Friday, July 3, 2015

Meet Daisy, Barlow, Chestnut & Outlaw

Yahoo! Today is the day our new street sweeper Critters have been waiting for — their very first Stampede Parade!

Since 2001, the Roads Maintenance Critters have been cleaning up along the Calgary Stampede Parade route. Last year, after 13 years of service, Dixie, Samson, Rocky and Alfalfa hung up their cowboy hats and headed for greener pastures.

Since their retirement, The City has been working to design and build four new Critters, including a horse, a cow, a bull and a buffalo, to replace the old crew.

But they needed names, so we held a contest asking Calgarians to help us with that.
Over 100 Calgarians suggested more than 80 names over two weeks during The City’s Stampede Critters naming contest.  Name suggestions came in through The City’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Calgary City News blog.

Names suggestions were compiled and presented to City Roads staff who voted over four days and the results are in:

Horse: Chestnut
Buffalo: Barlow
Bull: Outlaw
Cow: Daisy

All those who suggested the winning names were entered into a random draw for a chance to ride in their Critter’s sweeper in the Parade.

Congratulations to Marie Smalls, Amber Cannon, Laura Jacobs (pictured) and Laura Betton.

"I entered because the thought of winning and being in the parade was always dream of mine. Also, I thought it would be cool to name one of the sweepers. They always get the loudest cheers," says Marie.

Follow us on Twitter this morning @yyctransport to see them in action.

And happy 2015 Stampede to everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The City's guide to Stampede parading

It's that time of year again... rodeos, midway, shows, exhibitions and everything country. Those of us who know it, know it well.

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth kicks off tomorrow with the Stampede Parade and The City will be there to help you get around, view the parade, clean up and stay safe.

Getting around
Biking & Walking
Cycle your way down to the Stampede Parade using the city centre cycle track network or ride along part of Calgary's 800 kms of pathways and bikeways.

Take extra caution when passing through intersections. Most Stampede time pedestrian collisions occur on Friday and happen at traffic signals, when vehicles are making right hand turns. It’s important to watch out for one another so we can all enjoy a safe Stampede.

Calgary Transit
Effective the evening before parade day, 'round the clock transit service and discounted day passes will be available for Stampede week.

During the parade about 350,000 float-fanatics line the 4.5 km parade route, so many downtown transit routes will be on detour. Thousands make their way to the Stampede Grounds afterwards and can use bus, CTrain and walking options from the parade to the grounds.

Transit impacts on parade day will include detours for some regular and express bus services.

There will be a number of road closures to accommodate events all over the city during the Calgary Stampede (July 3-12). Spectators travelling to the Stampede Parade are encouraged to walk, bike or use transit to get into the downtown core.

Road and parking impacts on parade day will include several parking lot closures.

Viewing the parade
The City has reserved and will monitor eight accessible Stampede Parade viewing zones along the parade route for people with mobility challenges (canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters) and their friends/families.

Space is limited, so get there early! Look for barricades and signs. If space remains in the viewing areas after 8 a.m., they will be opened up to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

The City in action
Street sweeper critters have been a Stampede tradition for nearly 15 years, bringing joy to parade goers and youth at the Children's Hospital that are unable to travel to the Stampede parade --  the most rewarding event of the year, according to street sweeper operators.

Representatives from Calgary Stampede, Public Safety Communications,
 Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Services,
Animal & Bylaw Services, and Inspections and Permits
City staff collaborate across many departments to ensure the event flows smoothly and safely:
  • Parking and traffic control will be coordinated by the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA), Roads, Calgary Police Service (CPS) and Animal & Bylaw Services (ABS).
  • Calgary Emergency Management Agency will open the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and activate the Municipal Emergency Plan during the Stampede Parade to monitor and assist as required. 
  • CPS have collocated their Tactical Operations Centre in the EOC. This will help to ensure the facilitation of a collaborative, coordinated and multi stakeholder response.
  • Fire, ABS and CPS officers will be onsite and in communication for the duration of the Parade for immediate response.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mayor’s Urban Design Awards now accepting submissions

From towering skyscrapers to impressive housing projects, the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards celebrate the most innovative buildings and public spaces in our city.

The City of Calgary is on the hunt for those who contribute to the beauty, comfort and vitality of Calgary through their designs.

