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Neighborhood Streets Silver Springs community planning

Neighborhood Streets - Silver Springs

Project update - June 7, 2021

Updated dates for detours on Silver Springs Boulevard

Temporary road closures, detours will be in place Tuesday June 15 – Thursday June 17 from 1-3 p.m. These road closures are planned along Silver Springs Boulevard in front of St Sylvester School. During this time detours will be in place, please follow road signage.

*These detours were previously scheduled to take place the week of June 7 have been rescheduled due to weather conditions.

How to use wheeling lanes

Click here to learn more about the wheeling lanes whether you are driving, walking or wheeling. More information can also be found at calgary.ca/cyclingsafety

Virtual information session

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, The City will be hosting a live Microsoft Teams virtual event from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to give a short presentation and answer questions about the project.

Following the session, a recording will be available on engage.calgary.ca/SilverSpringsStreets.   

Sign up to our email list to stay informed on engagement opportunities, project updates, construction and more. The project team can also be contacted directly by email at NeighbourhoodStreets@calgary.ca.

Next Steps

May 2021

  • Wheeling lanes will be created by converting one driving lane in each direction along Silver Springs Boulevard for use by people biking, skateboarding, scooting and inline skating. Yellow traffic calming curbs will be used to create a protected experience for all users along Silver Springs Boulevard NW.

June 2021

  • Starting on Monday, June 7, until Wednesday, June 8, 2021, there will be temporary road closures on Silver Springs Boulevard from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 – Live virtual Q&A from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • SSCA has been working with the University of Calgary on a project to beautify the community. The final project features playful signage that points to many of the amazing community destinations in Silver Springs. The signs will be installed along the boulevard near the community hall.

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 have access to safe travel options, no matter their age or ability. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the Silver Springs Community Association to improve streets in your neighbourhood for everyone to travel throughout the community.

This project includes:

  • Engaging with residents to:
    • identify and prioritize areas where changes are needed
    • test and validate changes made on streets
  • Using temporary materials in 2021 to transform the outside lanes along Silver Springs Boulevard N.W. from driving lanes to lanes for biking, skateboarding, using e-scooters or in-line skating. The new wheeling lanes also reduce pedestrian exposure at crossings, a common issue identified through public engagement. In late fall, following the installation with temporary materials there will be public engagement to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of the wheeling lanes. Using this evaluation and other metrics, these changes to the roadway may be changed to permanent structures.
  • Installing pedestrian improvements and traffic calming measures based on prioritization and resources.

*Using a combination of both temporary and permanent materials will allow us to work with the community to improve designs for the best outcomes.

Project engagement

This project will have three phases of engagement:

  • Phase 1 – Identification - September 8 – October 4, 2020
    • During the first phase of engagement, we will be asking what is working well and what is challenging for those travelling through and living in the community.
  • Phase 2 – Prioritization - November 2020
    • Based on opportunities identified in Phase 1 as well as the issues previously identified by the CA, we will be working with the community to prioritize which improvements to install using temporary materials in 2021.
  • Phase 3 – 2021
    • After the temporary improvements have been installed, 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.

Check back here or sign up for the Silver Springs project email updates to stay informed about upcoming opportunities.

History of traffic calming done in Silver Springs

  • In 2016, the Community Association submitted a list of desired mobility improvements to improve traffic safety and promote active modes of transportation.
  • In 2018, the Community Association conducted a survey to determine their traffic safety concerns within Silver Springs. Many issues were brought forward by residents, but overwhelmingly speeding the Silver Springs Boulevard was identified as the main concern.
  • In 2019, The City and the community worked together to reduce speeds and improve crossings by installing:
    • Speed humps and curb extensions
      • Silver Mead Road N.W.
    • Traffic calming curbs
      • 54 Avenue N.W. and the entrance to Bowmont Park
      • Silver Ridge Drive at Silver Ridge Crescent N.W.
    • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)
      • Silver Springs Gate and Silver Dale Drive N.W.
      • Silver Springs Boulevard and Silver Grove Drive N.W.
        • Left turn exit from Silver Springs Plaza Mall onto Silver Springs Boulevard

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in this project?

  • Installing pedestrian improvements and temporary traffic calming measures throughout the community in 2021, using feedback received through the Phase 1 & 2 of public engagement. This will include using temporary materials to transform the outside lanes along Silver Springs Boulevard N.W. from driving lanes to lanes for biking, skateboarding, using scooters or in-line skating.
  • In 2021, there is planned surface overlay work happening in Silver Springs. There is the potential for some of the traffic calming measures, such as curb extensions, to be put in place with permanent materials to align with the surface overlay work already happening.
  • Following the installation with temporary materials in 2021, there will be public engagement to help evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of any changes implemented, including the wheeling infrastructure. Based in part on this evaluation, changes to the roadway may be changed to permanent structures.

Why are you doing this project?

In response to a community traffic calming request and ongoing conversations with the Silver Springs Community Association, the Neighbourhood Streets Program identified the community of Silver Springs to pilot the Neighbourhood Streets Policy.

When will I see changes in my community?

Residents of Silver Springs will see traffic calming and pedestrian improvements installed 2021.

This will include using temporary materials in 2021 to transform the outside lanes along Silver Springs Boulevard N.W. from driving lanes to lanes for biking, skateboarding, using scooters or in-line skating and to reduce pedestrian exposure.

Will there be public engagement for this project?

Was there public engagement on the wheeling lanes along Silver Springs Boulevard?

Public engagement by The City and community identified Silver Springs Boulevard N.W. as the location where residents expressed the greatest number of concerns. The wheeling lanes along Silver Springs Boulevard are being installed using temporary material as a traffic calming measure to address concerns we heard from the community around vehicle speeds and pedestrian safety when crossing Silver Springs Boulevard. These wheeling lanes are being installed using temporary materials and there will be an opportunity for feedback in fall 2021. 

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

Your feedback will help identify and prioritize the locations throughout the community where we will install temporary pedestrian improvements and traffic calming measures in 2021.

Following the installation of the temporary changes in 2021, there will be public engagement to help evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of any changes implemented, including the wheeling infrastructure along Silver Springs Boulevard.

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.

Project timeline

  • Spring/summer 2021 - install wheeling lanes using temporary materials on Silver Springs Boulevard as well as pedestrian improvements and traffic calming measures throughout the community
  • Fall 2021 – winter 2022 - public engagement to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of traffic calming measures
  • Summer 2022 - continued installation of permanent materials

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


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