ABOUT THE PROJECT
Goods movement is important to the economic vitality of our community. Within the Calgary region up to 134,000 jobs are supported by the goods movement industry. This includes jobs in warehousing, logistics, wholesale trade and transportation.
We are connected to local, national and international markets in several ways. Major railways, interprovincial and international highways and a large international airport all help products travel to businesses in Calgary and all over the world.
The Goods Movement Strategy will help us support the goods movement industry, Calgary’s economy and our communities into the future. The strategy will result in a list of actions and transportation infrastructure investments that consider the social and economic impacts on our communities. These will help support the economic development and quality of life in Calgary over the next 30 years.
Through engagement we gathered feedback from residents in five categories related to goods movement in Calgary:
- delivery vehicle parking
- truck routes
- travelling to industrial areas
- emerging technologies
We were looking for feedback on when and how people would like to receive the goods they purchase online. We also wanted to know how we can more efficiently move truck traffic around Calgary, how employees travel to and from industrial areas in Calgary and what Calgarians know about emerging technology changes related to goods movement.
The feedback forms are now closed. To see the questions that were asked you can click on each tab below.
Shopping for the things that we need for our daily lives impacts the amount and type of goods that are brought into Calgary every day. Our groceries, clothing, electronics, household appliances and vehicles are transported to Calgary by train, plane or truck.
As online shopping has grown in popularity, more of the things that we buy are delivered to our doors or community mailboxes. This has created new challenges for the goods movement industry. Some of the challenges created by this change in shopping habits includes more trucks on the road, more deliveries in residential areas and a lack of secure places to store packages if no one is available to accept the delivery.
Delivery Vehicle Parking
When deliveries are made to businesses it can be challenging for delivery drivers to find appropriate parking. Drivers typically park in on-street loading zones, loading docks or back alleys to make deliveries.
As part of the Goods Movement Strategy we are reviewing infrastructure improvements that could help improve the flow of goods through Calgary. Through our research, and with input from representatives in the goods movement industry, we have identified some infrastructure improvements that could help trucks move more efficiently through our city.
Below are some of the solutions that
we have identified. We would like to know what improvements you support. If you
are unfamiliar with where truck routes are located in Calgary, please see our
truck route map before answering the questions below.
Travelling to Industrial Areas
It is important for us to understand how people travel to and from Calgary’s industrial areas, especially those who work there. This will help us identify how The City can help people get to work more easily in these areas.
The goods movement industry is looking for new ways to deliver goods to their destinations more quickly and efficiently. Technological advancements have made it possible that we could see deliveries being made by electric or automated trucks, or drones in the future.
It is also possible that we may see trucks platooning on our highways one day. Platooning is when a number of trucks are grouped so that they can be driven closely together to increase road capacity, using a combination of drivers and technology.
Public input will be reviewed along with best practices and common solutions from other cities. A What We Heard Report will be shared here summarizing public input. Administration will prepare a draft Goods Movement Strategy in Spring/Summer 2018 which will be presented to Council for approval in Fall 2018.