What’s happening with Halifax’s ongoing bicycle lane projects? We know that some are underway, others are on hold, and others are stuck in limbo. To keep things straight we’ve created this page to monitor the status of all of the projects the city has promised. Check back for updates any time we have them. If you would like to help make these projects a reality please sign up to become a volunteer today.
Summary of ongoing bicycle lane projects
The table below summarizes bicycle lane projects in Halifax. Click the project name to see more details.
Project name Summary Lane type Budget Approval Date Completion Date Status Action
Hollis Street A left-side bicycle lane running from Cogswell Street to Terminal Road, 1.0km One-way buffered bicycle lane $230,000 November 2010 September 18, 2015 Completed None
Rainnie Drive A two-way parking-protected bicycle lane on Rainnie from North Park Street to Gottingen Street, 300m. Two-way parking protected bicycle lane $98,850 September 2015 October 2015 Tender awarded None
Macdonald Bridge approaches Fixes to the Macdonald Bridge approaches to make them accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Not applicable TBD September 22, 2015 December 2016 Awaiting approval Contact your councillor
University Avenue A one-way protected bicycle lane on either side of University Avenue from Robie Street to the Killam Library Protected bicycle lane $150,000 September 2014 Spring 2016 Awaiting outcome of court challenge None
Dartmouth Waterfront Trail Completion of the trail section behind the old coast guard station Off-street multi-use path $150,000 September 2015 Summer 2016 Designed and approved, not tendered None
Details of ongoing bicycle lane projects
Details of ongoing bicycle lane projects are listed below.
Hollis Street bicycle lane
The Hollis Street bicycle lane was approved in 2010 as part of the Downtown Streets One-way Conversion Project. It is the twin to the nearby Lower Water Street bicycle lane. The lane is a buffered lane that includes additional separation from cars and trucks. The lane runs on the left-hand side of the road. Vehicles may stop in the lane to load or unload for up to 15 minutes. The city has marked the lane as “No Stopping” from 7-9am, so no deliveries are allowed during that time. The Halifax Cycling Coalition is working with city hall and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission to find loading space on the right-hand side of the street, make the lane “no stopping” 24 hours per day, and upgrade the lane to a protected bicycle lane for added protection. A city staff report on potential changes is due in early 2017, and we are hoping it will recommend a protected bicycle lane. If you have any suggestions to enhance the bicycle lane please contact us.
Brunswick Street bicycle lane
Changes and enhancements to the Brunswick Street bicycle lane could see it upgraded to a protected bicycle lane, extended south to Spring Garden Road, and connected to the Rainnie Drive bicycle lane. Stay tuned for updates.
South Park Street bicycle lane
The city is exploring a southern extension to the South Park Street bicycle lane, all the way to Inglis Street, with a potential switch to a protected bicycle lane on the existing portions. Consultations are anticipated in January 2017.
Macdonald Bridge bicycle lane approaches
The city is considering upgrades to the approach to the Macdonald Bridge bicycle lane on both the Halifax and Dartmouth sides. We are encouraging the city to add a relatively flat ramp to the Halifax side so that people coming from the North and West ends of town don’t need to ride down to Barrington Street and grind their way back up. We are also asking for changes to the Dartmouth side to make the approach safer and easier to access. Write your councillor to explain why this project matters to you.
University Avenue bicycle lane
The University Avenue bicycle lane, phase 1, was built in 2016. We are pushing the city, the IWK, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority to complete the second half, which all parties committed to in 2012. This project is part of the Urban Halifax Institutional District Bikeway Plan, which involves the city, Dalhousie University, the IWK Hospital, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority partnering to create a network of protected bicycle lanes connecting their buildings along University Avenue and Summer Street.
Dartmouth Waterfront Greenway Gaps
The city will close a major gap in the Dartmouth Waterfront Greenway behind the old coast guard station during the summer of 2016. This will be done at a cost of $150,000 and remove the need to travel through the apartment building parking lot. They may also complete a portion near King’s Wharf and Prince Street. Eventually this trail will run from the beginning of the Shearwater Flyer Trail all the way to Shore Drive, which could see changes in 2016 or 2017 to better connect to the bridge.