ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.

Vision

Main Streets are places where citizens come together. They allow us to travel less and live more by providing the things we need right in our own communities.

Core Principles

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:

• Celebrate the character of the community;

• Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents;

• Create a vibrant destination, and;

• Improve public health.

What is a Streetscape Master Plan?

A Streetscape Master Plan is more than improved accessibility, safety and beautification. It is about place-making, creating vibrant places that put a priority on sociability, access and linkages, comfort and image, and uses and activity.

ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

Within the Main Streets Master Plan process we engage the public in three phases; Discover, Explore and Reveal to better understand community’s values for their street.

In the Discover Phase we Listen & Learn; stakeholders and The City listen to and learn about public views, plans, concerns, and expectations.

In the Explore phase, public feedback is obtained through consultation to review preliminary design ideas and options developed from input input discussed at the Discover phase. We ensure issues and concerns are understood and considered prior to design resolution of the Master Plan.

The Reveal phase focuses on communicating the short and long term strategies that will be carried forward into detail design of the project. The information communicated will include: (a) the proposed design; (b) what is different from existing; (c) why it is different, and; (d) how engagement input influenced the design, and; if not, explaining how the input was considered and why it could not be incorporated into the design.

How we use your input?

Feedback gathered from public and stakeholder engagement is reviewed with City of Calgary policy and standards, site conditions, and technical design analysis then refined for the next stage of engagement.

WHAT WE HEARD

In the spring of 2018 stakeholders and community members helped us identify what the future of 37 Street S.W. could look and feel like.

They told us:

Make 37 Street feel safer, more inviting and more comfortable with:

• Reduced speed of traffic

• Natural elements - more street trees

• Consistent lighting

•A separation of the sidewalk from the roadway (e.g. a boulevard)

Make 37 Street easier to access with:

• Safer crossings

• On-street Parking

• Clear delineation of bike routes

• Transit stops with adequate room for circulation

37 Street Project Principles

Through consultation, stakeholder and public engagement we have derived four key principles to drive the vision and implementation of the 37th Street SW Streetscape Master Plan:

Put pedestrians first; ensure travel options for all users: Design for a pedestrian experience that is playful, inclusive and accessible, easily navigated and that serves all modes of transportation along 37th St.

Create a vibrant, all-seasons destination: Transform 37th St into a fun, lively inner city destination and a place of social gathering. We do this by ensuring 37th St is accessible, inclusive, and offers a safe and secure environment in all seasons.

Increase the green: Enhance and beautify 37th St with tree planting and landscaping.

Shape a community street: Reinvent 37th Street as a local amenity for the adjacent communities, businesses, and the diversity of its residents

Do the Project Principles support What We Heard from the Community in previous engagements?

WHAT WE DID

37 Street Project Objectives

Based on what we heard from the community, combined with our design analysis, and the Project Principles we developed nine key objectives in three focus areas. These objectives will be used to evaluate options and guide design of the 37th Street SW Streetscape Master Plan. These are:

Social + Economic Objective

Objective 1 – Design for the needs of users in all seasons and at all times of day

Objective 2 – Create a flexible and adaptable streetscape design that attracts longer-term investments

Objective 3 – Improve pedestrian comfort on the street to increase social interactions and gatherings

Mobility + Function Objectives

Objective 4 – Prioritize the pedestrian experience with improved walkways, amenities, crossing opportunities and interface with local businesses

Objective 5 – Design for all modes of travel including walking, taking transit, cycling, driving and parking; in particular, leverage recent City investment in the MAX Teal BRT service

Objective 6 – Design a slower street and safe place for everyone

Character + Identity Objectives

Objective 7 –Include the necessary biodiversity, resiliency and physical space needed for vegetation to thrive

Objective 8 – Reflect and provide opportunity for showcasing the diversity of adjacent communities, residents and businesses

Objective 9 –Incorporate long-lasting, high quality materials that provide an enjoyable and comfortable user experience for years to come

ZONE 1

Neighbourhood Boulevard Commercial Bow Trail - 19th Avenue SW

Zone 1 is envisioned as a Neighborhood Boulevard interfacing with primarily commercial uses. By reducing lane widths on 37 Street the space will provide opportunities for landscaped boulevards, street trees, improved lighting, wider sidewalks and a multi-use pathway. With time, this section can evolve to include more urban streetscape elements and separate cycling facilities, particularly if Westbrook Mall redevelops.

Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Interface with the existing Westbrook Mall parking lot on the east side
  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on the west side to avoid property impacts
  • Address the uncomfortably narrow, monolithic sidewalk on the west side
  • Replace existing unhealthy poplar trees
  • Avoid utility conflicts with new street trees in some localized areas (west side)
  • Retain or consolidate existing driveways to minimize streetscape interruptions

  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes to: make walking more comfortable, make waiting at transit stops more comfortable, provide space for snow storage, promote a healthy tree canopy by adding soil and supporting water filtration
  • Adding curb extensions on side-streets to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve visibility at intersections
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours
  • Allowing for easy integration of the public realm with redevelopment or expansion of commercial sites (particularly Westbrook Mall)
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining some on-street parking during off-peak hours to help reduce speed and provide additional separation between pedestrians and vehicle traffic
  • Retaining roadway capacity so traffic flow is not impeded, particularly during peak traffic hours
  • Encouraging slower and safer traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes and providing off-peak parking on street
  • ZONE 2

    Neighbourhood Boulevard Residential 19th Avenue SW - 26th Avenue SW

    Zone 2 is envisioned as a Neighborhood Boulevard interfacing with residential uses. Pedestrian safety and comfort for families living on and around 37 Street is a key priority, as is the protection of mature trees. Landscaped boulevards, wider separate sidewalks and a multi-use pathway can be considered by reducing lane widths on 37 Street. Front yard interfaces can be respected by keeping the street improvements within the existing footprint from back-of-sidewalk to back-of-sidewalk.

    Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Interface with steeper slopes and front yard retaining walls on the west side of 37 Street
  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on both sides to avoid property impacts
  • Retain existing residential driveways
  • Avoid utility conflicts with new street trees in some localized areas (east side)

  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes to: make walking more comfortable, make waiting at transit stops more comfortable, provide space for snow storage, promote a healthy tree canopy by adding soil and supporting water filtration
  • Adding curb extensions on side-streets to reduce pedestrian crossing distances, improve visibility at intersections and improve street intersection alignment for added traffic turn movement safety
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours
  • Allowing for flexibility and evolution of the street with future redevelopment or residential infill
  • Preserving mature Ash trees on the west side ( supports healthy air, water absorption, bird habitat, comfortable walking environment and area property values)
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining some on-street parking during off-peak hours to help reduce speed and provide additional separation between pedestrians and vehicle traffic
  • Retaining roadway capacity so the MAX Teal BRT service and traffic function are maintained, particularly during peak traffic hours
  • Encouraging slower traffic speeds and safety for all through right sizing vehicle lanes and providing off-peak parking on street
  • ZONE 3

    Local Arterial 26th Avenue SW - Richmond Road

    Zone 3 is envisioned as a Local Arterial street interfacing with residential uses. Pedestrian safety and comfort for families living on and around 37 Street is a key priority, as is the protection of mature trees. Landscaped boulevards, wider sidewalks and a multi-use pathway can be incorporated by reducing lane widths on 37 Street. Both new and existing homes including one with a historic designation are respected by keeping the improved street within the existing footprint from back-of-sidewalk to back-of-sidewalk.

    Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on both sides to avoid property impacts
  • Retain existing residential driveways
  • Address the uncomfortable narrow, monolithic sidewalk on the west side
  • Protect existing trees by narrowing the proposed pathway between 28 Avenue and 30 Avenue and between 32 Avenue and 33 Avenue
  • Avoid utility conflicts with new street trees in some localized areas (east side)
  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes to: make walking more comfortable, make waiting at transit stops more comfortable, provide space for snow storage to promote a healthy tree canopy by adding soil and supporting water filtration
  • Adding curb extensions on side-streets to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve visibility at intersections
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours
  • Allowing for flexibility and evolution of the street with future redevelopment or residential infill development
  • Preserving mature Elm trees on the east side ( supports healthy air, water absorption, bird habitat, comfortable walking environment and area property values)
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining some on-street parking during off-peak hours to help reduce speed and provide additional separation between pedestrians and vehicle traffic
  • Retaining roadway capacity so the MAX Teal BRT service and traffic function are maintained, particularly during peak traffic hours
  • Encouraging slower traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes and providing off-peak parking on street
  • NODE 1

    Bow Trail North Gateway

    The Bow Trail intersection is the northern gateway to the 37 Street Main Street. The intersection is a highly constrained area, with limited public right-of-way, skewed geometry and poor pedestrian connections. Narrowing the roadway by removing one southbound lane may provide additional space to continue a streetscaped Neighborhood Boulevard up to the threshold of Bow Trail, including wider separate sidewalks and a multi-use pathway. Providing space for a landscaped boulevard and street trees will create a sense of gateway and strengthen the identity of the street.

