I Light HFX

Category : Events · by Oct 7th, 2016
I Light HFX

Register Now Bright lights, big city: light your bike up and help us raise awareness for the need for bright…

Bicycle Counter & Street Sense Network

Category : Uncategorized · by Oct 17th, 2016

To View Today’s Bicycle Count got toStreet Sense Network Website

A bicycle counter is now tracking cyclists travelling Southbound on Agricola Street. This is the first open-data bicycle counter in the HRM and was purchased by the Halifax Cycling Coalition in order increase the availability of information on bicycle use. HCC’s bicycle counter is part of a partnership with Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory and the Municipality to improve the transparency and availability of data in Halifax.

Open data website for bicycle counts

Street Sense Network online platform publicly displays bicycle data

The bicycle-counter tracks the number of bicycles traveling Southbound on Agricola Street. The website launched today displays information of bicycle use from when the counter was installed on October 3rd, 2016.

ECO-Counter tracking the number bicycles travelling Southbound on Agricola St

Every time a bicycle passes over the rubber tubes, the sensor detects pressure change and transmits the information to the counter portal.  The tube counter can differentiate between cyclists and other road users with a 95% accuracy, which is comparable to motor vehicle counters.

A bicycle counter provides quantifiable data to justify improvements for active transportation corridors and establish baseline data for the number of cyclists. The data provides traffic analysts, planners, city officials and the public with quantifiable data for bicycles to inform the design of our streets. Bicycle-counters have been installed in cities across Canada including Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Ottawa, and produce data that guide their bicycle transportation strategy.The HCC bicycle counter will remain on Agricola Street until November 15th or until the first snowfall. We look forward to this pilot project resulting in a semi-permanent counters being installed to track bicycles year-round.

We are excited to see the results of this project and look forward to working with our partners and grow the Street Sense Network in the HRM.

Bicycle-Friendly Council Candidates

Category : News · by Oct 6th, 2016
Bicycle-Friendly Council Candidates

The Halifax Cycling Coalition released a pledge this fall, asking all council candidates to support the moves required to improve…

Desire Lines, Celebrating Active Transportation in Halifax

Category : Uncategorized · by Sep 20th, 2016

The Halifax Cycling Coalition teamed up with Bicycle Nova Scotia, Walk N’ Roll and Dal Bike Centre to host the Desire Lines series and promote active transportation in Halifax.

As we settle back into the fall routine, participating in these events are a great way get into the habit of riding your bicycle. Combat the back-to-school blues and join us for the first edition of Desire Lines HFX! Events are open to all ages.

The events with the * indicate there will be an HCC outreach table to sign-up for or renew your Halifax Cycling Coalition membership.



screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-5-01-22-pmBike Scavenger Hunt
Sept 19

Join the Dal Bike Centre for an evening of bicycle trivia! Grab your bike and prepare to explore Halifax like never before. Teams will search for prizes hidden throughout the neighbourhood. The event will begin at the Dal Bike Centre and will take participants on a scavenger hunt throughout the Peninsula for prizes!

Celebration of University Avenue Bike Lane
Sept 20
11:00pm- 1:30pm 

This is a celebration of the recent installation of the University Avenue protected bicycle lane. There will be cake, prizes and refreshments in front of the Student Union Building. This is a special celebration, as we have waited two years since it had been approved, overcoming court cases and other delays before it was finally installed this fall. This is the second protected bicycle lane of our goal of 100km needed in Halifax to connect key destinations safely by bicycle.

*ESS Lecture on Cycling
Sept 22

College of Sustainability Lecture at McCain Arts Building, Dalhousie. (Address)

Cycling Cowboys is part of the Change Lecture series hosted by the Office of Sustainability. The key speaker is Ryan Vanderputen, who has over 15 years of experience as an engineer, community planner and traffic engineer for the city of Calgary. His lecture will discuss Calgary’s shift in cycling from being hair-raising to family friendly.

