Calgary ‘starting work’ on a ‘pedestrian strategy

By Robson Fletcher
Metro
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Robson Fletcher / Metro

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The “rectangular rapid flashing beacons” at this crosswalk on Radcliffe Drive S.E. were part of a pilot project the city undertook, beginning in 2011, that is now set to be expanded.
Calgary is in the process of developing a “pedestrian strategy,” the city’s transportation manager revealed Monday, something that came as news to the mayor and members of council.

“The transportation department has identified a pedestrian strategy as one of our 2014 major projects,” Mac Logan told council. “That work is already starting.”

His comments came during discussion over snow-clearing on so-called “engineered walkways” – pedestrian paths that aren’t sidewalks and aren’t pathways, but something sort of in between – and in response to a point raised by Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart.

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The Ward 13 representative noted that the city has formalized documents outlining its approach toward roads and transit, but walking is overlooked.

“We really don’t have a pedestrian mobility strategy,” Colley-Urquhart said.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi echoed that.

“This is an important transportation mode and we often forget about it,” he said.

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