    Site analysis of this area indicated a number of constraints that are recognized in the streetscape plan. These include:

  • Interface with commercial parking lots on both sides of the street
  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on both sides to avoid property impacts
  • Address the uncomfortably narrow, monolithic sidewalk on the west side
  • Work within significant private property constraints in all corners of the Bow Trail intersection, which also preclude any changes to Bow Trail itself in conjunction with the Main Street project
  • Retain or consolidate existing driveways to minimize streetscape interruptions

  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Using urban treatments with high-quality, long-lasting materials and furnishings that provide an improved sense of gateway and interface with commercial areas
  • Modifying the right-turn island at Bow Trail to: provide space to bring a multi-use pathway all the way north to Bow Trail, improve sightlines and visibility for pedestrians and drivers, encourage slower traffic
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours, and to provide opportunity for pageantry to enhance the gateway and identity of the street
  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider urban or landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes
  • Allowing for easy integration of the public realm with redevelopment or expansion of commercial sites (particularly Westbrook Mall)
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi-use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining roadway capacity so traffic flow is not impeded, particularly during peak traffic hours
  • Encouraging slower and safer traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes
  • The timing and extent of streetscape improvements at Bow Trail will require additional technical review by The City of Calgary including Transit and traffic operations.

    NODE 2

    17th Avenue Intersection Main Streets Centre

    The 17 Avenue S.W. intersection is a key focal and circulation point where the 37 Street and 17 Avenue Main Streets come together. The intersection features commercial uses and will continue to grow as a vibrant, urban area with local shopping, dining and employment amenities. Modest urban elements in the streetscaping help activate the business frontages along 37 Street while allowing possible redevelopment to occur over time. The intersection functions as a transition area between the commercial environment to the north and residential character to the south. Improved walking and cycling amenities will connect the Main Streets with local business, retail experiences, and the nearby Westbrook LRT station.

    Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Interface with existing commercial buildings, particularly in the southeast corner
  • Reduce sidewalk and boulevard width in the northeast corner to avoid private property impacts (these can be further improved in future, if these sites redevelop over time)
  • Retain existing turning lanes and intersection capacity on both 37 Street and 17 Avenue, recognizing that this is an important intersection in The City’s overall transportation network
  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Using urban treatments with high-quality, long-lasting materials and furnishings to provide a clear and distinct entry point to the Main Street from the west, and which unify and transition logically to the Main Street corridors along both 17 Avenue and 37 Street
  • Using vacant space in the northeast corner of the intersection as an opportunity to improve the pedestrian environment and integrate with the 17 Avenue Main Street design
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours, and to provide opportunity for pageantry to enhance the gateway and identity of the street
  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider urban boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Allowing for easy integration of the public realm with redevelopment or expansion of commercial sites
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi-use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining roadway capacity so traffic flow is not impeded, particularly during peak traffic hours
  • Encouraging slower and safer traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes
  • NODE 3

    26th Avenue Intersection Neighborhood Centre

    The 26 Avenue S.W. intersection is a local focal point for commercial activity and a station location for the new MAX Teal BRT service. The streetscape here highlights its proximity to transit, cycling routes and area schools. By removing the existing left turn lanes on 37 Street, wider boulevards and sidewalks can be provided along with urban elements to improve pedestrian circulation, safety and comfort.

    Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on both sides to avoid property impacts
  • Fit new streetscaping around the skewed geometry of the intersection
  • Integrate the recently-installed MAX Teal BRT stations with the design
  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Potential removal of the existing left turn bay to give increased area to sidewalks and improve pedestrian access to MAX Teal BRT Stations
  • Using urban treatments with high-quality, long lasting materials and furnishings to provide a clear and distinct transition from the residential street to this distinct commercial and transit hub
  • Providing a wide, multi-modal space around the MAX Teal BRT Stations to increase comfort for all users
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours, and to provide opportunity for pageantry to enhance the gateway and identity of the street
  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider urban or landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes to: make walking more comfortable, make waiting at transit stops more comfortable, provide space for snow storage, promote a healthy tree canopy by adding soil and supporting water filtration
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Allowing for easy integration of the public realm with redevelopment or expansion of commercial sites
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining sufficient roadway capacity so traffic flow is not impeded, even with removal of the left turn lanes on 37 Street
  • Encouraging slower and safer traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes
  • The timing and extent of streetscape improvements at 26 Avenue will require additional technical review by The City of Calgary including Transit and traffic operations.

    NODE 4

    Richmond Road South Gateway

    The Richmond Road intersection is the southern gateway to the 37 Street Main Street. The intersection is a highly constrained area, with limited public right-of-way, skewed geometry and poor pedestrian connections. Pedestrian activity is high around AE Cross School, local businesses and a new transit station on the MAX Teal BRT line. Wider boulevards and sidewalks can be incorporated with modest narrowing of the existing traffic lanes, to improve pedestrian circulation, safety and comfort for all users and particularly students.

