Bicycle-Friendly Council Candidates

The Halifax Cycling Coalition released a pledge this fall, asking all council candidates to support the moves required to improve the safety and experience of people who ride a bicycle in Halifax.  The pledge highlights concrete action items that can be implemented within the next four-year term. Please note however that the Halifax Cycling Coalition’s mandate is not limited to the items on the pledge, and we will continue to work steadily all of our projects related to improving the current state of bicycling infrastructure and policy in Halifax.

The pledge was sent to all candidates who are running for council for the October 15 election. We know many residents are concerned about improving cycling in Halifax – but does your councillor support the same vision? The pledge is a way to distinguish which councillors are committed to building a bicycle-friendly Halifax.

In total we have 45 councillor candidates who have signed the pledge to take action in order to make Halifax a bicycle friendly city by 2020. This is a huge step forward in making progress towards becoming protected and connected facilities to ride your bicycle safely.

Not sure who you can vote for? Find your district and councillor candidates at for more information.


DISTRICT 1 Colin Castle
DISTRICT 1 Cathy Deagle-Gammon
DISTRICT 1 Trevor Lawson
DISTRICT 1 Alison McNair
DISTRICT 1 Steve Sinnott
DISTRICT 1 Steve Streatch
DISTRICT 2 Shelley Fashan
DISTRICT 2 David Hendsbee
DISTRICT 2 Sydnee L. McKay
DISTRICT 2 Gail McQuarrie
DISTRICT 3 Bill Karsten
DISTRICT 4 Lorelei Nicoll
DISTRICT 5 Sam Austin
DISTRICT 5 Adam Bowes
DISTRICT 5 Gabriel Enxuga
DISTRICT 5 Ned Milburn
DISTRICT 5 Tim Rissesco
DISTRICT 5 Derek Vallis
DISTRICT 5 Kate Watson
DISTRICT 5 Warren Wesson
DISTRICT 6 Carlos Beals
DISTRICT 6 Tony Mancini
DISTRICT 7 Dominick Desjardins
DISTRICT 7 Waye Mason
DISTRICT 7 Sue Uteck
DISTRICT 8 Irvine Carvery
DISTRICT 8 Anthony Kawalski
DISTRICT 8 Patrick Murphy
DISTRICT 8 Chris Poole
DISTRICT 8 Lindell Smith
DISTRICT 8 Brenden Sommerhalder
DISTRICT 9 Shawn Cleary
DISTRICT 9 Linda Mosher
DISTRICT 9 Kyle Woodbury
DISTRICT 10 Andrew Curran
DISTRICT 10 Mohammad Ehsan
DISTRICT 10 Russell Walker
DISTRICT 11 Steve Adams
DISTRICT 11 Dawn E. Penny
DISTRICT 12 John Bignell
DISTRICT 12 Scott Guthrie
DISTRICT 12 Bruce Holland
DISTRICT 12 Bruce Smith
DISTRICT 12 Iona Stoddard
DISTRICT 12 Richard Zurawski
DISTRICT 13 Pamela Lovelace
DISTRICT 13 Harry Ward
DISTRICT 13 Matt Whitman
DISTRICT 14 Lisa Blackburn
DISTRICT 14 Kevin Copley
DISTRICT 15 Steve Craig
DISTRICT 16 Tim Outhit



1. Support funding a minimum grid of bicycle lanes outlined in the On Track 2020 proposal to pilot a network of protected bicycle routes to connect Halifax’s Regional Centre. This move is simple and achievable in four years with a supportive council. In order to improve the state of bicycling in Halifax, evidence points to having routes be protected and connected. Candidates who signed the pledge were reminded that protected bicycle lanes must already be prioritized where there are candidate bicycle routes, as stated in Article #17 of the Active Transpiration Priorities Plan 2014-2019 adopted by Council. Creating connections within the Regional Centre is the what is needed to make cycling easier, safer and more comfortable for people any experience level.

2. Commit to completing the MacDonald Bridge approaches on the Halifax peninsula & Dartmouth in a way that is attractive to potential cyclists of all ages and abilities. The spending requirements for the MacDonald Bridge flyover ramp are separate from the yearly spending commitments for bicycles.

3. Halifax has beautiful trails at the doorstep of our city, but without safe routes to connect us to the trailheads they are difficult to access. Regional trail connections are essential for residents in the community to access trails for transportation and recreational use without needing a vehicle . The Halifax Cycling Coalition identified seven trails for which council can prioritize for completion in the next four years:

  • Downtown Dartmouth to Shearwater Flyer Trail
  • Downtown Dartmouth to Burnside
  • Shubie Canal Greenway to Alderney Landing
  • Chain of Lakes Trail to the Halifax Peninsula
  • Chain of Lakes Trail to Spryfield
  • Spryfield to the Peninsula via the Armdale Rotary
  • Sackville Greenway to Burnside

We invited all Council Candidates to support these moves to become a bicycle friendly candidate.  We will continue to accept support from candidates. If you would like to be added to the list as a candidate, please let us know by emailing

2 comments on “Bicycle-Friendly Council Candidates

  1. Weldon Young says:

    I see the Chain of Lakes Trail is prominently listed as a main connecter here. This also appears to be the case for current city council. Has anyone at the HCC ever contacted the COLTA (the Association) responsible for that trail? Having attended their last A.G.M. it would appear people on bicycles are causing considerable problems. This could be because all roads (and their bicycle lanes) in the area have significant problems. Cause cyclist of all abilities and skills to be diverted to using that trail (the BLT Rail to Trail beyond has similar problems). This year I have suggested two different means the COLTA could try to reduce the speed of cyclist and increase mindfulness of other trail users. It would appear neither the city or province (these will be part of the Blue Route) have much to offer these organizations. Is this the future we seek?

  2. Gail McQuarrie says:

    Would like to sign your petition in support of I proved active transportation routes in the HRM but it seems not be available.
    I am late in doing so, simply because I have been concentrating on being out knocking on doors and being as visible as possible. When I get home I am returning calls and yes answering surveys, when they are short. Time is a commodity, I hope you can appreciate.
    I am total favor of improving active transportation and the promotion of it within the HRM because not only does it make sense but because it would makes streets and roadways safer for all concerned.
    I will have more to comment on this very important issue if elected.

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