Complete Streets & Active Transportation

  • Route 9A – Complete Street

    A “soup to nuts” complete street design for Manhattan’s West Side

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  • Calgary Cycle Tracks

    Sorting out cycle tracks

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  • Six Forks Complete Streets Study

    A route for all users.

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Creating better mobility options

When you start with the end goal in mind, you create meaningful change. This guides our approach to complete streets, because we know that the end result is better and smarter choices for how people to get around their communities—be it four wheels, two wheels, or two feet. We work with clients to integrate transit, vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian modes in designs that provide smarter mobility choices to take their communities to the next level. Read More

Work, for me, is teaming up with community members and clients to make the places that they live in even better.

Ryan Martinson Associate, Transportation
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The why and how of complete streets

Streets aren’t just about cars anymore. Join Stantec’s Mike Rutkowski and Craig Lewis as they explain the shift to people-oriented design, which accommodates people, bicycles, and transit, as well as cars.

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<p><b>Ryan Martinson</b></p> <p>We all need to move around our cities to take advantage of what they offer us in terms of living, working, playing, and learning. With our cities growing, our transportation systems need to grow as well. And that’s why cycle tracks are so great. Check it out!</p> <p><b>Rock Miller</b></p> <p>Cycle track is a relatively new form of bikeway that is being built in urban areas, particularly in downtowns. It’s basically a reassigning the way the street is used to dedicate some space for bicycles in addition to the space for cars, and one of the most important features of it is there’s some kind of a physical separation between the bicyclists and the cars.</p> <p>When you ride a bicycle in a facility like this it feels a lot more comfortable to people riding a bike, so people who are nervous about riding in a city will ride in a facility like this.</p> <p><b>Ryan Martinson</b></p> <p>As I travel through downtown Calgary, there’s a lot of people moving around by different modes. It’s busy, but everyone’s getting around safely. This is something we had to consider when we were planning and designing the cycle track network. So why aren’t more people doing this? Well like everything, there’s challenges.</p> <p><b>Rock Miller</b></p> <p>We’ve heard a number of people, particularly people that are used to commuting by cars express a lot of concern over taking away the lane of traffic. Another issue of concern that we’ve heard from a number of people is that it basically has resulted in some loss of parking along the street.</p> <p>One of the things the City did to address the parking shortage is survey nearby streets and they actually found places where they could provide some additional parking and they’ve actually come up with a net increase of about 100 stalls total for the overall project area.</p> <p>The bicycle traffic to the downtown has been increasing, the car traffic has actually been decreasing, and the City’s really established a lot of goals to increase bicycling and decrease single occupant car traffic in the downtown.</p> <p><b>Don Mulligan</b></p> <p>To be a great city, you’ve got to take some risks, you’ve got to go out on a limb, you’ve got to try new things, and lots and lots of people are resistant to change. You can give them some comfort by saying “it’s a pilot, we’re going to try it, it’s not permanent, if it doesn’t work we can either adjust it or abandon it…” And so there’s a huge power in creating a pilot project that is truly a test.</p> <p><b>Ryan Martinson</b></p> <p>So clearly there are a lot of challenges with implementing cycle tracks. Why bother?</p> <p><b>Don Mulligan</b></p> <p>When we ask people “why cycle?” the vast majority say “for exercise”, but it's not just about exercise, it's about a whole new lifestyle.&nbsp; I've been to many other cities all over the world and the cities that are best at cycling, people use it for everything. It becomes their way. We call it &quot;All day, all purpose trip&quot;. So, it's not just about going to school or going to work. It's going to visit friends, it's going to get groceries, it's going out at night.</p> <p><b>Ryan Martinson</b></p> <p>So they’re an all-around good idea, so how can other communities get started, and who can help?</p> <p><b>Rock Miller</b></p> <p>Stantec has helped cities implement cycle tracks in many communities throughout the US and Canada. We know it’s worked where it’s been done in cities before, and we have no doubt that it’s going to be working here. And the early returns really are confirming that already.</p> <p><b>Ryan Martinson</b></p> <p>So give us a shout if you want to learn more about cycle tracks in your town.</p>

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Scott Lane, Senior Transportation Planner

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Alisha Merchant, Transportation Engineer

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Ryan Martinson, Associate, Transportation

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    Complete Streets Leader

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    Senior Transportation Planner

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    Transportation Engineer

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Pavement Engineering We work with our clients to manage their pavements, focusing on pavement engineering and related data collection services.
Traffic Engineering Our traffic engineers keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently, helping you find more time in your day by spending less time in your car.
Transportation Planning As a community grows in size and population, so do its mobility needs. We help you address those needs and find a comprehensive solution that can safely get you to your destination.
Design Visualization Through design visualization, we help clients and stakeholders picture the building they’ll work in, the bridge they’ll drive over, and the neighborhood their kids will play in.
Public Participation We develop and execute communication and consultation plans that allow people affected by change to understand, influence, and accept it.
Urban Planning & Design Our plans help harness the forces reshaping North American communities. We create places that are authentic, green, walkable, connected and diverse.  

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