"Step Forward" plan presented to council; stresses safety on Calgary's sidewalks and streets - 660 CITYNEWS
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"Step Forward" plan presented to council; stresses safety on Calgary's sidewalks and streets

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A city committee was sitting down to look at a strategy for safer and more walkable Calgary streets.

The “step forward” plan was presented to the Transportation and Transit Committee Wednesday.

Safer Calgary’s Greg Hart supported the plan, but called it “timid” and said it both lacks science and missing major issues, such as a lack of sidewalk infrastructure that’s contributing to congestion on the roads.

“It’s costing us a lot of money. So the feeling like we can build our way out of car congestion, for instance, is completely debunked by the science,” said Hart.

One recommendation is to reduce residential speed limits to 40 km/hr, something committee chair and councillor Shane Keating said will have to go to the public.

“I want to make sure that the greater population is in favour of 30, rather than just say let’s do it because a few people asked. So we need to go out to the general population and seek their input on 40 or 30,” said Keating.

The plan also calls for updated +15 sidewalks, twinning pathways and snow and ice control.

A more detailed plan is coming back to the committee in April.