89 per cent of Calgarians use the pathway system
After City Council conducted a Pathway Safety Report, Council approved a list of city-wide safety recommendations to be implemented over three years from 2012 – 2014. This year, the work on upgrading the pathways begins in May.
The budget for the work to be completed over three years is $6 million.
This year, the work plan includes centre line painting and stencil symbols along over 200 Kilometres of pathways in the city. Crews will also work to improve lighting in tunnels and underpasses as well as curb cuts and wheelchair ramp installations. As far as repairs go, city workers will be repairing and installing pathway handrails, repairing areas where pathways intersect with bridges and repairing and installing signs and steel posts along pathways. Crews will also be installing fencing where it is required for safety and finally, workers will repair turf and prune overhead growth along pathways.
Regular pathway maintenance also begins in May. City workers will be repairing asphalt, widening some pathways and conducting tree root bump grinding for safety.
The complete Pathway Safety Review Report 2011 is also available online.