January 20, 2016 10:35 am
Updated: January 20, 2016 8:38 pm

Calgary pedestrian strategy decision delayed until April

WATCH ABOVE: Committee approval of a pedestrian strategy to help make city streets safer and Calgary a more walkable city has been delayed until April. Councillors sent it back to administration for more study. As David Boushy reports, proponents of the strategy say it will save lives and is long overdue.

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CALGARY – A decision on a pedestrian strategy that includes a recommendation of lowering speed limits on residential streets to 40 km/h has been delayed until April.

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The proposed plan, dubbed Step Forward, lists 50 recommendations to improve the city’s walkability, including improving snow and ice control on sidewalks, updating the city’s +15 network and twinning pathways in high-use areas. It was presented to the city’s Transportation and Transit committee Wednesday.

“We want Calgarians to walk more by making it safer, more enjoyable, and more viable as a transportation option,” reads a final report that was reviewed by councillors.

The suggested strategy was developed “with the broad participation of Calgarians, key city stakeholders, and the support of a Steering Committee.”

WATCH: Reducing the speed limit in some areas and putting in more flashing lights at crosswalks. Those are just a couple of ideas Calgary city council will consider as part of a new strategy to do more to keep pedestrians safe in the city. Stefan Keyes reports.

The report indicates that of Calgarians surveyed, only eight per cent walk to work or school regularly in the summer months, and even fewer (six per cent) commute by walking in the winter.

Councillors have asked that the report undergo further study.

– With files from Doug Vaessen and David Boushy

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