City of Calgary Transportation staff will present the Shaganappi Trail Corridor and HOV Study to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit (SPC T&T) on January, 21st, 2015. Bike Calgary was engaged as an external stakeholder and has been providing feedback to the project team at various stages of project engagement.
The Shaganappi Trail Corridor and HOV Study realigns development of the Shaganappi Trail corridor with direction set out in the 2009 Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP 2009), which reclassifies Shaganappi Trail from an expressway to an arterial street south of Crowchild Trail North and identifies the corridor as part of the Primary Transit, Primary HOV and Primary Cycling Network. Preliminary corridor concepts envisioned multi use pathways for bicycle travel (http://bikecalgary.org/node/3767). Recognizing the opportunities for bicycle travel within the corridor, but also functional challenges with boulevard pathways, Bike Calgary submitted comments to the project team (http://bikecalgary.org/node/3845).
The current corridor concept envisions expansion of Shaganappi Trail to six lanes, with two travel lanes, plus one HOV lane in each direction. For the majority of the corridor, bicycle travel is considered via 2.5m wide unidirectional raised cycle tracks immediately adjacent to the HOV lanes.
In the area of constrained right-of-way between Varsity Drive and Crowchild Trail, bicycle travel is considered via the existing Voyageur Drive frontage roads, which will be narrowed and converted to one-way.
Image: City of Calgary Shaganappi Trail Corridor & HOV
Links to the detailed project description and concept can be found here.
Read on to learn more about the project and to see Bike Calgary's feedback