The mobility network across the plan area is designed to provide high-quality travel options for all users and ensure a safe travel and access. As the plan area incorporates the Bonnie Doon LRT stop, the site is designed to allow for efficient travel to and from the site through attractive and lively people-places in all seasons.View The Map
A key design principle of Connect Bonnie Doon are Healthy Streets, specifically pedestrian and cyclist safety. Active modes of transportation , particularly walking, is a primary consideration for successful mixed use and retail environments. The Plan Area is designed to be highly accessible for all users and accommodates both pedestrian and bicycle traffic and ensures permeability within and across the Plan Area connecting to the surrounding community at key points. The refined concept responds to stakeholder feedback and now includes separated bicycle lanes that connect to the shared use pathway. Pedestrian pathways are generous and support safe travel options across through the internal portions of the Plan Area, along the public open space network. The separated bike network connects to 84th Avenue linking to 79th Street bike route and Dermott Park District to the east with the Shared-Use Path in Mill Creek Ravine to the west. As well, the network connects users along 88th Avenue westward toward the French Quarter, La Cite Francophone, and UofA’s Campus Saint-Jean.
Access points to the site are located at strategic locations that ensure a highly connected and permeable site, but also align to future construction phasing based on the existing development. Vehicle, Pedestrian and Bicycle access points are highlighted on the Mobility Network plan and illustrate a high degree of connectivity and permeability to the site and surrounding neighbourhoods.
The site is connected through 5 street types: Main Street, Special Street, Secondary Street Types 1, 2 and 3.
As the new Valley Line West and reconfigured traffic circle is constructed, the nature of 83rd and 85th Streets will change. 83rd Street will transition from an autooriented commuter corridor to a transitoriented commuter corridor which will likely have an impact on route selection to and from the Downtown. As well, 85th Street will shift from a high volume arterial to a more neighbourhood focused collector. As such, there is a significant opportunity to re-frame how 85th street is designed and used, such as the potential for on-street parking, curb extensions, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and more. As well, pedestrian crossing enhancements along 83rd Street should be explored. In addition to improvements to public streets, adaptive approaches will be explored for parking structures, parking ratios, and use of private roadways as autonomous vehicles become commercially viable, transit ridership increases, and demand for on-site parking changes.