Panel Discussion and AGM: March 30 @7PM

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 11.32.34 AMMarch 30 @7PM Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, Hall, 917 Centre Ave NE

Join Sustainable Calgary for an evening of engaging discussion as part of our Annual General Meeting.

This is an opportunity to meet the board and active members of Sustainable Calgary, and to learn more about us and how you can get involved – or just renew old acquaintances.



Panelists include:

Tom Babin: author of Frostbike, The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling

Jason Ponto: PhD Candidate, comparative Study of Cycling in Calgary and Europe

Kimberley Nelson: BikeCalgary, President


The panel discussion is $10 or free with a $20 Sustainable Calgary Membership.

RSVP for Peddling Through the Process (and Politics) of Cycling here.


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Tom Babin @SafeandSmooth, March 19

Tom BabinTom Babin - author of widely acclaimed book Frostbike, editor for the Calgary Herald and bike blogger - is a leading expert in Calgary on the topics of complete streets and our city’s developing bike culture. Babin also writes for the blog “Pedal”, one the most widely read cycling blogs in Canada.


Frostbike, Babin’s first book, delves into the environmental and urban design changes, as well as the attitude changes, that are required to make cycling in Calgary’s winters safe, fun and a viable way to commute around the city. Babin not only looks at cities abroad that are doing winter cycling “the right way”, he also focuses inwards on the unique winter cycling needs of Calgary and other Canadian cities.


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Robert van Dongen @SafeandSmooth, March 19, 9:00AM

RobertHow the Green Environment Affects Behaviour

Robert van Dongen is a lecturer at NHTV Breda University, one the Netherland’s most renowned schools in transportation design and planning, where his research focuses on environmental psychology, urban green spaces, and governance and policy.

Van Dongen will be hosting a participatory session focusing on the ways in which natural elements affect travel choices . Van Dongen’s session will be held at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 19th at 9:00 am. Buy your tickets for the event here.


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Ben Hamilton-Ballie @SafeandSmooth, March 18, 11:00AM

Designing for Self-Organizing Shared Spaces

BenBen Hamilton-Ballie is one of Britain’s leading experts in transportation, best known for his work in Shared Spaces, Safe Routes and Home Zones.

Hamilton-Ballie is a landscape architect, urban designer and partner of Hamilton-Baillie Associates. He has worked with government agencies, developers and community groups to develop policies and provide innovative solutions to traffic movement through public space.

Hamilton-Baillie will be speaking at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 18th at 11:00 am. Buy your tickets for the event here.

Shared Space

The Shared Space approach to transportation planning involves incorporating pedestrian, bike and car traffic into the social and cultural dynamics of cities and towns. This approach recognizes streets and roads as public spaces that all groups of people should have access to, and uses innovative strategies to reduce traffic speed and collisions.

Check out more about shared space in this interview with Ben Hamilton-Ballie.


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Paul van de Coevering @SafeandSmooth, March 18, 2:00PM

PaulHow the Built Environment Affects Behaviour

Paul van de Coevering, a researcher at Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research and Phd student at Tu-Delft, is an up-and-coming expert in the area of the built environment and travel behaviour. In 2012-2013, Van de Coevering introduced his project Retrofitting Car-Dependant Cities in Calgary.

Van de Coevering will be speaking at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 18th at 2:00 pm about his current research, focusing on how the built environment influence our attitudes and behaviours as street users. Buy your tickets for the event here.

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Lori Beattie @SafeandSmooth, March 19, 11:00AM

LoriLori Beattie, the author of Calgary’s Best Walks, Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks, and Calgary’s Best Bike Rides and Trails, is one of our city’s leading experts on walking, biking and urban hiking. She has written for the Calgary Herald, for Avenue Magazine, and leads walks, hikes, snowshoe and cross-country ski events in Calgary.

Calgary’s Best Walks 

Beattie has recently published a beautiful guide to the best strolls in our city. From Downtown art walks to walks along the Bow River, Bridgeland and Nose Creek, Beattie cleverly incorporates art, culture, nature, and visits to unique, small businesses into each of her walks. Check out sample walks from her book here.

Lori2At Sustainable Calgary’s Safe and Smooth Symposium, Beattie will be speaking about walking and cycling in Calgary with kids during the colder, darker winter months. She will be speaking on March 19th at 11:00 am. Buy your tickets for the event here.


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Fred Wegman @SafeandSmooth, March 18, 9:30AM


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Fred Wegman, Director of the Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands, is internationally recognized for his contributions to road safety systems. Wegman works mainly in the policy side of transportation planning, and has been involved in developing road safety strategies and policy information systems for the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, and New Zealand, among others.

Wegman will be speaking at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 18th at 9:30 am. Buy your tickets for the event here.

Sustainable Safety

Sustainable Safety is the Dutch approach to road safety.  It focuses on adapting roads and vehicle behaviour to better fit the needs and capabilities of people, by recognizing the significance of human error in road safety. The approach is based on the following principles:

1) Road Functionality

2) Division of roads by speed, direction and number of users

3) Predictability of roads and road-users

4) Forgiveness designed into the road, the environment and the road’s users

5) Awareness of road users

Check out more about the Dutch approach to road safety here.


