ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Streetscape Master Plan will focus on Bowness Road N.W. , but considers segments of 43 Street N.W. and 46 Street N.W. ensure Bowness Road N.W. is properly integrated into the community and the city at-large. It will also align with the Complete Streets Policy and Guide and include safety and operational improvements for people walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving.

The Streetscape Master Plan will propose near-term solutions to priority issues that are affecting the community today, as well as illustrate a long-term vision for Bowness Road N.W. as a memorable destination, a living room, and a hub for the community. As part of regular road maintenance, Bowness Road N.W. is scheduled for repaving in the next few years. The road surface will be removed and replaced which presents an opportunity to redesign the road so it functions more effectively for all users.

The design concept proposed in the Master Plan will address all elements within the public right-of-way, as well as the interface between the street and adjacent buildings, parks, and plazas. This includes:

  • Vehicular circulation, traffic calming, transit, parking, and property access;
  • Cyclist and pedestrian circulation;
  • Street trees and vegetation;
  • Utilities and infrastructure;
  • Sidewalk materials, site furnishings, signage, and lighting, and;
  • Street programming, patios and parklets.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


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.



PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT

In March 2018 the public was invited to share their thoughts on community values, and how they imagined Montgomery should look and feel in the future. More than 160 people attended the event and 111 provided feedback online. Here is a summary of What We Heard and how the design reflects that input.

For a complete summary of the previous engagement from the Discover phase, please see the following summaries and reports:


Please visit the Main Streets Program Library to see all Bowness Road N.W. documents.


The West End

The character of Montgomery’s Main Street changes as you move from east to west. We’ve broken the street up into three distinct areas with a design concept that respects each area’s character.

The baseline design for the West End includes on-street parking on the north side, new streetlights, areas for trees and beautification, buffered bicycle lanes, pedestrian and transit safety and accessibility improvements and reconfigured lanes to better define traffic movements.


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The Core

The character of Montgomery’s Main Street changes as you move from east to west. We’ve broken the street up into three distinct areas with a design concept that respects each area’s character.


The proposed baseline design for the Core includes on-street parking on both sides, new streetlights, areas for trees and beautification, buffered bicycle lanes and pedestrian and transit safety and accessibility improvements.

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The East End

The character of Montgomery’s Main Street changes as you move from east to west. We’ve broken the street up into three distinct areas with a design concept that respects each area’s character.

The proposed baseline design for the East End includes on-street parking on both sides, new streetlights, areas for trees and beautification, painted bicycle lanes and pedestrian and transit safety and accessibility improvements.

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Road Use & Demographics

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you use the road. This information helps us better understand the feedback we receive.


When I’m spending time in the area, I usually arrive by:
Ideally, I would like to travel to the area by:
There is an adequate supply of parking in the area:
I own or operate a business in the area:
My age range is:
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Raised Cycle Track

A separated bicycle facility is also being evaluated for Bowness Road N.W. This option is similar to the baseline design, but flips the location of on-street parking and the bicycle facility. Raised bicycle lanes are safer for cyclists of all ages and abilities, particularly for families riding with children.

To determine if this option is feasible, further technical review is required, including an analysis of construction costs, stormwater drainage, snow clearing operations and long-term maintenance.

We’ll use your feedback, alongside our technical review to determine if this is a feasible option for Bowness Road N.W.

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Options: Connecting to the Bow River - 43 Street N.W.

43 Street N.W.

43 Street N.W. provides an important connection to the Bow River, Shouldice Park, 16 Avenue Main Street and the Community Association.

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Options: Connecting to the Bow River - 46 Street N.W.

46 Street N.W.

46 Street N.W. provides an important connection to the Bow River, Shouldice Park, 16 Avenue Main Street and the Community Association.

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Options: Parking in the Core - 46 Street N.W. to 45 Street N.W.

Parking between 46 Street N.W. and 45 Street N.W.

The current parking configuration in the strip mall makes vehicle movements unpredictable and therefore less safe for people driving, cycling and walking.

We’ve developed three options to improve movement within the site and reduce conflict points. These options provide safety improvements, wider sidewalks, trees, and relocate the existing transit stop from the west side of 45 Street N.W. to the east side.

We will work with local business owners to minimize negative impacts resulting from this change.

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Options: Intersection Treatment at 49 Street N.W.

Intersection treatment at 49 Street N.W.

The project team is evaluating options for integrating bicycle facilities at major intersections. The baseline design shows the typical approach used throughout the city. There is a transitional zone where right-turning motorists weave across the bicycle lane creating a risk of conflict between users.

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Options: Retaining wall between 45 Street N.W. and 44 Street N.W.

Retaining wall between 45 Street N.W. and 44 Street N.W.

In the short-term, we’ve developed three ideas to improve the retaining wall aesthetics. In the long-term, The City will work with developers to encourage new developments to remove the retaining wall and bring the buildings to street-level.

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Vision, Goals & Objectives

Working with the input gathered in the Discover Phase of the project, the following Vision, Goals and Objectives have been created to guide the work we do through the Montgomery Main Streets project:

This project is an opportunity to celebrate that identity with an approach that respects Bowness Road N.W. as the heart of the community. It is critical that this part of the story is communicated through the vehicle of public realm design to create a street that connects history, people and place – a street that celebrates the community and is ‘uniquely Montgomery’.

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Social and Healthy Lifestyle

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Mobility and Functionality

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Character and Identity

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Economic

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NEXT STEPS

  • Refine baseline designs based on public input
  • Share the final concept with the community later in 2019
  • Construction could begin in 2020 (including asphalt resurfacing of Bowness Road)