Located in picturesque downtown Canmore, Alberta, Spring Creek Drive is the latest example of the Town’s dedication to raising the bar for what it means to be liveable. Already pedestrian friendly, Canmore aims to increase trips taken by foot or bike to 30% to benefit its 14,000 residents and many visitors that it welcomes each year.
Spring Creek Drive is unique amongst North American streets because it gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians, implementing design cues that let motorists know they are guests on the corridor.
“The more difficult it is to drive, the safer drivers behave. The easier it is to drive, the less safe” says Dick van Veen, one of Mobycon’s designers on the project. “The visual transition in the street should be what makes you change your behaviour.” On Spring Creek Drive, these transitions are introduced through natural elements such as street trees that will mature to arch over the road and chicanes with flower beds implemented to not only slow traffic but also to make the streetscape pleasant and comfortable for pedestrians.
‘Great design of streets and public space must be realised together with all stakeholders. In addition to traffic safety, a living environment must be attractive. My solutions strike a balance between all users, not just motorists but the cyclists and pedestrians, residents and entrepreneurs, old and young. Public space is for everyone!’