“Great design is integral to building a great city,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “People should be inspired and excited by the spaces and the places that they see and interact with every day.”

The biennial awards recognize urban design projects in 12 categories such as community improvement, city edge development and civic design. This year, we have introduced two new categories: the People’s Choice Award and the Green City Award.

“The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards give me a chance as mayor to really recognize the highest quality work that happens in our city,” says Mayor Nenshi.

“The design bar keeps going higher in Calgary. We’re increasingly getting a national reputation for great design, and that’s something I want to see continue.”

Do you know of a great urban design project? Nominate by September 18, 2015 at  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Major transportation construction projects in the southeast

Southeast Calgary commuters will notice some major transportation enhancements underway this summer.

Glenmore Trail / Ogden Road S.E. Interchange
Construction of a new interchange at Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road southeast with a new bridge built over Ogden Road will get underway this summer. The interchange will improve traffic flow and travel times on Glenmore Trail. For more details, visit the project page.

Green Line Southeast Transitway Early Works Construction
Immediate improvements to increase reliability and shorten ride times for transit customers in southeast Calgary, primarily south of Douglas Glen will be part of the City’s first steps of Green Line construction. Queue jump lanes, median bus lanes and bus-only left turn lanes are a few of these early measures. For more details, visit the project page.

61 Avenue S.E. Extension
Traffic accommodation connections to the South East Ring Road are also on our construction agenda this year. A two-lane roadway from 68 Street S.E., a four-lane roadway from 68 Street S.E. to 57 Street S.E. and a four-lane bridge over Forest Lawn Creek which is between 57 Street S.E. and 68 Street S.E. are all in the scope of work. Roadworks, stormwater management and bridge construction will begin in Summer 2015 with anticipated completion in August 2016. For more details, visit the project page.

Stay tuned for updates on the other quadrants throughout this week.
For a complete list of construction happening in Calgary this summer, be sure to visit

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Major transportation construction projects in the southwest

This summer, Calgary's southwest quadrant will undergo some major transportation enhancements around Sarcee Trail, Anderson Road, Crowchild Trail and in the downtown core.

Sarcee Trail
A new fibreglass enforced grid underlay will be installed on a section of Sarcee Trail S.W. The material is expected to enhance the life of the roadway. Major rehabilitation on Sarcee Trail S.W. between Richmond Road S.W. and Bowglen Crescent N.W. will include slope drainage and safety improvements; work will be coordinated with pavement rehabilitation. This is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the spring and over the summer. For more details, visit the project page.

1 Street S.W. Underpass
1 Street S.W. Underpass construction
The City is implementing an underpass improvement program aimed at improving pedestrian safety and connections between the Beltline and downtown communities. The 1 Street S.W. Underpass is undergoing rehabilitation construction this summer which includes new sidewalks and guardrails, improved lighting, integrated public art, painting of retaining walls and structure beams, improved drainage and new sidewalks. The west pedestrian walkway is already under construction and due to be finished by mid-July, when construction on the east walkway will begin. Construction should finish in Fall 2015. For more details, visit the project page.

8 Street S.W. Underpass
This summer, the 8 Street S.W. Underpass between 8 Street S.W. and 10 Avenue S.W. will undergo construction. Work includes the addition of LED lighting, new sidewalks and guardrails, and the repair and maintenance of upper and lower retaining walls.

Anderson Pedestrian Bridge
The City is building a pedestrian overpass at Anderson Road near 37 Street S.W. to enhance pedestrian safety and pathway connectivity throughout and after the construction of the South West Ring Road project. The bridge and pathway detours will be in place before construction of the South West Ring Road begins. For more details, visit the project page.

Crowchild/Flanders Avenue Interchange final design
Crowchild/Flanders Avenue Interchange
Construction of a new interchange will begin in late Summer 2015 for Crowchild Trail at Flanders Avenue S.W. This new infrastructure is aimed at improving traffic flow in this high volume area. Transit-only access on northbound Richmond Road, a single-lane roundabout at the east side of the new interchange, an additional ramp from southbound Crowchild Trail to bypass Flanders Avenue, and retaining to the existing bridge/sidewalks are included in the scope of work. For more details, visit the project page.

Stay tuned for updates on the other quadrants throughout this week.
For a complete list of construction happening in Calgary this summer, be sure to visit

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