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

To test the policy, The City chose a number of 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.

The project team is now gathering feedback on the draft policy from the public and key stakeholders. Following, the team will finalize the policy and bring a revised version to City Council Q2 2022 for approval. The approved policy will pave the way to launch a revised intake process. Additional engagement opportunities will help us understand stakeholder perspectives on how communities can collaborate to enhance their neighbourhood streets.

Kids Only Zone

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.

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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.

Key Dates

Tuesday 30 November 2021 11:00 am

Session 1

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Thursday 2 December 2021 01:00 pm

Session 2

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