The pdf 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan (12.16 MB) has a focus on safely and efficiently moving people, by car, bus, on foot and bicycle. Building roads that provide a range of travel options is the most efficient way to move people. In order to prepare for the future, our network must include options that make more efficient use of our limited road space.
Building Infrastructure to Move People
Why four-lane roads? When cities were undergoing expansion in the mid to late 1900s, four-lane roads were standard and little consideration was given for those travelling by foot and bicycle. As a result, rates of walking and bicycling declined precipitously. Towards the turn of the century, as community builders started looking to add bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and to improve road safety, they began converting four-lane roads to three lane roads. There are many studies and examples that show car capacity can be maintained, while creating safer, higher capacity streets.
By enabling choice we increase our capacity for moving people - as in this illustrative example. Below is a typical 3-lane complete street envisioned for future transformation of Canmore's arterial roadways.
These streets can move the equivalent number of cars, while significantly increasing the number of people accommodated. This is accomplished by encouraging more people to use transit and carpool, and by encouraging some people to make some of their trips by foot and bicycle. The expectation of course is that most people will continue to need to and want to drive for the majority of trips, but when we make it easier and safer for some people to choose other modes of transportation, there will be less congestion on the roads for people who need to drive.
Canmore Examples & Data
Below you will find data from areas in Canmore where work has been done to improve the travel experience for all modes of transportation. This information will be updated on a yearly basis.
Spring Creek Drive
Winter Mode Splits
Summer Mode Splits
Long Weekend Mode Splits
July Long Weekend 2021
August Long Weekend 2021
September Long Weekend 2021
New Intersection at Bow Valley Trail & Railway Avenue
Summer 2021 Walk/Cycle Trips Per Day
Summer 2021 Vehicle Trips Per Day
* When vehicle trips are at or below 30,000 trips per day the intersection will function with normal operations, meaning all vehicles in the intersection will clear each cycle.*
Daily Counts by Year