*Cycling Collision Card Launch
Sept 23rd

The Cycling Collision Card is a pocket-sized checklist created by Desire Lines’ collaborators outlining what to do in the event of a cycling collision. Join the Halifax Cycling Coalition, Bicycle Nova Scotia and Dal Bike Centre for a press conference from  8am -10am atCyclesmith (2553 Agricola Street, Halifax) where we will be announcing the release of the cycling collision card. Free copies of the card will be available at the event, and coffee curtesy of Java Blend Coffee.

Bike Trivia
Sept 23rd
The Dal Bike Centre & Desire Lines presents BIKE Trivia.
Trivia loving cyclist join us at the Dalhousie University Club and put your cycling knowledge to the test! There are lots of great prizes to be given away.

Sept 24th  ***** HALIFAX RIDE RESCHEDULED TO OCT 1ST *********

The HCC will be hosting a group bicycle ride in Halifax and Dartmouth to explain how we improve bicycle infrastructure in Halifax. The HCC board of directors will explain some key opportunities for cycling. The rides are not strenuous and appropriate for all experience levels. Families are welcome. The Dartmouth ride will begin at 12:00 at the Alderney terminal  and end at the Park Avenue Community Oven. Please remember to bring your own topping!

The Halifax ride will begin at 3:30pm at the Halifax Central Library and will end at 4:30pm at Agora on Agricola Street for some light refreshments after the ride.

*Bike-In Movie at Good Robot
Sept 26
HCC will be screening ET at Good Robot at 2736 Robie St. $1 from every beer purchased this night will go towards supporting HCC’s work to make Halifax a safer place to ride a bicycle. We are expecting a large turnout for this event so please show up early to ensure you get in. Remember to bring a blanket! There will be extra bike parking available to park bicycles overnight, as we know you will enjoy the beer.

*Rise and Grind
 Sept 27th
North End Public Library, Gottingen Street 

The HCC will be providing free coffee, breakfast, and prizes to commuters who cycle to work. Ideal Bikes will provide a tune-up station to get your bicycle ready for the road! The laid-back event gives you an opportunity to catch up with others who walk and bike in our community. Thank you to The Nook for supplying the coffee and snacks and to Ideal Bikes for the tune-up station.


Construction begins on University Avenue bicycle lane

Category : Uncategorized · by Aug 25th, 2016

The Halifax Cycling Coalition is thrilled to announce that University Avenue is receiving a bike lane!

Construction will begin on August 28, 2016 for this exciting pilot project that will see a protected bicycle lane extend along both sides of University Avenue from the Killam Library on LeMarchant Street to Robie Street. The pilot project is a combined initiative between Dalhousie, Halifax Regional Muncipality, and the province. University Avenue is the first project to be carried out from the  regional bikeways plan and only the second protected bicycle lane in Halifax. Thanks to the community’s continued and active support for this project, this project was able to be realized and allowed us to take one step further toward building bicycle lanes for people of all ages and abilities. We hope this will serve as an example of what is possible and set precedence for a faster process for installing protected bike routes in the future.

Image of proposed bike lane on South side of University Av.

Image of proposed bike lane on South side of University Av.

Why University Ave?
University Avenue is an ideal location for a protected bicycle lane where many students and employees in the district live within kilometers of the University and Hospital. University Aevenue bike lane is part of the Urban Halifax District Bikeways Plan founded by Dalhousie, IWK, SMU, Capital Health and Halifax Regional Municipality. The partnership recognized that shifting the number of people who ride a bike as a form of transportation is key to improving the sustainability, health, and affordability of the region. A series of community-based planning sessions resulted in immense support for the plan that outlined a network of bicycle lanes connecting commuter destinations.

Rainnie Drive, Halifax's first protected bicycle lane

Rainnie Drive, Halifax’s first protected bicycle lane

Why is a protected bicycle lane significant? 
A protected bicycle provides a physical barrier between the line of traffic so thet people who are interested in trying cycling but have concerns about safety feel comfortable riding a bicycle. The installation of a protected bike lane can increase bicycle use anywhere from 21 to 171%, with about 10% of new riders drawn from other modes  (1). With the proper infrastructure, cycling has the potential to serve as one of the main modes of transportation in the region.