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Friday, February 22, 2013

Transportation Department Wins Multiple Awards

The City of Calgary’s Transportation Department has recently won several awards. First, the West LRT project won two bronze “Telly Awards”, and secondly, a joint project between Transportation Planning and Roads was awarded “Project of the Year” by the Alberta Public Works Association.

Telly Awards
The West LRT infographic video  has won two bronze Telly Awards in the categories of Internet/Online Commercial – Transportation and Online Programs, Segments, Promotional Pieces – Public Relations. 

The Telly Awards is the premier award honouring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films.

The 33rd Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from five continents. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

The West LRT communications team worked with Jump Studios to develop the script and the storyline for its winning infographic video, along with its key visual elements.

The promotion of the video resulted in 10 times the number of views of previous West LRT videos.

It has become a tool used by other business units, communities groups and aldermen to explain the details of the project and its impact on the greater transportation plan for Calgary.

Alberta Public Works Association
In a joint project between Roads and Transportation Planning, these teams were recently awarded the Alberta Public Works Association’s “Project of the Year” award for Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs for Urban Speed Reduction on Community Streets.

Calgary communities consistently identify motor vehicle speeds on residential streets as an ongoing safety concern. Calgary communities have been requesting solutions to speeding issues other than “traditional” temporary traffic control devices such as signage, curb extensions, speed bumps and the like.

In April of 2010, installation of the Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs began as a pilot project. More signs were added in 2011 and were officially implemented and integrated into the City of Calgary traffic “toolbox” in 2012. There are currently 16 of these signs around the Calgary.

These vehicle activated speed signs have proven to be an excellent alternative to traditional traffic control devices as they don’t interfere with any part of the roadway’s design.

There has been broad community acceptance of these signs by residents. Noticeable by their high visibility when activated, they also inform local residents that their concerns over speeds in the area are being addressed.

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