March 4 Luncheon: Stony Plain Active Transportation Strategy

March 4, 2020 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by Bunt & Associates:

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In January of 2020 Bunt & Associates, in partnership with Mobycon, prepared an Active Transportation Strategy for the Town of Stony Plain, Alberta.  The Active Transportation Strategy is intended to establish the vision and direction to facilitate the implementation of active transportation strategies for the community.

Through a review of Canadian and international active transportation infrastructure best practice and feedback from the Community using Thoughtexchange, an online engagement tool, 44 specific prioritized infrastructure projects were identified for consideration.  These specific initiatives were also supported through the identification of initiatives to promote and enable active transportation in the Community.  The presentation will highlight the key findings from the project, including existing barriers to active transportation within Stony Plain, how the use of Thoughtexchange contributed to the process, and the five catalyst projects that were identified to kick start the implementation of the strategy.

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About the Speaker

Jason Potter is an Associate from Bunt’s Victoria office and was the Project Manager and Lead Transportation Planner on the project.  Over the past 15 years, Jason has expanded his knowledge of pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle interface and multi-modal intersection design. Jason is a cycling optimist. Admittedly, he sometimes forgets to wear his helmet but he always yields to pedestrians and believes that someday all transportation modes will flow in harmony.

Rescheduled: Winter Bike Tour

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DUE TO A CONFLICT WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE TOUR TO MARCH 12.

Join NACITE for a Winter Bike “At Lunch” Day on March 12, 2020! Don’t have a winter ready bike? NACITE has rented 15 Fat Tire Bikes for us to use so you have the option to rent or bring your own. This winter cycling tour will depart from Edmonton Tower, take you on a 6.0 km journey through Downtown, and bring you right back to Edmonton Tower. Not sure or nervous about winter cycling? This tour is the perfect opportunity to try it out with fellow NACITE friends, no one will be left behind. Ian Hosler and Julie Cournoyer from the City of Edmonton will lead us through navigating Edmonton’s bicycle infrastructure in the winter! So let’s learn together and try out winter cycling!Event details:

  • Register before Tuesday March 10 at 5 pm.
  • Choose if you would like to rent a fat tire bike or bring your own when you register.
  • Cost: $20 if you are renting a bike, free if you bring your own bike.
  • Event Date: March 12, 2020 from 11:30 am to about 1:00 pm.
  • What to wear: Good question! Layers, layers, layers! Depending on the weather that day, you may want to consider snow pants and something warm to cover your face and neck (neck tube/balaclava). Some of us like wear ski goggles too! Warm mittens or gloves and warm socks. A helmet is mandatory for this tour.
  • Where to meet: We will meet Edmonton Tower lobby at 11:30 am and depart from the parkade together at 11:50 am.
  • The tour will take approximately 1 hour, getting us back to Edmonton Tower around 1:00 pm.

Please email contact@nacite.org or alefebvre@bunteng.com if you have any questions about the event!

 

Feb 5 Luncheon: Jasper Avenue New Vision – Facing Challenges with Creativity, Collaboration, and Flexibility

Feb 5, 2020 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by DIALOG / Al-Terra Joint Venture:

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Japer Avenue is Edmonton’s signature main street. The Jasper Avenue New Vision is a major catalyst project identified in the capital city Downtown Plan and calls for the avenue to feature a high quality pedestrian experience including, a narrowed roadway, wider sidewalks, tree planting, and refined streetscape elements.

Reconstructing Jasper Avenue and redefining its look and feel, while also rehabilitating and working around existing underground structures such as pedways, convention centres, and LRT stations, doesn’t come without challenges. The project team had to get creative, be collaborative, and flexible to handle all the “curve balls” that come with working in the downtown core of Alberta’s capital city.

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About the Speaker

Dwayne Andrews is an engineering technologist at Al-Terra Engineering Ltd., with over 10 years experience in roadway design, from concept to construction and everything in between. Working with both public and private sector clients, Dwayne has developed expertise in dealing with retrofit conditions on arterial roadways and neighbourhood rehabilitation. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling with his wife and two children, participating in sports, and volunteers in the community with the Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County.

Dec 4 Luncheon: Calgary’s Plus 15 Network Study

Dec 4, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by McElhanney:

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Calgary’s Plus 15 structure became operational in the early 1970’s and has expanded to include eighty-three structures covering over 18 km and is one of North America’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk systems. However, there was never a system-wide Plus 15 network plan to identify specific bridge locations or where tie-ins needed to occur. The existing Plus 15 network is meant to serve multiple objectives, including decreasing pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, providing a climate controlled pedestrian space, improving access to downtown amenities, and encouraging further development in the downtown.

The objective of the network study was to create a network plan that improves the current Plus 15 network and develop ways to expand and enhance the network. The plan included extensive stakeholder engagement and developed recommendations on missing links, hours of operation, boundary expansion, accessibility, placemaking opportunities and wayfinding.

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About the Speaker

Irini Akhnoukh is a Senior Transportation Engineer at McElhanney with fourteen years of experience in the public and private sectors managing and leading large complex transportation planning projects, scoping and reviewing transportation impact assessments, implementing Complete Streets, organizing and facilitating collaborative community and public engagement events.

She’s been heavily involved in ITE for 15 years in a multiple array of roles and is currently the chair of the CITE Technical Liaison Committee. In her free time, she loves travelling and has made it to 33 countries in 5 continents.

