ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Streetscape Master Plan will focus on Bowness Road N.W., considering connections to surrounding areas by including segments of 43 Street N.W. and 46 Street N.W. The project will propose near-term solutions to priority issues that are affecting the community today, as well as illustrate a long-term vision for Bowness Road N.W. as a memorable destination, a living room, and a hub for the community.
Specifically, the Master Plan will address all elements within the public right-of-way, as well as the interface between the street and adjacent buildings, parks, and plazas. This includes:
- Vehicular circulation, traffic calming, transit, parking, and property access;
- Cyclist and pedestrian circulation;
- Street trees and vegetation;
- Utilities and infrastructure;
- Sidewalk materials, site furnishings, signage, and lighting, and;
- Street programming, patios and parklets.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Engagement for the Discovery phase has concluded. For a complete summary of feedback including verbatim comments, please view the Visioning Session information boards, What Was Heard report and maps showing opportunities and challenges related to Placemaking, Parking and Driving, Walking, Transit and Cycling and Streetscape and Safe Public Spaces.
The input from this engagement will help The City develop design concepts for further input in the next stage of engagement.
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.
The next phase of engagement will Explore design concepts considering these questions:
- What options are there for near-term improvements?
- What should Bowness Road N.W. look like in the long-term?
- How can the Main Street promote redevelopment of underutilized lands?
- How can the Main Street help local businesses?