Complete Streets

What is a Complete Street?

A complete street is designed with all modes of travel in mind including walking, cycling, driving, and transit. Complete streets create a safe environment for all modes of travel, encourage people to walk and cycle, provide a sense of place and create inviting connections between neighbourhoods and destinations. 

What are some elements of a Complete Street?

1. Greenspace
Landscaping elements along transportation corridors can help manage stormwater and create welcoming places for people. 

2. Lighting
Lighting makes a corridor more inviting and increases comfort and visibility.

3. Directional Signage
Directional signs influence where people go and how they get there, making trips easier. 

4. Sidewalks
Almost all trips begin and end with a person walking. Creating safe and comfortable spaces may encourage people to walk for the entire trip.

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

6. 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. 

7. Vehicle Options
A complete network is one that includes safe travel options for all modes: including the car. 

What are we trying to achieve?

We are working to develop streets that are safe and accomodating to cycling, driving, transit and walking. This approach is based upon a shared set of 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.