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C-Train safety

Instead of having a yellow line at the platform; replace it with a yellow bar or gate.

 

The bar or gate cannot move until the incoming train hits a sensor both incoming and exiting the station.

 

This could also be improvised to work in a way that people exit through one gate and people board through one gate, strategically placed at each door.

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Paperless transit

Instead of having to go to the store to buy bus tickets and passes, I think Calgarians should have the option to download the bus pass or tickets to their smartphone.

 

The bus pass will have an expiration date and automatically expire when the date is reached. The tickets will also have a count down once one is clicked and shown.

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Transform Calgary into Canada's Most Compassionate City

Check out this video to experience what a compassionate Calgary could be:


Imagine what it would be like when Calgary is recognized as the most compassionate city in Canada. Neighbours are helping neighbours just because they want to. Elderly people’s sidewalks are shovelled. People stop to help someone with a broken-down vehicle. Homeless people are acknowledged. There might not even be any... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This initiative would transform the entire Calgary landscape. By becoming more compassionate we would see the impacts everywhere, from our citizens living more fulfilled lives, having more work satisfaction, to more inclusion and acceptance, to lowered poverty rates, to more trust and respect, to improved city services such as healthcare, emergency services, and governance.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Compassion is not a tangible "thing", however, its impacts are so far reaching. Because of this, measuring the impact of having a more compassionate city would need to be studied. The suggestion would be to focus on certain areas that could benefit greatly from an increased level of compassion and creating some metrics to measure improvements in those areas. In general, however, measurement can be done through surveys, through volunteering engagement numbers, through engagement on social media within the campaign, through to how much chit chat there is on the c-train in the morning! The university of calgary has also conducted some research on how to measure compassion within the nursing profession - this work can be explored and deployed for this initiative as well.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Being more compassionate will actually improve the effectiveness of technology when deployed in our city. Technology is key to deploying the campaign and engaging with citizens. Data from different sources, such as the city, healthcare, employers, general surveys, social media campaign data, can all be baselined prior to launching the campaign and success criteria defined.

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A Vibrant, Safe Intersection

Stamp and Stomp - an all-ways crossing

Let's turn the intersection into an all-ways crosswalk. Also called a 'pedestrian scramble' it enables people to cross the intersection in every direction at the same time.
What's more, for that brief moment the intersection becomes a plaza that can be 'occupied' until the light changes.
To accomplish this, the surfacing could be changed to allow safe passage across the tracks and this opportunity could be used to think... more »
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We have Lift Off! (a new patio / performance space)

Build a new public plaza or a generous 'boardwalk' in the airspace over the intersection.
It could have tons of uses, including a patio or performance space. It could also act to provide shade and sun where it is needed, shelter at the street level, and act as a lantern or light box - to mark the importance of the intersection, draw new people to the intersection and be part of a larger way-finding system for the downtown.... more »
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Beakerheady Installations

Let's use the intersection for Beakerhead installations where science, art, engineering, and entertainment collide, either during the event or year-round!

(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design Challenge, which used this topic as the focus for the event!)

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Better pedestrian crosswalks

Controlled pedestrian crosswalks should be standardized across the city. That is, the lamps should be placed either on the north or south side of the street, and east or west side of the avenues.

 

For example, if I walk down 15 Ave SW from 8 St to 14 St, I use two controlled crosswalks. But one is on the south side (8 St) and the other is on the north (14 St).

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Something Smells Rotten... In Calgary

Read in the Metro News the other day about Trains, or Transit in the Far East about a new innovation in their systems, pleasant scents dispensed into the individual ridership cars to increase rider satisfaction.

Due to the current state of affairs, lack of good personal hygiene( a danger to others) and the lack of a public health system as part of the healthcare system that used to exist in Canada for the benefit of... more »

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Jumbotron!

Everybody loves seeing and being seen on the big screen at the Saddledome. People are drawn to the lights and the energy of Times Square.
Let's implement a large-scale display visible from all points of the intersection, and rather than advertising, let's display interactive artworks, images of Calgary's history, tweets/texts and things happening on the intersection in the present day.
(This idea is submitted on behalf... more »
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Found by flowers

To encourage connections between people of different backgrounds. Gather people together. One person has flowers, they take the flowers to a stranger and ask them a question they've always wanted the answer to. The person answers the question and gets the flowers. And they repeat. (this idea is from my table at the civicinnovationyyc launch.

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In Support of bike lanes & the bicycle network of Calgary

Bike lanes and the bicycle network of Calgary has become an integral and innovative sector of city transportation. Cultivation of new ideas and investment in better ways of getting around town on a bike has been steadfast as changes in technology (e.g., folding bikes, 700C tires and fenders, E-bikes) and outdoor apparel continue to roll forward. We see from the bike count data obtained from counters at 25 locations (City... more »

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Replace feeder buses with self driving cars trending idea

Replace feeder buses with self driving cars to bring people to their nearest LRT station. Use path finding and realtime request monitoring to automate carpools to make self driving feeder vehicles more efficient. Leverage the high smart phone market penetration and low barrier to entry for mobile and web app development to create a multiplatform ride requesting application. Use built in GPS and location knowledge to... more »
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