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Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Education
The City of Calgary is consolidating their environmental strategies to provide an updated vision for protecting and improving Calgary's environment into the future. To help build our guiding environmental plan, they want to learn about your desires for the environment and how Calgary’s plan can bring social, health and economic benefits to the city and our community. Their goal is to provide a unified strategy that will highlight and focus on Calgary’s key environmental issues, opportunities and priorities. This plan will help clearly define The City’s environmental direction and the path forward to tackle the most critical environmental challenges and improve Calgary's our environmental outcomes. The project has outlined focus areas that will help define and guide Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan: Climate Adaptation - Prepare for and adapt to…
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14 & 15 Avenue S.W. Mobility Improvements

14 & 15 Avenue S.W. Mobility Improvements

Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is looking to improve the 14 Avenue S. and 15 Avenue S. corridors. Impacting our communities in Beltline, Connaught and Victoria Park (Wards 8 and 11) from 12 Street SW to 1 Street SE. The survey ends on Sunday, January 31, 2021. https://engage.calgary.ca/1415ave As part of the 17 Avenue S.W. Construction Project, 14 Avenue S. and 15 Avenue S. were converted to one-way roads, with street parking preserved on both sides of the road, to provide detours during construction. This also provided an opportunity to improve the pedestrian experience and add wheeling facilities by reducing the widths of travel lanes to encourage a reduction in traffic speeds. Currently, 14 Avenue S. accommodates one westbound traffic lane with parking on both sides of the street, and 15 Avenue…
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The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.

The Future of 16 Avenue N.W.

Infrastructure
PROJECT UPDATE - JANUARY 2021 The City of Calgary wants to hear from you again on the Main Street options for Montgomery section. In fall 2020, you learned about the benefits and concepts, and evaluated them against the project’s goals. The shared ideas from the last survey have been turned into concept options for this important main street and transportation corridor. Now, they are looking for further feedback on the Main Streets options in the Montgomery section. After the fall engagement concluded, they discovered there were technical errors in the engage portal page that interfered with the ability to collect comprehensive feedback on all of the options. 16th Ave is one of the major crossing intersections for the Bow River pathway To ensure that project decisions and plans are based…
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Bike Calgary 2021 Wish List

Bike Calgary 2021 Wish List

Advocacy
With a new year approaching we have much to hope for, drawing on what we have seen, mostly in 2020, this is a time for change and progression, which needs to focus on moulding our futures for the better. Bike Calgary would like to therefore take a moment to reflect on where we are going and what a 2021 wish list could look like for us; A funded 5A Network (Always Available for All Ages and Abilities.), This could be delivered through phases and projects, which we hope would primarily look to connect the orphaned pathways, isolated communities and our education facilities.We wish for the successful completion of the pilot scheme of our Ride to School program at E.P Scarlett High School. We look forward to acquiring the funding required…
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Renaming our cycle tracks!

Renaming our cycle tracks!

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
On December 16th the City Council voted to direct the Administration to "explore formally changing the name of our cycle tracks to mobility tracks or another name to better reflect their current and future use, and return to Transportation and Transit Committee with recommendations and next steps no later that Q1 2021." So let's have a poll and help our Administration with some free input to help that decision. We are asking the communities of Calgary to see what you would call them and as part of that process, what else needs to be changed with it? Should they be categorized better perhaps? http://petespearing.survey.fm/calgary-renaming-our-cycle-tracks We will share the results here and also with the City of Calgary.
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14 and 15 Ave SW Mobility Improvements – Upcoming Project

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is looking into options to improve mobility connections in the Beltline on 14 and 15 Ave SW. These streets were converted to one-way traffic and painted bike lines were added as part of the 17 Avenue SW street reconstruction between 2017 and 2019. Spot the bike infrastructure! Check out the project website here: https://engage.calgary.ca/1415Ave This project was also listed as a possible recipient for Provincial Government infrastructure stimulus funding (see page 13). The results from Phase 1 of public engagement were just released. The results show strong support and many comments in favour of a protected cycling connection. This is a very positive development, but there is more work to be done to make sure this project meets the City's 5A Network Principles. Here's what you…
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Panorama Hills – Engage

Community
The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets pilot policy with the goal of creating local streets where neighbours can connect and choose travel options, no matter their age or ability. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the community to improve streets in Panorama Hills for everyone to travel around the community. You can complete the survey and stay connected through email updates by clicking on the link below. The survey closes on the 27th December. https://engage.calgary.ca/panoramahills Panorama Hills is a residential community established in 1996. It is located in northcentral Calgary bounded by Stoney Trail to the north, Harvest Hills Boulevard to the east and Council Hills Boulevard to the south. According to the 2018 Civic Census, Panorama Hills has the third…
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The pathway factor: active transport of growing importance for homebuyers

The pathway factor: active transport of growing importance for homebuyers

#sharedstreets, Advocacy
According to the article in the link below from the Calgary Herald, and based upon the study by Zolo, communities with plenty of opportunity for active transport are viewed as being increasingly desirable. https://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/new-homes/the-bike-path-factor-active-transport-of-growing-importance-for-homebuyers Despite its significant amount of kilometers of pathway, albeit over a large area, Calgary scores only 79th in the survey. The score is compiled using metrics such as the quality of bicycle and walking paths, mass transit, precipitation and elevation change. Edmonton was ranked 36th. The factoring of our elevation change seems to perhaps penalise the outcome a little, but are our orphaned pathways more the real factor? The Greenway just ends East of Livingston in the North ........waiting for development of a road, although now split by the widening of Center Street with no direct…
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Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Advocacy, Education, Infrastructure
The front page of the Active City Playbook By Laura Shutiak This week, Calgarians got a first look at a 208-page document written to push Calgary to become an Active City by 2030. Written by a diverse group of volunteers from across many sectors, including sports, recreation, active transportation, tourism and economic development, the plan envisions a city where the “active” economy drives “economic, human, social and environmental prosperity.” The group, called the Active City Collective, was born from the ashes of the failed Olympic Bid plebiscite, and was led by a pair of professors at Mount Royal University – David Legg and David Finch. The document is loaded with data and puts a strong business case forward for the economic impact of the active economy. I’d encourage you to…
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Ride to Remembrance – Thank you!

Ride to Remembrance – Thank you!

Events, Uncategorized
On behalf of Tegh Singh, his family and Bike Calgary we would like to thank everyone who contributed either by helping us on the event or to raise funds and awareness for the Veterans Transition Network and Field of Crosses. The total received by Bike Calgary alone was $3,300 which has been split equally to each charity. We are also aware that a lot of direct contributions were also made to each organization, so thank you! "The Beast" has been retuned to its owner, pampered and is out on its normal daily Winter travels on our pathways, and we are pleased to hear that Tegh has a set of studded tires for his TWV bike and he intends to carry on riding in the Winter months! For Tegh, Bike Calgary…
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