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Make a reliable and functional alternative transportation system

While Calgary has dedicated significant resources to automobile transportation, any other way to get around our great city is a dismal failure, especially during our long winters. I would like to see a transit system that is dependable, comfortable, and doesn't break down on a daily basis, especially for predictable events, such as weather. I would like to see bicycle lanes that are contiguous and connected, and don't end or crossover in heavy traffic or are buried under mounds of snow or salted for rust. I would like to be able to walk to places on broad, level sidewalks that aren't subservient to cars, and are clean and walkable all year around. We need to move people beyond the car.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

Calgarian lives will improve with safe, alternative transportation choices. Societally, getting people moving together safely and comfortably will facilitate real life interactions, and reduce our increasingly isolated digital lives. There will be less impacts on the environment from a consumable and output perspective. It will make Calgarians happy, and get them where they need to go. We could also reduce taxes by investing in high return human scaled infrastructure, instead of simply building and maintaining more roads.

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

Technology could provide better, more reliable transit vehicles. We could have a simple app that shows you where your bus or Ctrain is in real time. You could use a map to find gaps within bicycle routes. You could satellite images to determine poor sidewalks, and where snow is inappropriately stored. You could enhance 311 to report sidewalks and bike lanes with immediate feedback. You could heat sidewalks and bus shelters with energy recruited from alternative energy sources. Ultimately, you just need to put some resources into it.

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