Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 Calgary Stampede & Parade - getting around and staying safe

It's that time of year when many Calgarians step out of their suits and into their boots, spontaneously yell "yahoo" and consume more deep fried food in one sitting than the rest of the year combined. As the Calgary Stampede approaches, we're here to help you get there and stay safe.

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Chubachi

STAMPEDE WEEK


Biking & walking
From Friday July 7 to Sunday, July 16, cycling will be restricted on Stephen Avenue from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. If you are riding your bike, please dismount and walk it during this time.

24 Hour CTrain Service
‘Round the clock service begins Thursday, July 6, evening and ends late in the evening on Sunday, July 16.
CTrain Schedule during Stampede:
  • Every 5 - 8 min. - 6:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
  • Every 30 min. - 12:45 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Discounted Transit Day Passes
The transit day passes are available starting June 1 at our Customer Service Centres, 7-Eleven, Mac’s and Safeway stores. Adult day passes are $6.50, (reg. $10.00) and Youth day passes are $4.50 (reg. $7.00).

During the 10 days of Stampede, day passes will also be available through ticket vending machines located at CTrain stations. To validate the pass, scratch the day you are travelling prior to boarding a CTrain or bus. The pass will be valid until 4 a.m. the following day.


Road closures
There will be a number of road closures to accommodate events all over the city during the Calgary Stampede (July 7-16).

STAMPEDE PARADE DAY


Parade day road & parkade closures, bus detours
Road and parking impacts on parade day will include several parking lot closures. Spectators travelling to the Stampede Parade are encouraged to walk, bike or use transit to get into the downtown core.

Find a comprehensive list of bus detours and info on how to take transit to the parade on Calgary Transit's website.

Road closures and bus route detours become effective at 7:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m.

Viewing the parade
We've 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.

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 Community Standards.
  • 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, Bylaw and CPS officers will be onsite and in communication for the duration of the Parade for immediate response.

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