Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Thanks to everyone who came out to the April 30, 2015 open house and who viewed and commented on the plan. Regional Council will soon decide whether or not to proceed with the project. The project has been put out to tender so that if the decision is made to proceed, the work can be done in the summer.

View comments from the April 30 2015 open house and responses from staff.

We also prepared a graphic describing the proposal which might be a little easier to read than the engineering drawings we posted earlier. Look under the ‘documents’ tab for “Hollis Bicycle Lane - Graphic”

Key points:

  • The 1.5m wide bicycle lane will be on the left (east) side of the street and will include a 0.6m painted buffer area between the bicycle lane and the vehicle lane.
  • Signs will restrict stopping in the bicycle lane during peak traffic hours (7-9 am & 4-6 pm).
  • Parking at existing meters on the right (west) side, north of Salter Street, will remain restricted from 7-9 am & 4-6 pm to allow for an additional vehicle travel lane during peak traffic hours.
  • No accessible parking spaces will be significantly affected (except peak hour restrictions above).
  • There will be a new stop sign southbound at Terminal Road, including new pedestrian ramps.
  • The project will be integrated with some pavement upgrades in the bicycle lane to improve the riding surface, as well as at several intersections to improve pavement quality for all road users.
  • Regional Council will be asked to approve the Bicycle Lane before it is installed. If approved, we are targeting summer 2015 for installation.
  • While the proposed changes to the street fall under the jurisdiction of the Traffic Authority, the 2014-19 Active Transportation Priorities Plan says there ‘should’ be council approval for on-road projects in the Regional Centre where trade-offs are needed to implement bicycle facilities.
Last summer, Halifax staff shared draft plans for the Hollis Street bicycle lane on this site and at an open house on June 26th 2014. Many people reviewed and commented on those plans and as a result of those comments a revised layout is being proposed. For a number of reasons, the bicycle lane is now proposed on the LEFT (east) side of the street (but it is still intended for southbound cycle travel). The new proposal can be seen under the documents tab on the right hand column.We also plan to add a small contraflow bike lane to the southern end of Upper Water Street, to improve access by bicycle to Hollis Street.

Based on concerns from abutting property owners, and observations that existing cycle traffic dropped sharply after 9 am, the proposed stopping restrictions in the bicycle lane have been scaled back from “no stopping anytime” to “no stopping 7-9 am and 4-6 pm”.

KEY DATES

Summer 2011: Installation of Lower Water Street Bicycle lane as part of street network changes in Downtown Halifax

June 26, 2014: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at AGNS

April 30, 2015: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at DHBC

June 23, 2015: Target Date for Report to Council about the Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Summer 2015: Target Date for Installation of Hollis Street Bicycle Lane


Thanks to everyone who came out to the April 30, 2015 open house and who viewed and commented on the plan. Regional Council will soon decide whether or not to proceed with the project. The project has been put out to tender so that if the decision is made to proceed, the work can be done in the summer.

View comments from the April 30 2015 open house and responses from staff.

We also prepared a graphic describing the proposal which might be a little easier to read than the engineering drawings we posted earlier. Look under the ‘documents’ tab for “Hollis Bicycle Lane - Graphic”

Key points:

  • The 1.5m wide bicycle lane will be on the left (east) side of the street and will include a 0.6m painted buffer area between the bicycle lane and the vehicle lane.
  • Signs will restrict stopping in the bicycle lane during peak traffic hours (7-9 am & 4-6 pm).
  • Parking at existing meters on the right (west) side, north of Salter Street, will remain restricted from 7-9 am & 4-6 pm to allow for an additional vehicle travel lane during peak traffic hours.
  • No accessible parking spaces will be significantly affected (except peak hour restrictions above).
  • There will be a new stop sign southbound at Terminal Road, including new pedestrian ramps.
  • The project will be integrated with some pavement upgrades in the bicycle lane to improve the riding surface, as well as at several intersections to improve pavement quality for all road users.
  • Regional Council will be asked to approve the Bicycle Lane before it is installed. If approved, we are targeting summer 2015 for installation.
  • While the proposed changes to the street fall under the jurisdiction of the Traffic Authority, the 2014-19 Active Transportation Priorities Plan says there ‘should’ be council approval for on-road projects in the Regional Centre where trade-offs are needed to implement bicycle facilities.
Last summer, Halifax staff shared draft plans for the Hollis Street bicycle lane on this site and at an open house on June 26th 2014. Many people reviewed and commented on those plans and as a result of those comments a revised layout is being proposed. For a number of reasons, the bicycle lane is now proposed on the LEFT (east) side of the street (but it is still intended for southbound cycle travel). The new proposal can be seen under the documents tab on the right hand column.We also plan to add a small contraflow bike lane to the southern end of Upper Water Street, to improve access by bicycle to Hollis Street.

