Calgary Minute: Bike Lanes, Efficient Operations, and a Stephen Avenue Redesign
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This Week In Calgary:
On Monday, there will be a meeting of the Infrastructure and Planning Committee at 9:30 am. Up for discussion is the Citywide Growth Strategy and its use in the 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets process. The Foothills Athletic Park Redevelopment Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The purpose of this committee is to guide the development of the City-owned Foothills Athletic Park and university-owned McMahon Stadium lands.
The Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday at 9:30 am. The Committee will discuss the 2021 Audited Financial Statements for Business Improvement Areas. There are two notices of motion on the agenda as well, one aimed at revising the existing fee structure for short-term rentals and the other looking to promote efficient and effective operations and reduce barriers to interacting with City policies. A meeting of the Green Line Board, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been cancelled.
- There are a few tickets still available ($25 each) for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership debate being hosted by the Western Standard on July 8th from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Jean Charest, Patrick Brown, Roman Baber, and Scott Aitchison have confirmed their attendance. The debate will focus on Western issues like equalization, carbon taxes, media bailouts, pipelines and energy, firearms, civil liberties, and more.
Last Week In Calgary:
A design firm has been chosen to work with Stantec Calgary on the redesign of Stephen Avenue. Gehl Studio, an office of Danish firm Gehl Architects, will help bring the City’s vision of a walkable urban core to life. Public engagement is likely to begin near the end of this year with a finalized design to come in summer of 2023. Funding for construction is likely to come from the Downtown Capital Projects Program (otherwise known as you, the taxpayer!).
Bike lanes went from shared to nonexistent in new concept renderings of Stampede Trail and community associations have expressed concern. The four-block stretch of Olympic Way SE, from 12th to 17th Avenue, will be lined with shops and restaurants, and even closed to traffic for some events. Originally, the design included a shared bike lane instead of a physically separated one, but the latest renderings show no bike lanes at all. The City says the designs are not final and that feedback is still being gathered.
- The Economic Intelligence Unit has ranked Calgary third on its annual list of most liveable cities, tied with Zurich, Switzerland. This is Calgary’s highest placement on the list, and this year the city has outranked Vancouver and Toronto. Cities were given a rating out of 100 for various factors among five core categories: stability, healthcare, culture/environment, education, and infrastructure. Calgary received an overall score of 96.3%, scoring the full 100 points in education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
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