What's the Future Walkability of Calgary Look Like?

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 1:40pm.

Eau Claire, Calgary - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davebloggs007/15054474339

Calgary is usually known for being a place that requires driving everywhere. Most neighbourhoods understand that to go do things you’ll need to get in the car. Luckily the city is working to promote walking by making more areas walkable. Here is what has been taking place in downtown Calgary lately to get more residents walking places.

Downtown East Village

The Downtown East Village was originally designed for walkability. This inner-city area was constructed in 2007 and had walkability in mind since the start. There’s been $180 million invested there and the walkability has increased since its start. Developers planned the community within a bustling city and are now reinvesting into the community.

The project is still ongoing and the community’s walkability should continue to increase as more things are added or updated. One of the projects for Downtown East Village is the RiverWalk. It’s a highly walkable initiative that will provide biking and walking paths alongside Bow River. They are in preliminary stages by cleaning up the river.  

Hillhurst & Sunnyside

The community of Kensington is a walkable community in Calgary consisting of Hillhurst and Sunnyside. These communities fall inside the shopping district of Kensington and is designed for a relaxed lifestyle and walkability.

Thanks to some new condo developments coming into the area, the community is becoming even more walkable. They’ve been awarded the Downtown Merit Award because of their work to increase walkability in bustling downtown.

Eau Claire

Eau Claire market has been a destination for many Calgary residents for years. Walking here allows them to enjoy shopping, treats, and the movie theatre. Due to its closeness to shopping, the area is considered one of the most walkable. People enjoy walking to Prince’s Island Park for annual events like Folkfest. In the coming years they will add condo developments and commercial spaces which will continue to increase the walkability.

Calgary’s downtown is becoming a great area to walk, enjoy the beauty, and get some exercise.

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