Based on concerns from abutting property owners, and observations that existing cycle traffic dropped sharply after 9 am, the proposed stopping restrictions in the bicycle lane have been scaled back from “no stopping anytime” to “no stopping 7-9 am and 4-6 pm”.

KEY DATES

Summer 2011: Installation of Lower Water Street Bicycle lane as part of street network changes in Downtown Halifax

June 26, 2014: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at AGNS

April 30, 2015: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at DHBC

June 23, 2015: Target Date for Report to Council about the Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Summer 2015: Target Date for Installation of Hollis Street Bicycle Lane


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  • Vehicle Parking in Bike Lanes

    by GSC, about 3 years ago

    2 weeks ago I phoned 311 to file a complaint about vehicles parking in the bike lane along Purcells Cove Rd, which so happened to be Bike Week and Greek Fest.

    Earlier in the week, I had been riding to Dartmouth and phoned 311 to complain that there were vehicles parked along prince Albert Rd. 

    I had an email reply from 311 saying that there was NO response, because the parking enforcement officer(s) were busy to respond to the Purcells Cove Rd complaint and the officer should up 3 hours later to Prince Albert Rd and there were no cars there !

    So my question is - why even paint lines designated as bike lanes, if vehicles park in them and parking enforcement don't even bother showing up !!! I sent an email off to the mayor, councillor McCluskey and Watts. Councillor Watts was the only one to reply ! The email was sent in regards to the Mayor saying he wouldn't mind seeing fewer tickets handed out during special events and Councillor McCluskey stated that as long as it wasn't a safety issue, whay ticket the vehicles !

    To me this is a problem ! 

     

    2 weeks ago I phoned 311 to file a complaint about vehicles parking in the bike lane along Purcells Cove Rd, which so happened to be Bike Week and Greek Fest.

    Earlier in the week, I had been riding to Dartmouth and phoned 311 to complain that there were vehicles parked along prince Albert Rd. 

    I had an email reply from 311 saying that there was NO response, because the parking enforcement officer(s) were busy to respond to the Purcells Cove Rd complaint and the officer should up 3 hours later to Prince Albert Rd and there were no cars there !

    So my question is - why even paint lines designated as bike lanes, if vehicles park in them and parking enforcement don't even bother showing up !!! I sent an email off to the mayor, councillor McCluskey and Watts. Councillor Watts was the only one to reply ! The email was sent in regards to the Mayor saying he wouldn't mind seeing fewer tickets handed out during special events and Councillor McCluskey stated that as long as it wasn't a safety issue, whay ticket the vehicles !

    To me this is a problem ! 

     

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  • Ok. So, good idea. Reduce Hollis St to one lane from the 1-1/2 it generally is now (two is overly generous). Solve the parking issue by removing all the street parking spaces and turning MetroPark (a HRM owned property) into free parking from paid.  It's severely underutilized now, so fill it up and there will be no worries about drivers parking over the bike lanes.  

    Ok. So, good idea. Reduce Hollis St to one lane from the 1-1/2 it generally is now (two is overly generous). Solve the parking issue by removing all the street parking spaces and turning MetroPark (a HRM owned property) into free parking from paid.  It's severely underutilized now, so fill it up and there will be no worries about drivers parking over the bike lanes.  

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