Town of Canmore

Council Clips - May 12, 2020

In anticipation of the Government of Alberta easing restrictions and entering stage 1 of the relaunch strategy as early as May 14, the Town of Canmore is discussing ways to keep the community safe.

With the May Long weekend approaching, it is likely that we will see an influx in visitation, even with the continued guidance to avoid non-essential travel. 

We want to manage pedestrian traffic on Main Street and maintain safe pedestrian traffic flows.

Creating a pedestrian-only environment on Canmore’s Main Street is an option, and we are considering the appropriate timing of making this temporary modification. We want to support downtown businesses in their re-opening, and have heard from them that taking this step too early could create perceived barriers and be detrimental to the businesses that are choosing to open. 

In addition, we would need 10-14 days to do coordinate everything required to set this up properly, including: painting lines on the road, adjusting signage at surrounding intersections to accommodate new traffic flows, changing the timing of adjacent traffic signal lights, creating signage, and setting up barricades. We could also use this opportunity to modify the traffic signal at Main Street and 6 Ave to pilot a pedestrian scramble crossing.

To be clear, it is not our intent to create a vibrant or welcoming space for people to congregate, rather it is about creating a functional space for people to safety navigate Main Street while physically distancing as they work, shop or eat.

We will keep council and the community informed as the Emergency Coordination Centre makes the decision on the pedestrian-only Main Street, in conjunction with the downtown businesses. It is possible the timing could coincide with the opening of campgrounds and once restaurants indicate that they are ready to open.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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