022, following the installation of temporary materials, there will be public engagement to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of the traffic calming measures. Using this evaluation and other metrics, these changes to the roadway may be made permanent.
  • Installing pedestrian improvements and traffic calming measures based on prioritization and resources.

Project History

Phase 1: Identification – 2019 to 2020

  • This project was initiated by the Rosemont Community Association in 2019 with a focus on improving the crossing for pedestrians on Rosehill Drive at Rosewood Road N.W.
  • In 2020, The City created designs for traffic calming using temporary materials at each of the intersections along Rosehill Drive N.W. The designs aim to narrow the crossing distance for pedestrians, helping make people walking more visible and exposed to traffic for a shorter distance. Further, narrowing driving lanes is proven to lower speeding. 

Phase 2: Prioritization – Fall 2021

  • In September 2021, temporary traffic calming measures in the form of curb extensions, were installed at four locations along Rosehill Drive.  Curb extensions help narrow the street, thereby reducing vehicle speeds. Curb extensions also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians, decreasing the time and distance they are exposed to vehicle traffic. Curb extensions also provide a protected space further into the roadway, making pedestrians more visible, and allowing them to more easily check for oncoming vehicles.
  • In November 2021, public engagement was held to understand the effectiveness and impacts of the temporary installation. The What We Heard Report can be found here.

Phase 3: Evaluation – January to February 2022

  • Public engagement on detailed designs for permanent traffic calming measures ran from January 24 to February 7, 2022. Feedback from the that engagement can be found in the What We Heard Report

What are we 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: Additional curbs on north side of Rosehill Drive to further narrow the roadway / intersection(s)

What we are doing: Adding curb extensions to the north side is a logical way to narrow the corridor and would compliment the curb extensions on the south side. The project team may shift some of the curb extensions to the north side, where we are introducing new wheelchair ramps but it is likely that curb extensions on the south side will be removed to mitigate drainage concerns

Comment theme: Requests for pedestrian flashing lights or raised crosswalks

What we are doing: At this time the crossings along Rosehill and Roselawn do not warrant pedestrian activated flashing lights at this time. There have also been inquiries about fluorescent border crosswalk signs and high visibility signpost sleeves. The high visibility signpost sleeves are used along major roads at this time, such as divided collectors or arterials. The fluorescent border crosswalk signs are currently part of a pilot, and application to this context would be determined at a future date. 

A raised crosswalk at Rosehill Drive at Rosewood Road is something that was explored but not moved forward because a gap is required on either end to allow for drainage toward the catch basins east of the intersection. A gap would become a hazard for pedestrians and a grate to cover that gap is not feasible to maintain in the longer term due to corrosion and rust issues.   

Comment theme: Concerns that curb extensions or speed humps impact on-street parking

What we are doing: We are minimizing the number of curb extensions along Rosehill Drive and Roselawn Crescent to reduce on-street parking impacts wherever possible. Parking is permitting overtop a speed hump.

Comment theme: Concerns that curb extensions or speed humps will impact drainage

Drainage issues stem from a lack of catch basins along the corridor and in winter, intense freeze thaw cycles causing pooling in locations where there is minimal slope to carry the water to the nearest catch basin. To avoid exacerbating drainage in issues, the project team is looking to minimize the number of curb extensions along Rosehill Drive and Roselawn Crescent. Speed humps will be designed in a way to allow for drainage along the curb.

Comment theme: Concerns that there is not enough being done to improve pedestrian visibility.

At the pathway crossing locations and at some of the new wheelchair ramp locations the project team will look into restricting parking on the approach to improve pedestrian visibility.

Comment theme: Requests for additional speed humps along Roselawn Crescent

Reducing the number of curb extensions along Rosehill Drive frees up budget to explore additional speed humps along the east leg of Roselawn Crescent.

Comment theme: Requests to repave Roselawn Crescent

Repaving of this corridor is not scheduled at this time, and is outside of the scope and budget for this project.

Comment theme: Requests for posted speed signage and enforcement.

The posted speed limit for all residential streets is 40 km/hr. Posted speed limit signs on residential streets is not protocol at this time. Residents and community members can request enforcement through Calgary Police Service.

Student Involvement

In the spring of 2021, two classes from Rosemont School participated in the project. The benefits of student involvement includes:

  • Giving students the chance to see how communities evolve over time and that students can influence positive change in their neighbourhood
  • Blending student perspectives into the project to help build understanding among neighbours on the diversity of travel needs in a community
  • Students participated in two field trips to measure their experience on Rosehill Drive and to measure the possible benefits of planned changes. 

