ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City is working with citizens to develop a Streetscape Master Plan for Bowness Road N.W., and on 43 Street N.W. and 46 Street N.W., that will include transportation improvements, as part of the Main Streets initiative's investment phase. A streetscape includes all visual and functional elements of a street that collectively form its character. Some areas we are exploring include:
- The road and its integration in the public realm
- Mobility and transportation options (e.g. walking, cycling, transit, parking, etc.)
- Interface between public and private space
- Sidewalk features (e.g. street trees, patios, street furniture)
- Crosswalks and street corner configurations
- Laneway and park connectivity
- Street lighting
- Pedestrian comfort and safety features
- Local identity, wayfinding and opportunities for public art
It is within this Main Streets Implementation Program that we discover, explore and reveal the Streetscape Master Plan. We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild Bowness Road N.W. in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.
Input is being collected online between Thursday March 22 - Wednesday April 4.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
We want to hear from as many perspectives as possible to develop the best street design for all users. In this Visioning phase, we are asking you to share what you value about your community, and how you imagine it could look and feel in the future. We also want to know about opportunities and challenges for people walking, cycling, taking transit or driving. Your input will help us develop design concepts for further input in the next stage of engagement.
Please provide your input for each specific area by selecting the tab below:
There are many different elements that come together to create street character. By understanding the association of those elements and their effect on people’s interaction with the street, we can make design decisions that will create a healthy, integrated streetscape.
There is strong evidence that streetscape design improvements that accommodate all modes of transportation increase physical activity, reduce traffic speed and increase safety for people walking and cycling.
Pedestrian areas should promote safe, accessible, efficient mobility, but can also support social interaction. These areas can function as exterior gathering places; social spaces that add vibrancy, define community character and contribute positively to the overall health of the community. Social spaces within a streetscape design should consider different user groups, seasonal variation and flexibility of use and programming.
Plants enhance the physical, ecological and psychological health of the urban environment. Trees and other vegetation help reduce air pollution and excess heat, absorb surface runoff, and contribute to urban wildlife and habitat. Plants also have an aesthetic benefit and contribute to psychological and social well being by offering relief from a busy urban environment and providing a buffer between pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
Additional design features can help to define street character. Features can be incorporated into the roadway or pedestrian realm, and could include things like street art, gateways, banners, flags, enhanced lighting, signage and wayfinding, sculptures and more.
One of the most effective ways to promote safety and security is to improve design using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. Understanding that undesirable behaviour can be reduced or discouraged through design, please share any concerns and ideas for improvement.
Road Use and Demographics
Please use a map pin/marker to provide specific input about Bowness Road on the two maps below.
A What We Heard Report will be posted here once all input on this phase is complete and reviewed by the project team. Further engagement will take place regarding streetscape options, elements and concept designs later in Spring 2018. A final recommended streetscape design will be presented in Fall 2018.