Midtown 'AAA' Bikeway Connections

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Midtown bikeway routes for investigation (yellow lines)

Yellow lines --> Midtown Bikeway routes for investigation. Blue lines --> Connections to other planned AAA bicycle routes


HRM is working to build more safe, comfortable and convenient cycling connections for people of all ages and abilities. The Midtown All-Ages-and-Abilities (AAA) Bikeway Connections project will bridge the gap between existing and future AAA bikeways and allow more people to get to where they are going by bicycle.

We want to hear from you about how we can make these streets great cycling routes for everyone. Phase One of public engagement was hosted in Spring 2019 and Phase Two is planned for Summer 2021. We look forward to your feedback!



PROJECT UPDATE MAY 2021

HRM staff have resumed functional planning for the Midtown AAA Bikeway connections project and are working to develop concept designs for each route. A second round of public engagement, likely virtual, will be held to review these design options in the coming months. Stay tuned!


PROJECT UPDATE DECEMBER 2019

The 'What We Heard' report from round one of public engagement is now available for viewing using the link below:

CLICK HERE to read the phase one 'What We Heard' report

Functional planning for this project has been momentarily paused due to some prioritization changes but will be resumed at the next available opportunity.


PROJECT UPDATE MAY 2019

The online survey is now closed. Fourty-seven survey responses were received, as well as 173 responses to the 'Quick Poll'.

The project team is working to compile the results into a 'What We Heard' report that will be posted on this webpage. This feedback will be used to shape a set of concept designs for these bikeway connections through the heart of peninsular Halifax.

A second round of engagement will be held in the future with an opportunity to review and provide feedback on these concept designs. Stay tuned for more details!


PROJECT UPDATE APRIL 2019

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to our 2-hr workshop session last week! We hosted approx. 50 people who engaged in small group discussion around high-level bikeway design, preferred routing, and the relative value of various 'Complete Streets' elements. We have done our best to reflect these same conversations in online survey format. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to fill it out (**closed as of May 1).


PAST ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

-- March 13 Pop-Up Tent at Citadel High School Cafeteria (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm)

-- March 14 Pop-Up Tent at St Pat's Connector (3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

-- March 20 Pop-Up Tent at Emera Oval (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

-- April 11 Workshop at Citadel High School Atrium (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)


WHAT DO WE MEAN BY 'ALL-AGES-AND-ABILITIES'?

By planning our new bicycle facilities for all-ages-and-abilities, we strive for them to be inclusive to anyone who wants to try bicycling. The routes are designed for ages 2 to 102, for new and seasoned riders alike. Comfort is a large factor in determining whether a facility is 'AAA'. Our goal is to build safe, convenient, high-comfort bicycle routes that everyone can use!

Check out the image below to see who we are planning for:



Yellow lines --> Midtown Bikeway routes for investigation. Blue lines --> Connections to other planned AAA bicycle routes


HRM is working to build more safe, comfortable and convenient cycling connections for people of all ages and abilities. The Midtown All-Ages-and-Abilities (AAA) Bikeway Connections project will bridge the gap between existing and future AAA bikeways and allow more people to get to where they are going by bicycle.

We want to hear from you about how we can make these streets great cycling routes for everyone. Phase One of public engagement was hosted in Spring 2019 and Phase Two is planned for Summer 2021. We look forward to your feedback!



PROJECT UPDATE MAY 2021

HRM staff have resumed functional planning for the Midtown AAA Bikeway connections project and are working to develop concept designs for each route. A second round of public engagement, likely virtual, will be held to review these design options in the coming months. Stay tuned!


PROJECT UPDATE DECEMBER 2019

The 'What We Heard' report from round one of public engagement is now available for viewing using the link below:

CLICK HERE to read the phase one 'What We Heard' report

Functional planning for this project has been momentarily paused due to some prioritization changes but will be resumed at the next available opportunity.


PROJECT UPDATE MAY 2019

The online survey is now closed. Fourty-seven survey responses were received, as well as 173 responses to the 'Quick Poll'.

The project team is working to compile the results into a 'What We Heard' report that will be posted on this webpage. This feedback will be used to shape a set of concept designs for these bikeway connections through the heart of peninsular Halifax.

A second round of engagement will be held in the future with an opportunity to review and provide feedback on these concept designs. Stay tuned for more details!


PROJECT UPDATE APRIL 2019

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to our 2-hr workshop session last week! We hosted approx. 50 people who engaged in small group discussion around high-level bikeway design, preferred routing, and the relative value of various 'Complete Streets' elements. We have done our best to reflect these same conversations in online survey format. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to fill it out (**closed as of May 1).


PAST ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

-- March 13 Pop-Up Tent at Citadel High School Cafeteria (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 pm)

-- March 14 Pop-Up Tent at St Pat's Connector (3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

-- March 20 Pop-Up Tent at Emera Oval (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

-- April 11 Workshop at Citadel High School Atrium (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)


WHAT DO WE MEAN BY 'ALL-AGES-AND-ABILITIES'?

By planning our new bicycle facilities for all-ages-and-abilities, we strive for them to be inclusive to anyone who wants to try bicycling. The routes are designed for ages 2 to 102, for new and seasoned riders alike. Comfort is a large factor in determining whether a facility is 'AAA'. Our goal is to build safe, convenient, high-comfort bicycle routes that everyone can use!

Check out the image below to see who we are planning for:



Tell your story

Tell us about your experiences with cycling along these 'Midtown' bikeway routes (e.g. Bell Rd, Halifax Common pathways, Welsford St, Quinpool Rd, Quingate Pl).  Is there a particular story that you'd like to share that stands out in your memory?  Responses may be published below.

We appreciate you sharing your story with us!  We are building a library of user experiences to help us determine the ideal design for this cycling connection.  We expect to see a range of experiences that can teach us about the needs of all sorts of road users.  Your story may be shared below -- check back later to see!

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    Morning commute on Quinpool to Bell Road

    by wdc, over 2 years ago

    Something.

    I regularly commute on Quinpool Road travelling east around 7:30 - 7:45 most weekday mornings. I find it comfortable to take the middle lane on the west side of the Willow Tree and rest in the hatched triangle until the light changes. All good crossing and heading southeast on Bell Road. Painted lane is usually respected by people driving.

    Recommend some markings or paint which would track my route into the Willow Tree.

    In the afternoon, I avoid this route like the plague. When I have done it, the portion on Bell Road from the end of the painted... Continue reading

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    Daily Commute

    by On Clifton, over 2 years ago

    These routes are part of my daily bike commute, which I often do with my 3 year old daughter carried on the bike. 

    Although not a "story" I would like to mention that the multi-use pathway section from Cogswell to Bell Rd has heavy pedestrian and cycling traffic in the summer. I frequently ride on the grass to avoid  pedestrians here. Elsewhere on the common, the paths are less congested but I expect this is because so many pedestrians walk straight through the ball diamonds and across the grass, avoiding the paved pathways entirely. 

    Along with improving security for cyclists... Continue reading

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