Complete Streets Guidelines for Edmonton
When it comes to roads, one size does not fit all. The guidelines will help the City implement its Transportation Master Plan, The Way We Move, by integrating transportation and land use, and encouraging active transportation.
Complete Streets is a new approach to planning and designing Edmonton’s transportation system. It moves away from traditional, standards-based design. The idea is based on designing a street that reflects the surrounding area’s context, land use and users. A complete street is designed to integrate all road users safely, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, truck drivers, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities.
Principles of Complete Streets
The principles provided a basis for decision-making as we developed the Complete Streets Guidelines and are the basis for the Complete Streets Policy statement.
Complete Streets in Edmonton are intended to:
- Provide travel options for all users and trip purposes in a safe, accessible, context sensitive manner in all seasons;
- Form a network of streets that together accommodate all users and allow for efficient and high quality travel experiences;
- Be adaptable by accommodating the needs of the present and future through effective space allocation for the many functions of the street;
- Contribute to the environmental sustainability and resiliency of the city;
- Consider both direct and indirect costs, as well as the value of the roadway and the adjacent real estate; and Be vibrant and attractive people places in all seasons that contribute to an improved quality of life.
The City is currently working on implementing the Complete Streets Policy in road renewal projects and in new residential areas under development. The following pilot projects will help to integrate Complete Streets Policy and the use of the Complete Streets Guidelines into the City’s transportation planning.
Westmount Neighbourhood Renewal
Westmount neighbourhood renewal is integrating the Complete Streets Guidelines pilot and the Building Great Neighbourhoods program. Public meetings occurring in 2013 and 2014 used the Complete Streets Guidelines to have informed discussion about roadway design and to look at new or different transportation infrastructure to reflect the local character of the community. Construction is planned for 2015-2017.
142 Street Planning Study
Public engagement, which occurred over the winter of 2014, included interviews with key stakeholder groups, an online survey, and two stakeholder input group workshops. The feedback and the Complete Streets Guidelines were used to create a concept plan for the arterial corridor. The construction of 142 Street was completed in 2015.
112 Avenue and 50 Street Reconstruction
The Complete Streets Guidelines provided balance for the needs of commuters using the roadway and area residents. Public consultation for the pedestrian improvements occurred in September of 2013, with a specific focus on the commercial area from 64 Street to 66 Street. These design enhancements better reflect community character and make it more enjoyable for people visiting the commercial area. Construction was completed in 2015.