Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections

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Hi! Welcome to the project page for the Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections project. See below for a history of the project to date and to read about our latest round of public engagement (early August 2020). Round two of public engagement is targeted for October 2020 -- stay tuned for more information!


PROJECT BACKGROUND

Halifax’s Integrated Mobility Plan (2017) identifies the need to establish an all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling corridor connecting from the Dartmouth Common to the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway system as part of the Regional Centre AAA Bikeway Network. These IMP maps show Dahlia Street as the proposed cycling corridor. However, this functional planning study will investigate Dahlia Street alongside other alternative route options in the Dahlia Street – Tulip Street – Oak Street – Crichton Avenue area.

Integrated Mobility Plan Regional AAA Bikeway Network

In addition, the Municipality is interested in opportunities to improve pedestrian connectivity in the area including consideration of new sidewalks, intersection alignments, and crossing treatments to help improve the transition between the two park areas. Not only will this connection be part of the Great Trail, it will also promote walking and cycling as transport within Dartmouth and the greater HRM. A 'Complete Streets' lens will be used to incorporate street improvements for all users.

Dahlia and Oak Streets are scheduled for repaving in the near future and HRM would like to integrate the AT improvements with these recapitalization upgrades. Pending Council approval, construction of these new design treatments is targeted for 2021.


Primary route options for connecting Dartmouth Common to Shubenacadie Canal Greenway:

  • Option 1: Dahlia Street corridor
  • Option 2: Tulip-Oak Street corridor
  • Sullivan's Pond Park Connection: How and where to connect the proposed cycling route from Crichton Ave through to the greenway. Shared or separated paths?


What's being considered on these streets:

  • Improvements for people walking and wheeling
  • Improvements for people cycling
  • Potential measures to facilitate traffic calming
  • Potential measures to facilitate safe crossing at major intersections
  • Road safety and sightlines
  • Accessibility improvements


ONLINE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Due to the physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, HRM Staff are hosting the first round of public engagement entirely online. Some of the tools available are: information panels, a survey, and two live Q&A sessions hosted by the project team.

This first round of engagement is meant to kick off the project and begin talking to neighbours about design and routing options to connect between the Dartmouth Common and the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway. This feedback will help select a preferred route and feed into some conceptual design options for public engagement round two in the fall. We look forward to hearing your perspectives!


CLICK HERE for information panels about more key considerations of this project


LIVE QUESTION AND ANSWER (Q&A) SESSIONS

Two sessions were held where community members could join a live webinar with the project team to get more information about the project and ask their specific questions. This did not replace the online survey. Recordings of each live sessions are posted and available for playback below.

Q&A Web Session Dates:


The first round of public engagement for this project has concluded. Stay tuned for more information about round two of public engagement that is targeted for October 2020!

Hi! Welcome to the project page for the Dahlia-Oak-Crichton Active Transportation Connections project. See below for a history of the project to date and to read about our latest round of public engagement (early August 2020). Round two of public engagement is targeted for October 2020 -- stay tuned for more information!


PROJECT BACKGROUND

Halifax’s Integrated Mobility Plan (2017) identifies the need to establish an all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling corridor connecting from the Dartmouth Common to the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway system as part of the Regional Centre AAA Bikeway Network. These IMP maps show Dahlia Street as the proposed cycling corridor. However, this functional planning study will investigate Dahlia Street alongside other alternative route options in the Dahlia Street – Tulip Street – Oak Street – Crichton Avenue area.

Integrated Mobility Plan Regional AAA Bikeway Network

In addition, the Municipality is interested in opportunities to improve pedestrian connectivity in the area including consideration of new sidewalks, intersection alignments, and crossing treatments to help improve the transition between the two park areas. Not only will this connection be part of the Great Trail, it will also promote walking and cycling as transport within Dartmouth and the greater HRM. A 'Complete Streets' lens will be used to incorporate street improvements for all users.

Dahlia and Oak Streets are scheduled for repaving in the near future and HRM would like to integrate the AT improvements with these recapitalization upgrades. Pending Council approval, construction of these new design treatments is targeted for 2021.


Primary route options for connecting Dartmouth Common to Shubenacadie Canal Greenway:

  • Option 1: Dahlia Street corridor
  • Option 2: Tulip-Oak Street corridor
  • Sullivan's Pond Park Connection: How and where to connect the proposed cycling route from Crichton Ave through to the greenway. Shared or separated paths?


What's being considered on these streets:

  • Improvements for people walking and wheeling
  • Improvements for people cycling
  • Potential measures to facilitate traffic calming
  • Potential measures to facilitate safe crossing at major intersections
  • Road safety and sightlines
  • Accessibility improvements


ONLINE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Due to the physical distancing requirements and gathering limits associated with COVID-19, HRM Staff are hosting the first round of public engagement entirely online. Some of the tools available are: information panels, a survey, and two live Q&A sessions hosted by the project team.

This first round of engagement is meant to kick off the project and begin talking to neighbours about design and routing options to connect between the Dartmouth Common and the Shubenacadie Canal Greenway. This feedback will help select a preferred route and feed into some conceptual design options for public engagement round two in the fall. We look forward to hearing your perspectives!


CLICK HERE for information panels about more key considerations of this project


LIVE QUESTION AND ANSWER (Q&A) SESSIONS

Two sessions were held where community members could join a live webinar with the project team to get more information about the project and ask their specific questions. This did not replace the online survey. Recordings of each live sessions are posted and available for playback below.

Q&A Web Session Dates:


The first round of public engagement for this project has concluded. Stay tuned for more information about round two of public engagement that is targeted for October 2020!

If you have a burning question about the project, ask it here!  Alternatively if you can't make it to the Live Q&A session you can submit your question to be addressed at length and watch back the recording to get your answer.  Responses will NOT be posted below, please refer to session recordings.

Pre-Submit Your Questions for Live Q&A Session

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