In our last blog post, we mentioned 5 key concerns in our neighbourhoods in regards to walking in the winter;
Doors on the Streets
Here are some of our ideas that we think will improve walking in the colder winter months.
Designated Winter Walking Routes
The City of Calgary has designated Snow Routes for cars and transit – specific streets that the city focuses snow-clearing efforts for car and transit use. We think that our city also needs designated Winter Walking Routes. We think that the city should designate heavily-used pathways or sidewalks as winter walking routes, make clearing these routes of ice and snow a top priority and mark these routes with pedestrian-friendly signs.
We recognize that the City has limited capacity for removing snow and clearing ice from pathways, however we think designated winter walking routes will ensure that pedestrians have safe, well-marked routes, while acknowledging current capacity limitations for snow removal. These streets should have well cleared sidewalks and crosswalks, be well lit, safe and attractive and be well marked.
here’s a similar idea in which municipalities have designated safe routes for children walking to and from school.
Heat Sources Along Popular Walkways
In our last post, we mentioned that there were few areas to for walkers to warm up along the popular walking route we audited in Bridgeland. We think that Calgary needs more heat sources along popular walkways that will allow people who are walking to take a rest and briefly warm up.
A number of cities have started installing heat sources in popular public spaces in order to offer passersby a brief solace from the cold weather – including several LRT stations in Calgary. We think public heat sources along well-used sidewalks could be a great solution to help encourage winter walking in Calgary. For seniors specifically, this has the potential to increase mobility and decrease winter isolation, specific problems that have been identified by seniors in Bridgeland.
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