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Project update - March 2021

Balmoral Circus Park Expansion Engagement – March 17 – 31, 2021

We want your feedback about design considerations for the space, to create an attractive and meaningful community destination. We will be collecting feedback through engage.calgary.ca/NorthHillArea from March 17 – 31, 2021.

The concepts being presented as part of phase 2 of engagement were developed by using technical analysis, consideration of what we learned through the fall/winter and what we heard in phase 1.

We will be using your feedback to help inform the final design for Balmoral Circus Park. Construction, transforming the intersection of 2 Street N.W. and 19 Avenue N.W. into a permanent expansion of the park, will being in summer 2021. 

Diagonal Diverters

Next steps for diagonal diverters and other potential traffic calming measures planned for 2021 are currently under review. The City will be making changes, such as location and orientation, based on feedback provided during fall engagement and data collection planned to take place later this year. Thank you for providing your feedback to help us understand the impacts of the diagonal diverters as traffic calming measures.

  • The What We Heard report from the first phase of engagement and key themes are guiding some changes we are exploring. What we learned is that: Diverters have achieved volume reduction, and an increased feeling of safety for people in the community
  • Diverters need to be adjusted to reduce cut through traffic, and maintenance (snow and ice control) needs to be reviewed and prioritized.
  • The team needs to review the location, orientation and placement of the diverters, and make changes while collecting data and continuing to review operations in 2021.

More information will be available later this spring.

The project team can be contacted directly by email at NeighbourhoodStreets@calgary.ca to answer questions about this project.

Project Overview

As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, the North Hill Area Project implemented traffic calming measures, improved crossings and park improvements along 1 Street N.E. and 2 Street N.W. This project has been informed by engagement held over the last six years for Green Line, The City's local growth planning program's work in North Hill Communities and Main Streets, which all identified a desire to see reduced vehicle volumes and speeds along residential streets parallel to Centre Street N and to provide safe and comfortable walking and cycling routes.

This project includes:

  • Installation of traffic calming measures using temporary materials in fall 2021.
  • Park expansion at Balmoral Circus, transforming the paved intersection at 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W. into park space and limiting vehicle access with temporary materials. The project team will engage with the community to find an appropriate balance between creating a quiet space for passive recreation adjacent to homes and creating an attractive and meaningful community destination before permanent landscaping in summer 2021.

Phase 1 - 2021

Phase 1 was installed using temporary materials so that we can engage with the community and make adjustments before any permanent materials are installed.

  • Diagonal diverters
    • Locations:
      • 1 Street N.E.
        • 34 Avenue N.E., 22 Avenue N.E.,18 Avenue N.E.
      • 2 Street N.W.
        • 22 Avenue N.W.
  • Balmoral Park Expansion
    • 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W.

Phase 2 - 2021

*Phase 2 is currently under review. The City will be making changes, such as location and orientation of diagonal diverters, based on feedback provided during fall 2020 engagement and data collection planned to take place later this year.

Phase 2 could include installation of more or different temporary measures from 2020 based on feedback received from the community. In addition, the following is in discussion to be installed:

  • Reorientation of stop signs
    • Locations:
      • 1 Street N.E.
        • 31 Avenue N.E., 28 Avenue N.E., 26 Avenue N.E., 11 Avenue N.E.
      • 2 Street N.W.
        • 26 Avenue N.W., 20 Avenue N.W.
  • New no right turn sign
    • From westbound McKnight Boulevard onto 1 Street N.E.
  • Pathway connections
    • 1 Street N.E.
      • Highland park north of 41 Avenue N.E.
      • Thorncliffe near McKnight Boulevard N.E. and between 54 Avenue N.E. and Taylor Crescent N.E.
  • Improved crossings
    • 1 Street N.E.
      • 12 Avenue N.E., 20 Avenue N.E., 32 Avenue N.E., 41 Avenue N.E.
      • 2 Street N.W.
      • 40 Avenue N.W.
  • Speed humps
    • 1 Street N.E. between
      • 15 Avenue and 16 Avenue N.E.
      • 2 Street N.W. between
      • 8 Avenue and 11 Avenue N.W.
      • 15 Avenue and 16 Avenue N.W.

Here are more details about the different traffic calming measures being installed as part of this project:

Diagonal Diverters

To the greatest possible extent, these interventions seek to maintain local vehicle parking and access.  Diagonal diverters continue to allow vehicle access to all homes, though depending upon origins and destinations, some trip routes might be slightly changed. 

  • Decrease short-cutting and reduces volume of vehicles on street
  • Provides all directions access for people walking and wheeling
  • Retains vehicle access to all homes
  • Maintains all existing curbside parking
  • Barriers placed diagonally across an intersection, restricting vehicle through movements
  • Locations:
    • 1 Street N.E.
      - 34 Avenue N.E., 22 Avenue N.E., 18 Avenue N.E.
    • 2 Street N.W.
      - 22 Avenue N.W.

What are they?

Diagonal diverters are raised medians, bollards (posts) or planters, or another type of treatment placed diagonally in the middle of a four-way intersection to allow traffic circulation while reducing vehicle speeds and cut-through traffic.

Why would they be used?

Diagonal diverters are placed at low volume four-way intersections. Instead of a stop sign or an uncontrolled intersection, people driving are only able to turn one way, which helps to reduce vehicle speeds and cut-through traffic. Space is maintained for people walking or wheeling (riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or mobility device) to safely pass through.

