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 »
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 »
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.
Light the peace bridge in red and green during the Christmas season.
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 »
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 »
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).
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.
Update the Plus 15 systems with consideration of universal design to to improve accessibility for all, to help overcome visible and not so visible barriers to accessing the network.
For people that are unable to visit areas and venues within Calgary in person, create virtual reality tours of those areas.
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.
Make the zoo free for those wearing cowboy gear during Stampede.
Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection - http://www.bemyeyes.org/ Over 385 thousand sighted people have signed up to provide assistance, yet only 30 thousand people are receiving help. We could help spread awareness of tools like these to assist more visually impaired people in being even more able, resourceful, and creative... more »
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 »
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!)