Beddington Heights traffic calming project
Project update - October 2020
Construction for the Beddington Heights traffic calming project is now complete and permanent signage is currently being installed.
About the project
In recent years, there were ongoing concerns about vehicle speeds along Berkley Drive N.W. The City of Calgary subsequently designed a community traffic calming pilot project that included the installation of temporary traffic calming curbs in the community. As part of this project, the temporary measures were made permanent in 2020.
Benefits of traffic calming curb extensions include:
- Encouraging reduced vehicle speeds by narrowing the road.
- Increasing pedestrian visibility and safety by shortening crossing distances.
The curb extensions make sharing the road among people walking, wheeling (e.g. biking, scooting) and driving a safer and more predictable experience.
- Installation of 12 curb extensions at six locations along Berkley Drive N.W., Berwick Drive N.W. and Hunterview Drive N.W.
- Upgraded crosswalk markings and signage where warranted.
- Addition of new and upgraded wheelchair ramps as required.
- Upgraded two existing bus stops on Berkley Drive N.W. (at Bermondsey Rise and at Berwick Rise) to full size concrete bus pads.
- Installed one catch basin (at Berkley Drive and Berkley Close N.W.)
- Improved pathway network connectivity at Berkley Drive N.W., between Bermondsey Road N.W. and Hunterview Drive N.W.
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Frequently asked questions
Curb extensions reduce pedestrian crossing distances while improving visibility for both pedestrians and motorists at intersections. This increases the likelihood drivers will stop for someone waiting to walk across the road.
Curb extensions are used in locations where pedestrians are less visible to drivers when waiting on a sidewalk to cross the road.
The corner radius of an intersection is increased by a curb extension, so that drivers must slow down to make a right turn. The extensions also prevent drivers from using a parking lane for passing and to alert them to changing road conditions.
Wider roads, such as Berkley Drive N.W., encourage drivers to travel at speeds faster than the posted speed limit. When drivers travel at higher speeds, it reduces the safety of people walking, wheeling (e.g. biking, scooting) and driving in the area.
Curb extensions help encourage drivers to travel at or below the posted speed limit, especially when turning right through an intersection. The curb extensions also allow pedestrians crossing the street to be more visible to drivers as they approach the crossing.
Why weren’t speed bumps or speed humps installed on Berkley Drive to encourage drivers to reduce their speed?
Speed bumps or speed humps can only be installed on roads that do not have buses or emergency vehicles travelling regularly on the street. Berkley Drive N.W. is a destination route for both emergency vehicles and transit. Therefore, speed humps or speeds bumps could not be installed on this road to encourage drivers to slow down.
For more information on what traffic calming devices can be installed on certain streets in Calgary, visit Section 4.1 of The Traffic Calming Policy.