Parks – Balmoral Circus

Park improvements including expanding green space at Balmoral Circus, closing the intersection at 2 Street and 19 Avenue N.W., with temporary materials installed in summer/fall 2020 and made permanent in summer 2021. The project team will engage with the community to find an appropriate balance between creating a quiet space for passive recreation. The closure of this intersection will:

  • Create a quiet outdoor space for community members
  • Decrease short cutting and reduces volume of vehicles on street
  • Provides all directions access for people walking and cycling
  • Retains vehicle access to all homes
  • Results in reduction of on-street parking
  • Partial closure of a portion of street with potential for community programming and open space.

Improved Crossings

*currently under review

Provide greater visibility for people walking and cycling across busy streets. The City will be looking at a variety of options to improve crossings in this area (rectangular rapid flashing beacons, overhead lights, half or full traffic signal, improved crosswalk, four way stops).

Locations:

1 Street N.E.
  • 41 Avenue N.E. 
  • 32 Avenue N.E. – half signal or rapid flashing beacon
  • 20 Avenue N.E. – signal or rapid flashing beacon – under review
  • 12 Avenue N.E. – four way stop, rapid flashing beacon or half signal
2 Street N.W.
  • 40 Avenue N.W. – half signal

Pathway Connections

*currently under review

The City has been looking at ways to complete pathway connections to provide comfortable walking and wheeling routes for those living, visiting or travelling through the area.

Locations:

2 Street N.W. (west side)
  • Crescent Heights High School between 9 Avenue N.W. and 11 Avenue N.W.
1 Street N.E.
  • Highland park north of 41 Avenue N.E.
  • Thorncliffe near McKnight Boulevard N.E. and between 54 Avenue N.E. and Taylor Crescent N.E.

Speed Hump

*currently under review

A speed hump is a paved mound raised approximately 80 mm and is the same width as the street.

It is designed to reduce vehicle speeds to approximately 30 km/h. It is a gentle transition for slower moving vehicles, but is uncomfortable for faster moving vehicles and is easier for people cycling to pass over than a speed bump.

Locations:

1 Street N.E. between
  • 15 Avenue and 16 Avenue N.E.
2 Street N.W. between
  • 8 Avenue and 11 Avenue N.W.
  • 15 Avenue and 16 Avenue N.W

Project goals:

  • Ensure that as more people choose to live and work along the North Hill Main Streets (4 Street N.W., Centre Street N, and Edmonton Trail N.E.), the nearby residential streets remain pleasant and quiet routes where neighbours connect and have safe options for all ages and abilities to travel throughout the area.
  • Discourage vehicle shortcutting along 1 Street N.E., 2 Street N.W., while still giving vehicle access to local residents by ensuring routes are intuitive and align with local destinations.
  • Complete pathway and sidewalk network connections.
  • Enhance the residential street environment and create community amenities and green spaces.
  • Maintain local vehicle parking and access where possible.
  • Collect feedback on the effectiveness of the temporary traffic calming measures in meeting the project goals for the community and users.
  • Collect feedback on the park expansion for Balmoral Circus to find an appropriate balance between creating a quiet space for passive recreation adjacent to homes and creating an attractive and meaningful community destination.

Project engagement:

Diagonal Diverters

After the temporary installation of traffic calming materials in October 2020, residents had the opportunity to provide feedback about the impacts and effectiveness of these measures from Nov 6 – Dec 6 by visiting engage.calgary.ca/NorthHillArea

Balmoral Circus Park

In the first phase of engagement, Nov 6 – Dec 6, 2020, the project team asked how residents used the park in the past and how the installation of temporary materials allowed them to use the park differently. What we heard in Phase 1, technical analysis and what we learned through the fall/winter and what we heard in phase 1 helped to inform preliminary concepts and features for consideration in phase 2.

The second phase of engagement will take place online from March 17 – 31, 2021. We want your feedback about design considerations for the space, to create an attractive and meaningful community destination.

We will be using your feedback to help inform the final design for Balmoral Circus Park. Construction, transforming the intersection of 2 Avenue N.W. and 19 Street N.W. into a permanent expansion of the park, will being in summer 2021. 

Previous Engagement

Traffic calming goals and locations have been identified through community engagement sessions for:

  • Green Line - Which identified walkability and connectivity as a community value and concerns about traffic in the area.
  • Main Streets – which identified a desire to see reduced vehicle volumes and speeds along residential streets parallel to Centre Street N and to provide safe and comfortable walking and cycling routes.
  • North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning project – engaged representatives from local communities, community associations, business owners and industry representatives. Desired mobility and public realm improvements in the area were identified and captured in Appendix A of the proposed North Hill Communities Local Area Plan.

    A draft plan of the Neighbourhood Streets project was shared with the community at public open houses in fall 2019. Through the North Hill Communities Local Growth Planning project, the Neighbourhood Streets Program worked to understand the opinions and concerns of people living, visiting and travelling through the North Hill area, including the communities of: Highland Park, Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo Park, Winston Heights-Mountview, Crescent Heights, Renfrew, Rosedale, Capitol Hill, Thorncliffe Greenview (south of McKnight Blvd).

These traffic calming changes will be implemented with temporary materials in summer 2020. The City will monitor and engage the community about these traffic calming measures and Balmoral Circus Park, followed by permanent measures being implemented in 2021 and onward as resources allow.

Project timeline:

  • Fall 2020
    Installation of traffic calming measures using temporary materials 
  • March 2021
    Balmoral Circus Park public engagement Phase 2
  • Spring 2021
    Final design for Balmoral Circus Park.
    Changes, such as location and orientation, to diagonal diverters
  • Summer 2021
    Construction for Balmoral Circus Park
  •  Summer 2022
    Continued installation of permanent materials

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