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Complete Streets

Canmore identifies with having a diverse community and distinct culture: there is a need to support this diversity and the health of our community by providing transportation options for all users. The Complete Streets approach to transportation design focuses on providing comfortable and accessible streets for people walking, biking, driving, and taking the bus; while creating strong connections between neighbourhoods and destinations.   

What is a Complete Street?

A Complete Street focuses on creating places where people want to be. Complete streets aim to maximize the right of way by providing safe, accessible and efficient transportation options for all users.

What are some elements of a Complete Street?


  • Landscaping elements along transportation corridors can help manage stormwater, and create more welcoming, beautiful places where people want to be.


  • Lighting can make a corridor feel more welcoming, increase comfort by enhancing visibility for all users, and support people walking and biking outside of daylight hours.

Directional Signs

  • Directional signs create a sense of place and facilitate travel through corridors by helping people move more efficiently.  Having a complete directional sign network for people driving and people walking can influence where they go and how they get there.


  • Almost all trips begin and end with a person walking.  Complete Streets create enjoyable connections between the places people want to be, and walking is one of the best ways to experience these connections.


  • An efficient pathway and bicycle route network should include a broad range of options from beginner to advanced bicyclists, that can be used with comfort and ease. 

Transit Options

  • Transit provides a service for a diverse range of users: including those who may be unable to walk, bike, carpool, or drive to their destination. For transit to be effective, streets need to accommodate routes and provide comfortable access to and from stop locations.

What are we trying to achieve?

We are working to develop a transportation network that provides you with the choice of how you wish to move around Town. The network will be multi-modal and working towards a 30% sustainable mode share by 2020. The network is based upon a shared set of mobility goals that have been developed through community engagement and research.

These goals are:

1. Manage current and future mobility demands by providing a range of safe, comfortable and efficient transportation options to people of all ages and abilities;

2. Provide excellent multi-modal connectivity between neighbourhoods and destinations;

3. Maintain or enhance Canmore's sense of place including the Town Centre as the heart of our community;

4. Create conditions for sustained, high-quality, year-round maintenance of transportation facilities;

5. Create equality between the different ways people move and among all members of our community.

Where did these goals and design philosophies come from?

A number of studies and community engagement projects have been done in the past were either directly or indirectly related.

For more information, the following documents are attached which provide direction and have an impact on future transportation projects:

Integrated Transportation Plan (2014)

Municipal Development Plan (2016)

Open Spaces & Trail Plan (2015)

Mining The Future (2006)

Recreation Master Plan (2016)

 Where have we implemented these goals and design philosophies along the way?

 These are just a few transportation projects we've completed in recent years with the diversification of our roadways in mind.  In 2017, we'll be looking to the community to be a part of the conversation on a number of projects.  Stay tuned! 

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