Advancing Sustainable Safety: Wegman’s National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020

Wegman is the author of the open-source book Advancing Sustainable Safety: National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020. The document provides recommendations for road safety policy at local and national levels and is designed to be used by all levels of government, transportation activist groups, and the private sector.


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David Engwicht @ Safe & Smooth Symposium, March 18


Ways to Change Your Neighbourhood Using People and Power…

David Engwicht, Australia’s “Traffic Calming Guru”, is best known for pioneering the ideas of Walking School Buses and Neighbourhood Pace Cars.

Unlike many traffic design experts, Engwicht did not start out as a formally trained urban planner, but began his career in traffic-calming activism as a concerned resident in his own neighbourhood. Engwicht is now an international leader in the motor vehicle traffic planning field, and has written three books on these issues.

Engwicht will be speaking at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 18th at 3:00 pm. Buy your tickets for the event here!

Walking School Buses

Engwicht’s Walking School Bus program works to increase the number of students who walk or bike to school by engaging parents and children in creating routes and schedules to walk or bike to and from school together. The program has been implemented international and has recently been incorporated into Mayor Nenshi’s Walk (or roll) to School Program.

Check out ways to start a walking school bus in your community here.

Neighbourhood Pace Cars

Engwicht’s Neighbourhood Pace Car program enables residents to reduce traffic problems in their neighbourhoods without requiring intervention from local government and without breaking any laws. The program involves community residents displaying Pace Car stickers on their cars, then driving the speed limit, acting as a “mobile speed bump” to slow traffic.

Check out more on how to implement Engwicht’s Pace Car Program in your neighbourhood here.


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Open House: Designing A Liveable Bridgeland

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7-9PM @Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, Downstairs Hall

Join students and faculty from the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda (Netherlands) for an Open House showcasing their designs, to make Bridgeland the most liveable, walkable and vibrant community in Calgary.  Your feedback will contribute to the Active Neighbourhoods project, and influence future design projects in the neighbourhood.  Admission to this event is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served.

Part of Safer Calgary’s Safe and Smooth3 Symposium, running from March 18 – 19, 2015, to create “better roads to better places for more people.”  To register for the full symposium, visit:

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For more information on the symposium or ongoing work in Bridgeland, check out:


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Five Fast Facts – What Does our Aging Population Need?

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1. Our aging population needs better sidewalks and crosswalks

In this podcast David Foot, an economist and demographer at University of Toronto, addresses the need for longer pedestrian lights at crosswalks for older people who walk more slowly and tapered sidewalk curbs that reduce the chances of older adults tripping. These needs align with the concerns seniors in Bridgeland have expressed to us as part of our Active Neighbourhoods project. Specifically, Bridgeland’s seniors emphasize how crucial snow and ice removal on sidewalks and crosswalks is for moving around their neighbourhoods in the winter months.


2. Our aging population needs more secure and better lit streets

This study finds that safety is a key concern for older adults, specifically women, in terms of moving around and feeling at home in their community. Lighting in public areas directly contributes to how comfortable older adults feel in public spaces, as we found in our Women’s Safety Walk in Bridgeland.


3. Our aging population needs more affordable services, living areas and gathering places

In our conversations with seniors in Bridgeland, we found that the need for affordable services and gathering places is a common concern for aging adults in this community. For example, elderly residents are often concerned with the affordability of grocery located in the community. Inline with our findings, this study finds that as people age, they put a larger emphasis on access to affordable services and housing.


4. Our aging population needs better alternatives to driving

In this podcast Gil Peneloza, the founder of 8-80 City, talks about how many seniors are terrified of the day they lose their driver’s licenses, not because they love cars but because they love the mobility cars allow them. This study argues that we need to reorient our car-centric neighbourhoods to be more pedestrian and transit-focused as our population ages in order to improve mobility for those who no longer feel comfortable driving.


5. Our aging population needs living areas that are connected with surrounding communities

Aging in place is becoming a more common theme when addressing the needs of our aging population for a number of reasons. Firstly, according to this podcast, developing communities in which seniors can live and actively participate with other generations allows people, as they get older, to lead more productive and interesting lives. Secondly, according to this article, well connected communities with neighbours that actively care for one another can act as safety nets for elderly adults.  One key aspect of such neighbours is the presence of destinations that people can walk to, and in which they can socialize with a variety of community residents, such as affordable coffee shops – which seniors in Bridgeland say the community is lacking.



Bigonnesse, Catherine, Marie Beaulieu, and Suzanne Garon. “Meaning of Home in Later Life as a Concept to Understand Older Adults’ Housing Needs: Results from the 7 Age-Friendly Cities Pilot Project in Québec.” Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 2014, 357-82.

The Current. “How to Design Cities for an Aging Population.” CBC. February 13, 2015. Accessed February 21, 2015.

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