Thank you to everyone who provided input on the Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy. The final policy was approved by Council in July 2022.
We are currently working on a new intake process for project requests. The new intake process and the new Neighbourhood Streets Policy will ensure a more equitable selection process. The policy goes beyond eliminating unsafe vehicle behaviours to also include the infrastructure and partner interventions that promote barrier-free travel choices, inclusion and community resilience.
Once complete, communities will be invited to apply for neighbourhood street enhancements. Once funding is secured, The City will announce the next traffic calming projects with a goal of starting new projects each year.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2003, The City of Calgary adopted a Traffic Calming Policy to reduce speeding and shortcutting in problem areas in Calgary communities. This was a request or petition-based program that required a great deal of work for communities to navigate. A ten-year review showed that this program was not equitable.
In 2020, The City created a new draft policy with the goal of creating streets where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and have access to safe, comfortable travel options. This new draft policy goes beyond speeding concerns and widens the tool kits available to enhance neighbourhood streets and promote other modes of transportation.
The draft Neighbourhood Streets policy replaces the 2003 Traffic Calming Policy and:
- Reflects today's values
- Introduces new toolkits like resident-led activation or street labs over and above traffic calming
- Explores opportunities for shared decision making
- Calls for an equitable intake process
- Looks for more opportunities to collaborate and find efficiencies
Public engagement on the Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy ran from Nov. 22 – Dec. 17, 2021. A summary of the feedback from the engagement can be found in the What We Heard Report. Due to a high volume of responses received in the engagement process, all unedited comments are included in the separate Verbatim document.
Based on feedback received, the project team revised the draft Neighbourhood Streets Policy in February 2022. This revised policy was presented to key stakeholders for validation in March/April 2022. In July 2022, Administration recommended a final Neighbourhood Streets Policy to Council for approval.
To test the policy, The City chose eight diverse communities each with unique wishes for their local streets. The pilot projects allowed The City team to implement a range of solutions, ranging from speedbumps, bike lanes, curve bump outs and placemaking efforts.
You can learn about the pilot projects and the solutions that have been implemented here.
KIDS ONLY ZONE
Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy Presentation - Grade 6 Schools
Lawn Sign Activity
Design a lawn sign to help us educate people driving about the need for safe and fun neighbourhood streets!. Your sign may be chosen to be highlighted on our website or other City materials. It could show kids playing, or have a message related to safety. Use your imagination to help invite Calgarians to see streets as more than just roads, but also fun places in our city.
Download: Lawn sign activity sheet
Calling all Grade 6 Classes
Let your voice be heard on Neighborhood Streets!
We are looking for feedback on the Neighbourhood Streets Draft Policy. The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy with the goal of creating streets where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and have access to safe, comfortable travel options.
The project team would like to present the ideas and concepts from this draft policy to Grade 6 classes in Calgary, as well as answer questions from students and gather feedback. It’s important to hear from kids in Calgary when it comes to streets that affect them the most. Information on the purpose of the policy, what it does, and how our City Council will make a decision on the policy in June 2022, will also be shared.
Tuesday 30 November 2021 11:00 am
Thursday 2 December 2021 01:00 pm