Dartmouth North Active Transportation Planning Project

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The municipality is planning street upgrades and repairs in Dartmouth North. This planning project will help ensure these upgrades improve road safety and accessibility for all road users, and reflect what the community would like to see.

The goals of the Dartmouth North Active Transportation Planning Project are to:

  • Identify pathway and street improvements for walking and biking in Dartmouth North.
  • Design a bicycle route that connects the Burnside Greenway to Wyse Rd at Albro Lake Rd

The street improvements and design will be informed by public feedback to consider:

  • How to improve street accessibility for all ages and abilities.
  • Where pedestrians and cyclists feel unsafe around car traffic.
  • Where the streets could be narrowed to provide more green space and/or slow car traffic.
  • Which routes are most travelled by pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Key destinations in and near Dartmouth North that could have improved connections.
  • Other street changes that the community would like to see.

There are a few important factors for this project. Currently, the Burnside Greenway ends at John McNeil Elementary School Park. This planning project will look for a way to extend that route and connect with Wyse Road at Albro Lake Road. Connections to destinations like the schools, community centre, and transit stops should be protected and enhanced. Multiple road crossings, intersections and pathways will need improvements, phased and integrated with other roadwork.

Public Engagement

The first round of public engagement occurred between July 19 & August 13, 2021. This included:

  • Online and paper surveys on community destinations and barriers to cycling & walking
  • Opportunities to provide input at pop-up booths at various community locations
  • Interviews with local community leaders
  • Stakeholder consultation sessions

The second round of public engagement will take place throughout the fall, 2021. This will include:

  • Online and paper surveys on proposed cycling routes & street upgrades
  • Community walks to observe and discuss proposed routes & upgrades
  • Opportunities to provide input at pop-up booths at various community locations
  • Interviews with local community leaders
  • Stakeholder consultation sessions

Given current COVID-19 restrictions, in-person events such as pop-ups and community walks are tentative and we will keep this page updated as the project progresses.

Background

The Dartmouth North Active Transportation Planning Project is part of a municipal plan to connect communities, and make neighbourhoods more comfortable places to bike, walk or roll.

The Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) intends to improve the transportation links between residents and their communities, and active transportation (AT) options are an important component. The IMP focuses on creating connected, healthy, affordable and sustainable travel options, and provides direction to create infrastructure like sidewalks, pathways, transit options and road changes.

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation (AT) is about providing comfortable spaces for people to bike, walk or roll. Promoting AT involves both infrastructure (explained below) and programs. Good active transportation networks make it easier to travel around the city without a car, which can improve access within a community or to regional shops and services, as well as many other benefits.

What is AT Infrastructure?

Active transportation infrastructure usually refers to sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use pathways, trails and local street bikeways. AT is enhanced when it includes complete street elements such seating, signage, green space, or public art. The infrastructure on a street shapes how it’s used.

The municipality is planning street upgrades and repairs in Dartmouth North. This planning project will help ensure these upgrades improve road safety and accessibility for all road users, and reflect what the community would like to see.

The goals of the Dartmouth North Active Transportation Planning Project are to:

  • Identify pathway and street improvements for walking and biking in Dartmouth North.
  • Design a bicycle route that connects the Burnside Greenway to Wyse Rd at Albro Lake Rd

The street improvements and design will be informed by public feedback to consider:

  • How to improve street accessibility for all ages and abilities.
  • Where pedestrians and cyclists feel unsafe around car traffic.
  • Where the streets could be narrowed to provide more green space and/or slow car traffic.
  • Which routes are most travelled by pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Key destinations in and near Dartmouth North that could have improved connections.
  • Other street changes that the community would like to see.

There are a few important factors for this project. Currently, the Burnside Greenway ends at John McNeil Elementary School Park. This planning project will look for a way to extend that route and connect with Wyse Road at Albro Lake Road. Connections to destinations like the schools, community centre, and transit stops should be protected and enhanced. Multiple road crossings, intersections and pathways will need improvements, phased and integrated with other roadwork.

Public Engagement

The first round of public engagement occurred between July 19 & August 13, 2021. This included:

  • Online and paper surveys on community destinations and barriers to cycling & walking
  • Opportunities to provide input at pop-up booths at various community locations
  • Interviews with local community leaders
  • Stakeholder consultation sessions

The second round of public engagement will take place throughout the fall, 2021. This will include:

  • Online and paper surveys on proposed cycling routes & street upgrades
  • Community walks to observe and discuss proposed routes & upgrades
  • Opportunities to provide input at pop-up booths at various community locations
  • Interviews with local community leaders
  • Stakeholder consultation sessions

Given current COVID-19 restrictions, in-person events such as pop-ups and community walks are tentative and we will keep this page updated as the project progresses.

Background

The Dartmouth North Active Transportation Planning Project is part of a municipal plan to connect communities, and make neighbourhoods more comfortable places to bike, walk or roll.

The Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) intends to improve the transportation links between residents and their communities, and active transportation (AT) options are an important component. The IMP focuses on creating connected, healthy, affordable and sustainable travel options, and provides direction to create infrastructure like sidewalks, pathways, transit options and road changes.

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation (AT) is about providing comfortable spaces for people to bike, walk or roll. Promoting AT involves both infrastructure (explained below) and programs. Good active transportation networks make it easier to travel around the city without a car, which can improve access within a community or to regional shops and services, as well as many other benefits.

What is AT Infrastructure?

Active transportation infrastructure usually refers to sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use pathways, trails and local street bikeways. AT is enhanced when it includes complete street elements such seating, signage, green space, or public art. The infrastructure on a street shapes how it’s used.