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Friday, August 29, 2014

New school and playground zone hours in effect September 1

School and playground zones are an important part of keeping children safe on city streets. Starting September 1, 2014, school and playground zone hours will be changed to one consistent time. Here are the facts.

School and playground zone hours are now the same. Slow down to 30km/h during these times:

Playground zones are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., all year around.
School zones are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., on school days only.

There are 180 school zones and 1510 playground zones in the city. Crews have been busy all month changing the times on almost 5,000 signs around Calgary.

Why the change?
Changing school and playground zone hours to one consistent time was a proactive measure to improve pedestrian safety.

The City talked to school boards, the Calgary Police Service, the Alberta Motor Association, and other municipalities in Alberta about changing school and playground zone times.

Through these discussions, we heard the following:
  • The “one hour after sunset” end time for playground zones was too open-ended. End times would vary from as early as 5 p.m. in winter, and as late as 11 p.m. in summer.  
  • The unspecified end time made it difficult for drivers to consistently follow the rules. 
  • Schools are regularly used in the evenings for extracurricular activities, such as community sports – the old times did not take after-hours use into account.
The new hours reflect the times that these areas are being used by children and other pedestrians, and provide drivers with consistent times that can be easily remembered.

How does this impact your commute?
The new school and playground zone times will have a minimal impact on your travel time. Most school and playground zones are 100-200 metres long. Slowing down to 30km/h in these areas will add approximately 4-10 seconds to your commute, but can increase a pedestrians chance of survival by 70 per cent.

Visit Calgary.ca for more information.

Thank you for helping us keep Calgary safe!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 tips for putting out your garbage and recycling

Did you know that The City of Calgary collects over 5,000 tonnes of garbage and recycling from residential homes each week? That’s the equivalent weight of 733 elephants – that’s a lot of stuff!

With over 305,000 homes to service every week, being quick, safe and efficient is an important part of the job. You play a part too. Here are six things you should know when putting out your blue and black carts:

1. Leave enough space around your carts
The collection trucks use mechanical arms to pick up blue and black carts. These arms need space to reach, grab and lift the carts safely. If you can walk between and around your carts that’s enough space.





2. Is your cart full?
Fill your cart before leaving out any extra garbage bags.




3. Flatter is better
Place your carts on even ground at street or lane level to keep them from rolling or tipping over.






4. Move it on over
Leave at least 30 cm (1 ft.) of space between your cart and any extra bags.




5. Cars and fences and poles, oh my!
Leave at least one metre (3 ft.) of space between your cart and any other obstacles such as cars fences, garages and power poles. The mechanical arms on the trucks need the room to safely pick up your carts.



6. Rise and shine
We start early. Put your carts out by 7 a.m. on your collection day or after 7 p.m. the day before your collection. Pull your carts back onto your property or against your fence after collection.


For more placement tips, watch our Report to Calgarians video clip below or visit calgary.ca/waste.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Prairie Winds Spray park re-opening Wednesday, August 27

Join us at Prairie Winds Park on Wednesday, August 27 to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated spray park.

Artist's concept of the park - Come out and see the real thing!
The free event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a short presentation by Councillor Ray Jones, Ward 5, and Anne Charlton, The City of Calgary Parks director.

Kid-friendly activities, light refreshments and lots of water fun are also planned for the opening.

A design first for North America

The spray park has been outfitted with brand new and upgraded spray and water features. Its design is the first of its kind in North America.

The upgrades and new equipment were made possible with funding from the Council-created Community Investment Fund (CIF). Through CIF, City Council gives back to Calgarians by investing in and supporting new community projects and critical lifecycle upgrades throughout the city.

What: Prairie Winds Spray Park re-opening

When: Wednesday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Where:         Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.

Parking is available in the north parking lot, located off of Westwinds Crescent N.E. There is also a parking lot off of 54 Avenue N.E. As parking can fill up quickly, carpooling or taking Calgary Transit is also encouraged. Visit Calgary Transit to plan your route to the opening.

Read more about the Prairie Winds Spray Park upgrades. Join our Facebook event to find out who else is going and follow the latest developments.

Submitted by Erin Martinez, Parks


Tuscany Station officially opens for service

The first train pulled into the brand new Tuscany Station Monday morning, marking the first day of service.

The opening of Tuscany Station will help Calgary Transit to better serve the roughly 40,000 Calgarians living in the northwest communities of Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and Tuscany. With Tuscany now open, it’s anticipated that Calgary Transit will see about 9,300 additional weekday passenger trips.

“After all of this construction, we anticipate that a lot of folks will be using this (station) and it really will be a model for suburban station construction,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi during the Tuscany Station opening celebration on Aug. 23.

Between Crowfoot Station and Tuscany Station, 2.5 km of track has been added and the trip to downtown should take roughly 25 minutes.

Bus service in the area has been streamlined to better serve customers, with one new route being added and existing routes altered. Route 157 will service Royal Oak Drive and extend service coverage to the Royal Vista area of 100 Avenue N.W. Route 58 has been changed to Route 169 and Routes 74, 158, 169 and 174 have been revised to service Tuscany Station and will no longer be going to Crowfoot Station.

In addition to the bus, residents in Tuscany, Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak have several options for getting to the station including walking and biking. At most, residents in those areas will have a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute cycle time to the station.

Tuscany Station has two Park and Ride lots – one of the Rocky Ride side and one on the Tuscany side. There are a total of 572 stalls with 179 reserved stalls on the Tuscany side and 107 stalls on the Rocky Ridge side. While reserved parking is full at this time, customers can sign up for the waitlist.

For more information, visit calgarytransit.com, or read our Rider’s Guide.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Self-serve engagement opportunity at Currie Barracks showcases area development plans

The City of Calgary is reviewing a proposal from Canada Lands Company to change the type of development on the east side of Currie Barracks, allowing for a medium-density mix of retail space, office space and residential space. The proposal includes a network of open spaces and pathways while preserving key aspects of the area’s military history.

To offer residents a convenient opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal during the busy summer months, The City has set up an on-site location at the Currie Barracks Sales Centre. Until September 18, the Sales Centre will house a variety of self-serve information about the proposed development and be staffed by City planners every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.



“The City is excited to offer a unique way to engage with the community, offering evening office hours and a library of information concerning the new application for Currie Barracks,” says Craig Sklenar, Senior Planner with The City’s Planning Department.

For more information on the proposed redevelopment and how to provide your feedback to City Staff, please visit Calgary.ca/curriebarracks or contact 3-1-1.

The Currie Barracks Sales Centre is located at J5, 2953 Battleford Avenue SW. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 12-5 p.m. The Sales Centre is closed on Fridays.