North End-West End Bikeways

North End and West End ‘AAA’ Bikeway Connections

The municipality is planning for the implementation of two new 'all ages and abilities' (AAA) bikeway connections on the Halifax peninsula:

  • North-end bikeway between Africville Lookoff Park and Cogswell Street
  • West-end bikeway between Windsor Street and West End Mall/Mumford Transit Terminal

The term ‘AAA’ refers to bicycle facilities that are more comfortable, convenient and safe for people of ‘all ages and abilities’ (for example, for people who currently are uncomfortable bicycling on Halifax streets). ‘AAA’ bicycle facilities are crucial to attracting new riders to our cycling network.

For the most part, the connections are envisioned to be made by ‘local street bikeways’ where bikes and cars share the road on streets with low traffic volumes and speeds. Treatments to make the bikeways safer may include traffic calming, traffic diversion and treatments to facilitate the crossing of major streets. However, some parts of the proposed route may require protected bike lanes or multi-use pathways to make the connection. Some of the options being considered impact the amount of on-street parking and some of them do not.

The project will also apply a ‘complete streets’ approach to consider design features that benefit all road users, including people walking and taking transit.

The 'all ages and abilities' (AAA) North End-West End Bikeways project is aligned with recommendations from the Integrated Mobility Plan and the 2014-2019 Active Transportation Priorities Plan. Incorporation of ‘AAA’ bikeway facilities in the north end and west end of Halifax presents an opportunity to improve the core cycling network on the Halifax Peninsula for all users.

UPDATE Nov. 19, 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October 23 and October 25 public engagement sessions and online survey hosted from October 26 to November 16. The survey is now closed.

Municipal staff members and consultants are currently compiling the public feedback to be released shortly in the form of a ‘What We Heard’ report. This information will be used to further refine options for the final bikeway route and design treatments on the street. From these options, the team will select a preferred routing and design that best achieves an all-ages-and-abilities cycling experience while also reflecting community needs.

Recommendations will be submitted to Community Council and then to Regional Council for approval in Spring 2019. If approved, the projects will go to designed design. Construction would be completed alongside road resurfacing in phases between 2020 and 2022.

If you have any questions about this project or would like more information, please contact Siobhan Witherbee, Active Transportation Planner at withers@halifax.ca(External link).

North End and West End ‘AAA’ Bikeway Connections

The municipality is planning for the implementation of two new 'all ages and abilities' (AAA) bikeway connections on the Halifax peninsula:

  • North-end bikeway between Africville Lookoff Park and Cogswell Street
  • West-end bikeway between Windsor Street and West End Mall/Mumford Transit Terminal

The term ‘AAA’ refers to bicycle facilities that are more comfortable, convenient and safe for people of ‘all ages and abilities’ (for example, for people who currently are uncomfortable bicycling on Halifax streets). ‘AAA’ bicycle facilities are crucial to attracting new riders to our cycling network.

For the most part, the connections are envisioned to be made by ‘local street bikeways’ where bikes and cars share the road on streets with low traffic volumes and speeds. Treatments to make the bikeways safer may include traffic calming, traffic diversion and treatments to facilitate the crossing of major streets. However, some parts of the proposed route may require protected bike lanes or multi-use pathways to make the connection. Some of the options being considered impact the amount of on-street parking and some of them do not.

The project will also apply a ‘complete streets’ approach to consider design features that benefit all road users, including people walking and taking transit.

The 'all ages and abilities' (AAA) North End-West End Bikeways project is aligned with recommendations from the Integrated Mobility Plan and the 2014-2019 Active Transportation Priorities Plan. Incorporation of ‘AAA’ bikeway facilities in the north end and west end of Halifax presents an opportunity to improve the core cycling network on the Halifax Peninsula for all users.

UPDATE Nov. 19, 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October 23 and October 25 public engagement sessions and online survey hosted from October 26 to November 16. The survey is now closed.

Municipal staff members and consultants are currently compiling the public feedback to be released shortly in the form of a ‘What We Heard’ report. This information will be used to further refine options for the final bikeway route and design treatments on the street. From these options, the team will select a preferred routing and design that best achieves an all-ages-and-abilities cycling experience while also reflecting community needs.

Recommendations will be submitted to Community Council and then to Regional Council for approval in Spring 2019. If approved, the projects will go to designed design. Construction would be completed alongside road resurfacing in phases between 2020 and 2022.

If you have any questions about this project or would like more information, please contact Siobhan Witherbee, Active Transportation Planner at withers@halifax.ca(External link).