Transportation Practitioners Social Night

When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 21, 2019
Where: WerkStatt, 10015 103 Avenue #29
Cost: $15

Join us for our annual “Transportation Practitioners Social Night” with special guest City of Edmonton Councillor Andrew Knack  who will be giving a presentation on Transportation Projects in Edmonton. There will also be a wine tasting by Adega de Favaious – Famous Wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Nov 2019 Luncheon: A Tale of Two Cities

Nov 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by IBI Group:

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The Smart Cities Challenge was a federal pan-Canadian competition open to all municipalities. The Challenge empowered communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. This luncheon will recount the experiences and lessons learned from IBI’s participation in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, working with the teams from Edmonton and Vancouver/Surrey.

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About the Speaker
Matt Colwill, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., has over 15 years of experience in the fields of road user safety and traffic operations. Matt has conducted operational and safety reviews for a range of public and private sector clients, across North America and around the Globe. These projects have involved developing solutions to safety and operational challenges on freeways, rural highways, urban and suburban arterials, and local roadways, and they have addressed the needs of drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and specialty road users. More recently, Matt has been working to apply the knowledge and lessons learned from his work in transportation to help expand IBI Group’s service offerings in the Infrastructure, Buildings, and Intelligence sectors – Creating a Smarter Urban Future.

Oct 2019 Luncheon: The Value of LiDAR in Transportation Projects

Oct 2, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by Nektar 3D Consulting:

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In the age of big data and at a time of transition towards smart cities and smart mobility, the demand for adopting intelligent tools and strategies when managing and designing transportation infrastructure is unprecedented. One innovative technology that has gained popularity in this regard is mobile LiDAR. This presentation will demonstrate the value of mobile LiDAR technology in improving the efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness of a variety of transportation projects. Whether it is functional planning studies, 3R/4R projects, or neighborhood renewal initiatives, this presentation will highlight how LiDAR technology could support the workflow of such projects by facilitating virtual assessments of existing infrastructure.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Suliman Gargoum is the Chief Research Officer of Nektar 3D Consulting. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Transportation Engineering from the University of Alberta. Dr. Gargoum’s research focuses on the applications sensor technology in improving design and management strategies of transportation infrastructure. Over the past few years, he has published over 30 peer-reviewed research papers in top tier transportation journals and conference proceedings and has received multiple best paper and best presentation awards. This includes multiple accolades from the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), the US Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE).

 

May 2019 ||Universal Accessibility – Lunch & Learn + Walking Tour

Join the Northern Alberta Section on May 21 for a lunch & learn + walking tour focused on universal accessibility. At the lunch & learn, Linnie Tse, Barrier Free Administrator with the Government of Alberta, and Janice Gurlitz, a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta, will share their perspectives on universal accessibility.

Following the lunch & learn, Linnie and Janice will lead a walking tour to a few different sites in Downtown Edmonton to discuss universal accessibility in the build environment. Note that all sites are located within 500 metres of Commerce Place.

When:      Noon til 2pm on May 21
Where:    Commerce Place, Boardroom 1603
Cost:         No cost but registration is required, bring your own lunch

For the lunch & learn, you are welcome to bring your lunch and eat during the presentations. Note that there are no microwaves for use as part of this event.

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About the Speakers

Linnie Tse currently serves as the Barrier Free Administrator in the Community and Technical Services Branch of Municipal Affairs of the Government of Alberta and a Director at the World Disability Union. In addition, LInnie is also currently acting as the Accessibility Advisor for the Disability Advisory and Engagement Branch and serves on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Linnie earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelors Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Sociology with a minor in Communication Studies.

Janice Gurlitz is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Alberta (a CNIB organization). She has been teaching orientation and mobility skills to those with vision loss in Northern Alberta and NWT for over 17 years. Janice’s expertise of the built environment comes from a more practical side of seeing how it positively or negatively affects her clients on a daily basis. She is involved with various accessibility committees including the Barrier Free Committee at the Edmonton International Airport.  Janice consults with City of Edmonton regarding Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and other projects and concerns that affect blind and visually impaired travelers.

 

Mar 2019 Luncheon: Transit Priority Measures

March 6, 2019 NACITE Luncheon

This month’s luncheon is sponsored by:

ITE sponsor IBI

The City of Edmonton is currently completing a Bus Network Redesign based on the 2017 Transit Strategy. In addition to creating a new network, the Strategy also call for the implementation of Transit Priority Measures in congested areas to improve service reliability and operating speeds. The City retained IBI Group to study locations where Transit Priority Measures could be applied.

The study is now nearing completion, and this presentation will focus on how and why the locations were identified. The study considered recent ETS operational data to identify existing challenges, looked at the proposed bus network to assess how these issues could impact future operations, and looked into the near-term future to confirm locations with persistent operational challenges.

The technical evaluation resulted in an initial set of nearly thirty segments across the City. A set of evaluation criteria and implementation considerations was applied in a workshop setting with City staff, and from that process, a shortlist was identified. The current step (underway) is the development of the measures for the shortlist locations.

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About the Speaker

Blair Smith is a Senior Transportation Engineer and Planner with IBI Group. Since 1993, he has worked across Canada and in the western United States on corridor and master plan studies for nearly all modes, with additional involvement in technology deployment for transportation. He currently divides his time between Alberta and BC. Blair is the consulting team project manager for the Transit Priority Measures Study (2018-2019) and he is also leading the Edmonton Mass Transit Study as part of The City Plan.