September 7 – Saskatchewan Drive Network Analysis: A Multi-modal Policy-based Approach

Date: September 7
Luncheon: 12:00 – 1 PM (MDT)
Location: ​University Club of the University of Alberta, Winspear Room
               11435 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G9
Cost: $35 ITE member / $40 Non-ITE member / $20 Student

About the Presentation

A concept plan was completed for the Saskatchewan Drive (99 Street to 109 street) rehabilitation project in 2018 that included the addition of a shared use path and widening of the existing shared use path. The project did not proceed to preliminary design due to significant costs and stakeholder concerns. During the Covid 19 Pandemic, the City implemented “mobility lanes” along Saskatchewan Drive (between 109 to 104 street) to provide additional space for active transportation users and received positive feedback from the public. The combined implications of shared use path widening costs and public feedback from lane closures prompted a review of the concept plan.

The Saskatchewan Drive Network Analysis project included a multi-modal evaluation to understand the impacts of lane reduction on Saskatchewan Drive for the implementation of a dedicated cycling facility. The primary goal of this study was to inform the next steps for the Saskatchewan Drive corridor and provide the City with information about whether an updated concept plan should be prepared to enhance the cycling and pedestrian facilities between 109 Street and 104 Street. A secondary goal of the project was to test out the policies related to City Plan as they applied to the evaluation. We will provide an overview of the evaluation criteria that were developed for this project, the process of evaluation, study outcomes and recommendations for future work.

About the Presenters:

Pablo Orozco is a passionate transportation professional and Edmontonian. He is currently the General Supervisor for Mobility within the Planning and Environment Services Branch at the City of Edmonton. His experience includes working as a transportation engineer for The City Plan project where he co-led a holistic analysis of Edmonton’s mobility system and land use patterns as well as the Mass Transit Study which identified the necessary mass transit network and policy for 2 million people. He has led the development of a Mobility Network Analysis and Mass Transit Planning work at the City of Edmonton both of which are implementation plans of the City Plan. He has also served as a Program Manager within the IIS department of the City of Edmonton. Pablo holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto and is P.Eng, PMP and ELITE certified.

Erin Toop moved from Edmonton to Jasper in 2018 and has missed NACITE luncheons and events ever since. At WSP she is a Senior Consultant in the Sustainable Transportation Advisory team, where she has been leading and collaborating on multi-modal transportation projects across Western Canada, with a focus on planning for public transit and active modes.

Anika Muhammad is a Transportation Planning Engineer with WSP with 11 years of experience in multi-modal planning, Complete Streets, strategic transportation planning and policy development. Anika is a system thinker that applies her diverse experience in the public and private sectors in the development of long-term solutions that meet client needs. Anika’s combined experience in long-term strategic planning and implementation enables her to develop feasible and practical solutions for communities. Anika works on diverse projects that include active transportation network plans, Complete Streets design manuals, transportation master plans, public transit feasibility studies and concept design. Anika is also the Vice President of the NACITE 2022 board.