    Site analysis of this area indicated several constraints that influenced the streetscape plan shown. These included a need to:

  • Retain existing back-of-sidewalk edge on both sides to avoid property impacts
  • Fit new streetscaping around the skewed geometry of the intersection
  • Integrate the recently-installed MAX Teal BRT stations with the design
  • Integrate the design with the AE Cross School site

  • Based on the site analysis and What We Heard, we developed design options. The highest rated option is shown here. It addresses the Project Objectives by:

  • Removing the median barrier and fence on 37 Street to improve sightless and lessen the “industrial” feel of this block
  • Reducing the length of the median island on 37 Street to allow for a more open intersection at 33 Avenue, with distinct pedestrian crossing locations for AE Cross students and other users
  • Providing urban treatments along the entire frontage of AE Cross school, which could potentially be integrated and extended to include front-yard improvements up to the school building at this important community hub
  • Using high-quality, long-lasting materials and furnishings that provide a clear and distinct entry point to the Main Street from the south
  • Providing a wide sidewalk space around the MAX Teal BRT Station to increase comfort for all users
  • Upgrading streetlights to provide a consistent, aesthetic and comfortable environment during evening hours, and to provide opportunity for pageantry to enhance the gateway and identity of the street
  • Providing wider sidewalks to create a more comfortable walking experience
  • Adding wider urban or landscaped boulevards between sidewalks and vehicle lanes to: make walking more comfortable, make waiting at transit stops, more comfortable, provide space for snow storage, promote a healthy tree canopy by adding soil and supporting water filtration
  • Enhancing marking and signage for all crosswalks to improve their visibility and accessibility
  • Providing safer off-street cycling space on a multi use pathway on the east side
  • Retaining sufficient roadway capacity so traffic flow is not impeded, even with removal of the left turn lanes on 37 Street
  • Encouraging slower and safer traffic speeds and safety for all through right-sizing vehicle lanes
  • ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS

    Cycle Tracks

    Alternative options are being evaluated to convert a portion of 37th Street to 3 lanes only and to provide additional space to add a separated two-way cycle track.

    Additional technical and feasibility studies will be required based on some key considerations:

  • Impact on transit operations and efficiency
  • May require removal of additional mature trees
  • Impact to landscaped boulevard areas
  • Road alignment and construction methodology
  • Elimination of on street parking

  • Separate Bike Lanes

    Alternative options are being evaluated to convert 37th Street to provide additional space for two separated one-way bike lanes.

    Additional technical and feasibility studies will be required based on some key considerations:

  • Variation in road alignment and grading
  • Removal of additional mature trees in some areas
  • Impact on landscaped boulevards and pedestrian sidewalk separation
  • Impacts to tree plantings

  • POSSIBLE FUTURE EVOLUTION

    Enhanced Public Realm

    Most of 37th Street has a “Bylaw Setback” area which will allow future expansion of public space when adjacent properties redevelop.

    Using the highest rated option as a baseline, this alternative shows the possible future evolution of 37th Street to include the cost-effective addition of bicycle tracks, street trees and boulevard enhancements if the Bylaw Setback becomes available in the future.

    Streetcar

    37th Street has been identified as a possible future route for a streetcar connecting Mount Royal University with Westbrook Station. Timing for the streetcar is currently expected to be 30+ years.

    This alternative shows the possible future evolution of 37th Street to include the streetcar in the middle lanes.

    When the streetcar is implemented, on-street parking would no longer be accommodated on 37th Street.

    OUTER LANE STUDY

    Preserving a 4-lane cross section on 37th Street could allow for a variety of uses on the outer travel lanes, including alternative uses during the weekday peak hours (7:00 to 9:00 am and 4:00 to 6:00 pm).

    This board illustrates some of the options that will be considered for the 37th Street SW Streetscape Master Plan.

    DESIGN PRIORITIES, DRIVERS, and METRICS

    PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

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    Social + Economic

    Objective #1 Design for the needs of users in all seasons and at all times of day

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    Objective #2 Create a flexible and adaptable streetscape design that attracts longer-term investments

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    Objective #3 Improve pedestrian comfort on the street to increase social interactions and gatherings

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    Mobility + Functionality

    Objective #4 Prioritize the pedestrian experience with improved walkways, amenities, crossing opportunities and interface with local businesses

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    Objective #5 Design for all modes of travel including walking, taking transit, cycling, driving and parking; in particular, leverage recent City investment in the MAX Teal BRT service

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    Objective #6 Design a slower street and safe place for everyone

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    Character + Identity

    Objective #7 Include the necessary biodiversity, resiliency and physical space needed for vegetation to thrive

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    Objective #8 Reflect and provide opportunity for showcasing the diversity of adjacent communities, residents and businesses

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    Objective #9 Incorporate long-lasting, high quality materials that provide an enjoyable and comfortable user experience for years to come
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    NEXT STEPS


    Following the Design Explore phase, the Reveal phase focuses on design strategies that will be carried forward into detail design of this project. The following will be shared: (a) the proposed design; (b) what is different from existing; (c) why it is different, and; (d) how engagement input influenced the design, and; if not, explaining how the input was considered and why it could not be incorporated into the design. We will be back in your community in Spring 2019 to share the proposed design for this Main Street.