Calgary's first pedestrian strategy was approved in 2016 and includes 49 actions to help make Calgary safer, more comfortable and interesting for walking. The strategy, called Step Forward, is built on the concerns and opportunities for improvement, shared by thousands of Calgarians. It helps direct the many existing programs by The City and our outside partners, while also identifying new priority areas.
To see if The City is moving in the right direction, six areas will be monitored over time:
- More people walking
- Fewer pedestrian injuries and fatalities
- Better winter conditions for walking
- More walkable communities
- More children walking to school
- High confidence in our pedestrian system (measured as part of the Citizen Satisfaction Survey)
Our Council, partners and residents agree it's important to improve on these trends to provide transportation choices for those who don't drive, help more Calgarians benefit from an active lifestyle and to support our local communities' goals. That's why the actions are organized over time to build a culture and the right infrastructure to encourage and support more walking.
Some actions are underway, including:
- Improving intersections with the installation of 50 new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons.
- Building missing sidewalk and pathway connections near schools and transit stations.
- Launch of the ActivateYYC microgrant program to help citizens to initiate 150 walkability projects in their communities.
- Trying a new way of engaging with communities through piloting efforts such as tactical urbanism
To learn more about the strategy, ask questions about walking or know of missing sidewalk links we should prioritize please contact 311.