The municipal election is coming up on October 17th, 2020. Phone and online voting began today (October 6th) and advanced polling days are October 10th and 13th. If you care about getting around HRM safely by bike, you should care about voting in the municipal election. Municipal councillors make decisions that affect everyone who travels in the municipality, by cycling or other forms of transportation. They set policies and plans, like the Active Transportation Priorities Plan, and the Integrated Mobility Plan. Councillors also vote on individual bike routes, such as the North End and West End Bikeways, which were approved at the last council meeting on September 29th, and issues like defunding the police, which impacts the safety of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) on city streets. The municipal government has a lot of influence on how we move around the city, so we wanted to know what the candidates were going to do to support safe cycling in HRM.
We have organized the answers by district. See below to learn what the candidates in your district are going to do to support mobility equity and prioritize high-quality cycling infrastructure. If a candidate’s answers are not included, it’s because they did not respond to our survey.
We encourage you to get out and vote in the municipal election. To learn more about how and where to vote, visit HRM’s website.
District 1 – Waverley – Fall River – Musquodoboit Valley
District 2 – Preston – Chezzetcook – Eastern Shore
District 3 – Dartmouth South – Eastern Passage
District 4 – Cole Harbour – Westphal
District 5 – Dartmouth Centre
District 6 – Harbourview – Burnside – Dartmouth East
District 7 – Halifax South Downtown
District 8 – Halifax Peninsula North
District 9 – Halifax West Armdale
District 10 – Halifax – Bedford Basin West
District 11 – Spryfield – Sambro Loop – Prospect Road
District 12 – Timberlea – Beechville – Clayton Park – Wedgewood
District 13 – Hammonds Plains – St. Margaret’s
District 14 – Middle/Upper Sackville – Beaver Bank – Lucasville
District 15 – Lower Sackville
District 16 – Bedford – Wentworth
Only one candidate running in this district – did not respond.