Elbow River Traverse
A river is a beautiful thing, so it’s hardly surprising that Calgary’s first neighbourhood – East Village – took root at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Of course, when it comes to moving people in and out of Calgary’s core, rivers pose significant obstacles. And that’s why a bridge is also a beautiful thing.
Conceived to fulfil a key objective of the East Village Area Redevelopment Plan and East Village Master Plan – namely, to integrate East Village with adjacent communities, facilities and amenities – the Elbow River Traverse is a simple, elegant pedestrian bridge that spans the Elbow River.
For upwards of 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists each day, it provides safe passage between RiverWalk, Fort Calgary, East Village and the downtown core on one side of the river and, on the other side, the neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Ramsay as well as Calgary’s extensive network of pedestrian and cycling pathways (including the newly installed 9th Avenue bike lane).
Part of the master plan for RiverWalk, the traverse reflects extensive public engagement that revealed inadequate connectivity to Inglewood and Ramsay and safety challenges facing pedestrians and cyclists using the high-volume Inglewood Bridge, which sees more than 25,000 vehicles a day.
Construction and area landscaping began in spring 2013, and CMLC cut the ribbon for the new Elbow River Traverse on August 12, 2014.
In summer of 2015, CMLC will engage the public – particularly residents of Inglewood, Victoria Park and Ramsey – to select a new name for the Elbow River Traverse (within the City’s guidelines for naming pubic infrastructure).
Completed: August 2014