City adds hundreds of on-street parking spots downtown

Post Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013

From 2011 to 2012, the City of Calgary Roads Traffic Engineering and the Calgary Parking Authority have added 437 on-street parking spaces to the downtown core and surrounding areas including Kensington, the Beltline and 17 Ave. The number of spaces added in the last two years is the equivalent to building another Convention Centre Parkade.

“Visitors and citizens need convenient, short-stay parking to access the downtown and surrounding areas,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Increasing the number of on-street spaces in these areas helps support our business community and contributes to a vibrant downtown.”

Stalls AddedStalls RemovedNet Stalls
17 Ave30030
4 ST909
Research Park12012
Centre ST North             000
Victoria Crossing000
*58 of these stalls were partially removed as a result of the 10 Ave SW bike lane which restricts parking during rush hour only (Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm).

“Transportation has added angled and off-peak parking to maximize the number of on-street parking spaces,” said Mac Logan, the City’s General Manager of Transportation. “Available parking is an important component of our transportation infrastructure.”

Calgary has a total of 6,396 on-street ParkPlus System™ spaces, with 4,284 in the downtown core and Beltline area alone. Adjustments to on-street parking stalls were mainly caused by long-term construction activities and curb adjustments to the road following construction.

“In partnership with Traffic Engineering, we have been able to add 437 stalls in response to customer requests for more on-street parking,” said Troy McLeod, GM of the Calgary Parking Authority. “Our online parking occupancy feature allows customers to locate on-street parking before leaving the house.” 

The City’s Traffic Engineering establishes how on-street space is used and works with the Calgary Parking Authority to make the best use of street space.

- cross-posted from Calgary City News Blog