Green Communities Guide - Canmore - Conference 2009 (C3)

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  • 1. Green Communities Guide • Three Sisters Drive Case Study Town of Canmore • Overview of Pedestrian / Pathway pedestrian / cyclist Improvements Improvements in Town of Canmore Kevin Van Vliet, P.Eng. Manager, Engineering Services Why do we care about trails and Why is an Engineer presenting paths? this? Aren’t they EVIL? • Alternative Transportation • Roads, sidewalks, paths and trails are – Reduce vehicle emissions about moving people – Reduce car numbers, impact on infrastructure • Recreational paths can also be effective – Improve community health and happiness commuter paths (multi-use and multi- • People value our paths and trails purpose). – Top ranked ammenity contributing to our Sense of • A holistic approach has an incredible net Community benefit. – Primary use for a practical task (get something done) Why is an Engineer presenting Recreational and “Commuter” use this? Aren’t they EVIL? of Trails and Paths • … Engineers are really good at getting • Two uses can overlap at times and spending lots of money. Get them on • Trail / sidewalk and destination side! connectivity • Include Pedestrian and cyclist movements • Improve trail standard in Transportation Master Plans – Asphalt vs. gravel? – Width (ideally 2.5 to 3 metres) 1
  • 2. Challenges - Geographic Challenges - Canmore (opportunities) • Barriers – Geographic & physical – Connectivity – To active use • Car oriented culture • Budget • Departmental Silos Challenges - Barriers Challenges - Barriers • Stairs and grades • Sidewalk width and functionality • Snow and ice Challenges - Barriers Solutions - Connectivity • Trails Master Plan • Transportation Master Plan • Bow Corridor Regional Mobility Partnership 2
  • 3. Independent Paths Solutions being Implemented “Cougar Commuter 2009” • New independent path projects • Street redesign incorporations (e.g. Three Sisters Drive) • Budget Independent Paths Independent Paths “Cougar Commuter” “Harvie Heights Trail – 2007 / 09” Independent Paths Independent Paths “Harvie Heights Trail” “Banff – Canmore Legacy Trail - 2010” 3
  • 4. Street Improvements Street Improvements Three Sisters Drive Three Sisters Drive • Incorporate pedestrian improvements with street (re) construction projects where possible – Three sisters Drive – Elk Run Boulevard sidewalk – 8th ave (vs. 7th ave) – 6th ave (downtown) Street Improvements Street Improvements Three Sisters Drive 8th Avenue - 2006 Independent Paths Independent Paths Three Sisters Commuter Trail - 2012 4
  • 5. How much we spend? Lessons Learned and Advice • $150,000 per year “Bike Lane, Sidewalk • Ensure linkage, continuity between and Pedestrian Crossing Improvements” Engineering / street movement and • Independent larger projects Recreational movement as people will use – 2007 – $425,000 path for commuting. – 2008 – $530,000 • Consider paving commuter paths – 2009 - $368,000 – Appropriate sun, clearable, etc. • Some sidewalk improvements included in • Ensure Transportation Master Plan street reconstruction considers pedestrian and cycling movement 5