City Policy for Better Health

The look and feel of Calgary’s streets is changing.

The City of Calgary recently released a new document that provides guidance to developers on the implementation of Complete Street policies in the Municipal Development Plan.

“Complete Streets” is a design approach that changes the purpose of a roadway from moving as much motorized traffic as possible to a street that can meet the needs of all users, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation.

The guidelines include an increased priority on bike and transit lanes, more trees and greenery, more patios, wider sidewalks and pathways, more separated sidewalks and sidewalks on both sides of the street in more communities. All of this, The City believes, will encourage more travel by transit, bikes and walking.

“We said, ‘We’re building a lot of roads in the suburbs to a level that’s not really accommodating pedestrians and cyclists and trees very well, so let’s look at the whole street pallet while we’re at it.’”

Joe Olson, manager, City of Calgary Transportation Planning’s Livable Streets Division

Cody Stuart’s article “Complete Streets” outlines how the new guidelines will change future development and redevelopment in Calgary. Have a look at The City’s entire document and see what you think. And, to learn more about Complete Streets and their benefits, visit

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