March 2021

Students giving their feedback

Lab to test intersection designs

On March 26, 2021 students evaluated the street using an evaluation tool that has been adapted from the Gehl Institute Public Life Tools. The evaluation, called Rate my Walk, includes 43 yes / no questions and an assignment for students to share their “funniest, scariest and best wish” for the street. At a high level, the students shared:

  • You can have a conversation with the person walking with you and hear them (38 yes, 3 no)
  • Do you think people driving can see you? (6 yes, 37 no)
  • Does it feel safe to cross the street? (13 yes, 30 no)
  • Their top three wishes for the street included:
    • adding colour
    • making it safer to bike
    • slowing the cars
  • View the full Walk Audit results here
  • View the Visual Exploration results here

April 2021

On April 9, 2021 students returned to the street to measure the impact of traffic calming built using chalk and pylons. Their assignments included:

  • Empathy - Looking at the street through the eyes of someone else by choosing a real or imagined person and developing them in an empathy exercise. View the wide range of lenses the kids tried on to evaluate beyond their own experience.
  • Street Vibes - Thinking about the speeds of vehicles and sharing the estimated, measured (their teachers used a radar gun), and estimated travel speeds. While the results aren’t uniform, it’s clear that most students feel unsafe as vehicle speeds started to exceed 40 km/ hr.
  • Street Lab - Students were asked for their opinions on the street lab and whether it made a difference to how they experienced the street. Findings show there is strong agreement that cars were slowing and that students felt safer and more welcome.
  • Problem Safari - students were sent on a “problem safari” to see what other needs might have been missed and should be considered. Some of the issues they raised included speeding, cars not stopping at crosswalks, and the need for art or colour.
  • Hunch - students were asked to have a hunch of what we could try. Again, the groups talked about colour, accessibility and safety for people biking.

Next steps

The project team is working on incorporating feedback into detailed designs. Installation of the traffic calming anticipated later in 2022, as resources allow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this project?

To respond to a community traffic calming request and ongoing conversations with the Rosemont Community Association, the City selected the community of Rosemont to pilot the Neighbourhood Streets Policy

When will I see changes in my community?

Residents of Rosemont will see temporary traffic calming measures installed in Fall 2021. 

How much will this project cost?

Cost will depend on the priorities of residents and how many changes are made. Traffic calming and small pedestrian enhancements are generally a cost-effective way to help residents be active and explore their community using different travel choices.

What are the project timelines and the exact steps the city will take for the rollout?

The next steps for this project will be focused on evaluation and engagement. Public engagement will happen in late 2021. This will help us to understand the effectiveness and impacts of the temporary installations. Installation of permanent measures should occur in the summer of 2022.

Will there be public engagement for this project?

Yes.  Public engagement for the community will be held in late 2021 after residents have had a chance to experience the curbs. We will evaluate their effectiveness and impacts to determine if any modifications need to be made before permanent installation that could start in 2022 based on available resources.  This will include collecting feedback from residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. 

How are you going to use my feedback to make improvements?

Following the installation of the temporary changes in late 2021, there will be public engagement to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of any changes implemented. Based on this evaluation, changes to the roadway may be made permanent. Some changes will happen right away while others will happen over time as budget becomes available.

What kind of changes can I expect to see?

Temporary traffic calming curbs have been installed along Rosehill Drive N.W.  The aim of these curbs is to improve safety by narrowing the street, reduce pedestrian crossing distance, and provide a protected, visible space to wait before crossing.

What is a pilot, and will there be an evaluation?

In many cases we will test changes with temporary materials to get the right design and allow us to the opportunity to gather community feedback before installing any permanent infrastructure.

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.

What are liveable streets?

A liveable street is defined in this policy as a street that is safe, welcoming to all ages, comfortable for a variety of travel choices, supportive of fun and healthy lifestyles, and enhancing for local destinations through appropriate public amenities.

How will the city advertise this to the residents?

We typically find the best ways to reach all residents is through a combination of bold signs, direct mail, and social media advertising (Facebook & Twitter). We have been working closely with the Rosemont Community Association with communications pieces and will also put up signage on the traffic calming curbs.

How do the traffic calming curbs affect parking along Rosehill Drive?

Some traffic calming curbs will not affect parking because they are placed at corners where parking is not allowed today. Traffic calming curbs mid-block or at crossings may affect one to two on-street parking stalls. 

How do the traffic calming curbs affect drainage along Rosehill Drive?

The temporary traffic calming curbs are at locations where there are no catch basins, and should not impact drainage along Rosehill Drive. Should there be unexpected drainage issues related to the traffic calming curbs, they can be relocated or removed. Any permanent designs for curb extensions will be reviewed by engineers with the City’s Water group, to ensure that drainage courses are maintained along the street.

Project timeline

  • 2018/19 – Rosemont Community Association initiated the project
  • 2020 - Designs developed for traffic calming using temporary materials at each of the intersections along Rosehill Drive N.W.
  • Spring 2021 – Walk Audit and Street Lab with Rosemont School students to test and validate temporary measures before installing
  • Fall 2021 – Installation of temporary traffic calming measures followed by public engagement to understand the effectiveness and impacts of these temporary installations.
  • Early 2022 – Public engagement on potential permanent traffic calming measures.
  • Spring 2022  – Detailed design of permanent measures.
  • Summer/Fall 2022 – Construction of permanent measures as resources are available.

This work is being done in partnership with the Rosemont Community Association.

Contact us

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

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