Calgary’s favourite (and only) network of cross-building bridges will be getting an update to its policy in the coming months, and the City is asking the public’s input on just how they use the warm walkways.
Throughout March, the City will have representatives staking out portions of the Plus 15 to take head counts on the number of pedestrians who use the service each day, as well as gauging the missing links, safety pieces, and wayfinding markers.
Anyone hoping to express their approval – or disapproval – on certain aspects of the system’s functionality can fill out an online survey that will influence the updated policy.
Questions on the survey include how often you use the bridges, why you use them, if you prefer them to sidewalks, and how easy they are to navigate through.
The existing policy was first created back in 1984 when the first of the new 83 enclosed bridges began construction.
“The City, the steward of these structures, is gathering input to update this policy to comply with modern standards, and look for opportunities for growth, improvements and wayfinding within the Plus 15 network,” the survey’s intro explains.
Any changes made to the Plus 15 policy can be expected to be implemented in fall 2018, following a presentation of recommendations to the public and a stakeholder meeting between June and early September of this year.
Four of the Plus 15 crossings will be closed from March 24 to 25 for condition assessments, and three have been closed until further notice due to repairs. The full list can be found below:
Closed March 24 to 25:
- From Calgary Place crossing 5th Avenue SW to 333 5th Avenue SW
- From Calgary Place crossing 6th Avenue SW to The Westin Calgary
- From Telus Convention Centre/Glenbow Museum crossing First Street SE to Arts Common
- From Chevron Plaza crossing 4th Street SW to 444 5th Avenue SW
Closed until further notice:
- From the Central Library crossing Macleod Trail to Rocky Mountain Plaza
- From Rocky Mountain Plaza crossing 6th Avenue SE to the Family of Man Park
- From the Andrew Davison Building crossing 1st Street SE. to Carter Place