As detailed in this September 12th update, the Complete Streets Guide has been finalized. On September 19th, the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit recommended that Council approve the Guide. On November 3rd, after years of engagement, revision and study, the Complete Streets Guide was adopted as part of the Consent Agenda at the regular meeting of Council. As a result, and "effective immediately, all Outline Plan submissions must conform to the new Policy and Guide."
As noted previously, the Guide will have a direct impact on the establishment of cycling infrastructure in new communities, as well as shape the process and design of retrofit projects in established neighbourhoods.
Design features that directly impact the safety, convenience and likelihood of cycling include:
- Cycle tracks, conventional bicycle lanes, sharrows and pathways
- Bicycle parking
- Bicycle route maintenance
- Missing link fixes
- Reduced automobile speeds through traffic calming and other road cross section changes
- Compact and mixed-use communities
Bike Calgary was engaged as a key external stakeholder from early on in the process, providing feedback on various versions of the Guide. The final version received a letter of support from the Board, with comments on elements that we are encouraged have been added, as well as elements we still have concerns about. Bike Calgary representation was in attendance at the Standing Policy Committee to speak on the document and provide the aforementioned letter of support.
Our thanks goes out Transportation staff for the work put into this comprehensive document, as well as to the current Council, and its previous versions, that helped make it a reality.
The full guide is available here.