Active Transportation

2019 Winter Cycling Congress – Calgary

The City of Calgary is pleased to host the 7th Winter Cycling Congress 2019 in the new downtown Calgary Central Library on February 6 – 8, 2019. An event like this requires a collaborative effort with the Winter Cycling Federation, local community organizations, and sponsorships.

The Winter Cycling Congress (WCC) is an annual gathering of experts from around the world to discuss opportunities for cycling in cold climate cities. The focus of the congress is to share best practices for building and maintaining year-round cycling infrastructure, discuss education and encouragement strategies and to host meaningful and inspiring events for all ages.

Small Scale Interventions to Create a Better Winter City

When: Wednesday, February 6, 11:15AM – 12:30PM
Where: Fireside Chat – South west side of the Calgary Central Library
Presenter: Chad Carlstrom, Project Engineer, Urban Systems Fort St. John

Taking action to become a better winter city can be overwhelming, not knowing where to start, and perhaps unable to secure funding to undertake a comprehensive study and plan. Further, expectations for action often defaults to the municipality to implement change. Fortunately, there’s an alternative approach that can be taken. Join this fireside chat and explore how small-scale interventions implemented by residents, businesses, and municipalities can incrementally create a great winter city.

About Chad

Urban-Systems-Chad-CarlstromChad Carlstrom is a Professional Engineer with Urban Systems who was born and raised in northern BC. He strives to improve the places we live in and encourages applying creative thinking tools to arrive at implementable solutions. Chad is always searching for solutions across multiple disciplines to support a happier society. Chad embraces winter city design principles and seeks to implement strategies and thoughtful design to create livable communities in all seasons, for all ages.

The Development of Bicycle Facility Guidance for Winter Cities: Lessons from Western and Eastern Canada

When: Wednesday, February 6, 11:15AM – 12:30PM
Where: BMO Financial Group Community Room, Calgary Central Library
Marcia Eng, Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems Calgary
Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Lead and Partner, Urban Systems Vancouver

New and updated Bikeway Design Guides are currently under development in Alberta and Ontario, respectively. This joint presentation between WSP and Urban Systems will identify a number of common themes between each Province’s design guidance as well as areas where they differ and why. An accompanying interactive workshop will give participants to the opportunity to plan their own winter cycling network. As both design guides are in different stages of development, our joint presentation will highlight unique challenges that each jurisdiction is facing to help educate the audience on how winter cities can learn from each other to further their support for winter cycling.

About Marcia

Marcia Eng is a born and raised Calgarian and a senior transportation engineer with over 18 years of experience in planning, operations, modeling, design and construction. Through her broad spectrum of experience over the years, Marcia has developed a unique perspective of balancing what the varying needs are for all levels of a project and for all modes. She’s applied this to her work on the City of Calgary Complete Streets projects, the Alberta Bicycle Facility Design Guide development and more recently the City of Lethbridge Cycling Corridor Functional Planning Study. She also stays actively involved in the transportation professional industry through her role on the Board of Director for CTEP and as the CITE representative for the TAC Geometric Design Standing Committee. She also previously served on the executives for the ITE Southern Alberta Chapter and the ITE Toastmasters.

About Brian

Urban-Systems-Brian-PattersonBrian a senior transportation planner with nearly 15 years experience in active transportation planning and design. Brian is based in Vancouver and, while not well-known as a winter cycling city, he works in communities across Canada on a wide range of bicycle planning and design projects. Brian leads Urban Systems’ active transportation practice across Canada and has developed over 70 active transportation plans, designs and studies. Brian recently co-led the development of the Alberta Bicycle Facilities Design and teaches a course across Canada on bicycle facilities design in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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