Keeping Calgary on the Move
Keeping a city of Calgary’s size moving is a multi-facetted challenge. Most of the constituent calls to my Aldermanic office are from Ward 4 residents with concerns related to transportation and traffic issues.
Innovative transportation planning and budgeting will be required to meet the transportation demands of our growing population and expanding city.
The reality is that we can neither afford to, nor do we have the space to, build more roads into the city. We must look for alternatives beyond just adding more cars into the flow of traffic.The city must provide convenient transportation options and dependable, customer-focused services to make public transit a preferred mode of transportation.
As a part of sustainable transportation planning, the city has developed comprehensive cycling strategy designed to make Calgary a bicycle-friendly city. Here's a Summary of Calgary’s Cycling Strategy (pdf), approved by City Council in July 2011.
The entire Calgary Cycling Strategy Report can be found on the City website.
City of Calgary
Transportation Planning Vision
A system that moves people and goods in a way that uses our resources efficiently, minimizes the impact on our natural environment, supports social needs and economic activity and is adaptable to change.
Transportation Planning Mission
Provide a safe, reliable, efficient, customer-focused transportation system that supports all modes of travel and promotes smart growth principles.
Calgary Transit Customer Advisory Group
Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary Transit Director Fred Wong announced the creation of the Calgary Transit Customer Advisory Group in late September 2011. The aim of the Advisory Group is to involve Calgary Transit customers in the improvement of transit service and the customer experience.
In order to obtain a wide cross section of Calgarians and a broad selection of perspectives, volunteers have been solicited through a wide variety of means. Calgary Transit expects these enthusiastic volunteers will bring unique and constructive ideas to the advisory group.
The main goal of the advisory group members is to:
- Participate in and promote dialogue and information on the customer experience;
- Serve as a sounding board for Calgary Transit customer service initiatives;
- Provide new perspectives on how to improve the Calgary Transit customer experience from different perspectives; and
- Assist in advising on policy issues for customer service.
The group consists of 12-15 members representing various demographics and opinions. These helpful Calgarians will have an initial term of two years on the Advisory Group, with the chance to reapply for one additional term.
Over the coming years the Advisory Group will help shape and improve the Calgary Transit customer experience. This is another great example of community engagement and citizen participation at work.