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Ways to go

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan Now

March 2012

June 2012

Summer 2012

September 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 March 2013

April 2013

Project Start Survey

Booth at Farmer’s Market

Data Collection, Analysis, Solutions Development

Focus Group on Recommendations

Draft plans to Council Open House on Draft Plan

Final Report Council to select which recommendations are implemented for Summer 2013

Stakeholder Sessions

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

PARKING MANAGEMENT

ACTIVE MODES

TRANSIT

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GOODS MOVEMENT


Traffic Management

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan

You told us

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Goal

Congestion a problem — 44% of comments overall related to congestion 54% experienced traffic congestion in the summer

Key findings

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Current road network capacity is reached at 20,000 vehicles/day Congestion is limiting opportunities for economic growth Over 2,000 pedestrians & 200 vehicles/hour at peak times at Caribou Street/Banff Avenue intersection Bottleneck at Bear & Buffalo Street creates congestion on Banff Avenue Traffic should be intercepted before it reaches downtown

• To maximize traffic efficiency without building costly new road infrastructure • 12 scenarios of turning priorities, additional lanes and creating pedestrian mall were modelled to develop recommendations

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Peak Long Weekend Traffic Conditions - Emerging Issues Queing evident in the eastbound direction, causing spillback and minor delays on Lynx Street north of Wolf Street.

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Reduce queue lengths on and south of the Bow River bridge.

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Remove on-street parking (approximately eight 2-hour spaces) on southbound Bear Street north of Buffalo Street.

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Queing evident in the northbound direction, causing spillback and minor delays on Spray Ave. east of Banff Ave. and on Mountain Ave. west of Spray Ave.

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Optimize cycle lengths (without coordination) and signal timings at all signalized locations within Town. Provide traffic signal at Lynx Street/Caribou Street. Provide traffic signal at Bear Street/Buffalo Street. Provide separate dedicated westbound right turn bay at Bear Street/Buffalo Street. Provide separate dedicated southbound left turn bay at Bear Street/Buffalo Street. Provide clearer signage and pavement markings for ‘no stopping zone’ at Banff Avenue/Spray (Cave Avenue). Provide clearer signage for lane designation at Lynx Street/Wolf Street. Revise northbound pavement at Banff Avenue/Buffalo Street markings.

Traffic Queing is Evident

Exhibit 1.12

Scenario 1: Traffic Signal Optimization (Uncoordinated) Town of Banff TMP December 2012 Scale NTS

A. Optimize traffic signal timings throughout town Town of Banff TMP bunt & associates | Project No. 1416-01 |

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B. Turning lanes at junction of Buffalo & Bear Street — would require at least summer, peak hour parking restrictions (front of the post office and bus loading only by 101 Bear Street)

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C. Scramble intersections at Banff Avenue and Wolf, Caribou & Buffalo Streets; start with trial at Caribou and Banff Avenue

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D. Special transportation plans for busy traffic days, including highway signage and traffic directors

Provide permanent traffic counters at the entrances to town

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Parking Management

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan

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You told us

Parking is a problem downtown, particularly during the summer; additional parking is needed Over 80% said parking is not an issue in winter

Goal

Key findings

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1,400 on-street and off-street stalls — a shortfall of 125 stalls at peak Shortfall is expected to increase to 360 stalls in five years; 600 stalls in 10 years Beaver & Bear Streets are not ideal locations for more parkades — road network to those areas is already beyond capacity Up to 30% of traffic volume during peak conditions created by drivers looking for parking Up to 20% of parking occupancy (up to 280 stalls) during peak periods is by residents 65% of time violation tickets issued in 2011 were to residents Most visitors (76% on weekdays and 65% on weekend) stay in town for less than 5 hours 75% of drivers do not rely on signage to find parking stalls 72% of visitors surveyed would be willing to pay to park

• To maximize efficiency of the available parking downtown • To explore the development of additional parking to meet future growth • To increase parking turnover & reduce congestion from circling motorists

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B. Eliminate overnight parking or year-round rental in Bear Street Parkade basement (70 stalls)

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Provide additional RV parking outside of downtown

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Active Modes

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan

You told us

• The existing network is good but improvements can be made in many areas

Goal

Key findings

• To build on and strengthen the existing network

Key recommendations

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• 45% of visitor trips and 50% of resident trips take place on bike or on foot

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Strengthen connection between Legacy Trail and Marmot Crescent/ Cougar Street.

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Add “Bike Route To Town Centre” signage.

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Pavement coloring to indicated route through intersection. Connect Wolf Street to Bow Avenue with sharrows and pavement coloring through Lynx intersection. Route leads to/ from potential location for Bike Rest Stop at north end of Bear Street.

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Sharows along Buffalo Street.

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Recommended Cycling Route Improvements Banff TMP 1416.01

October, 2012

A. Extend eastbound Legacy Trail toward town centre — options include left-hand turn lanes to Marmot Crescent or converting a northbound Banff Avenue lane into a bike lane

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C. Long-term action: Redesign Bear Street — e.g. provide pedestrians and cyclists primary right-of-way (with vehicles still permitted)

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B. Develop off-street route from Wolf Street & Bow Avenue to Muskrat Street for connection to Banff Avenue and the riverside trail system

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D. Long-term action: Enhance pedestrian experience in Banff Avenue/Bear Street laneway with alternative materials for a walking surface, improved signage and potential lighting

Long-term action: Create cyclist rest area adjacent to downtown & linked to Legacy Trail

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Public Transit

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan

You told us

• Increase awareness among visitors

Goal

Key findings

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5% of residents and 13% of visitors surveyed use public transit 42% of visitors surveyed stated that availability of public transit is important when choosing vacation destination

• To increase ridership

Key recommendations

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A. Enhance bus stop signage to increase visibility

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C. Improve understanding of the ridership profile — e.g., who rides the bus? which stops are most popular?

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B. Modify bus wrap design to enhance recognition as transit system

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D. Long-term action: Improve routes & frequency — e.g., connect Tunnel & Sulphur mountains, increase frequency on primary route to 15 minutes, add summer route

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Goods Movement

Town of Banff Transportation Master Plan

• Lanes difficult to negotiate — illegal parking & traffic movement

You told us

Goal

Key findings

• Congestion negatively impacts goods movements, tour bus and transit

• To maximize the efficiency of the available infrastructure

Key recommendations

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A. Increase enforcement in lanes and near driveways

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D. Long-term action: Upgrade loading areas as re-development permits

Long-term action: Consider the development of a loading hub — would require separate study

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Ways to go Transportation Master Plan  

Ways to go Transportation Master Plan – Key Recommendation, presented at the March 14,2013 Open House

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