Halifax Cycling Handbook

The Halifax Cycling Handbook is a handy pocket-sized guide containing all you need to know about getting around Halifax by bike, from what kind of bike to buy to winter riding tips. You can visit Long Alley Bicycles, Giant Bikes, Halifax Cycles, Cyclesmith, or a Halifax Library branch for a free printed copy!

The Handbook is available in four languages: English, Arabic, Mi’kmaw and French. These are available at all 14 Halifax public library branches, ISANS, the YMCA and The Ecology Action Centre. You can also come to pick one up from our office at 5557 Cunard street.

You can find the PDF versions of all four languages below!

The handbook includes:

  • Reasons to ride
  • Getting to know your bike
  • Ride preparation
  • Rules of the road
  • Cycling safety
  • Intersection safety
  • Getting from A to E (Employment, Education, and Essential services)
  • Cycling as a family
  • Types of bikeways
  • Cycling in all weather
  • Types of bikes
  • Cycling resources

Text/Design/Layout: Meghan Doucette
Illustrations: Hannah Emmett and Andrew Durano
Editors: Anika Riopel, Ashleigh Boers, Emily Miller, Becky Spencer, Steven Schwinghamer, Ben
Hammer, Jenna Molenaar, Jillian Banfield, Dan Peterson, Megan Rector, Raylene Langor, and
Sarah Manchon
Sources: Can-Bike, The Toronto Cyclists Handbook, The Toronto Cycling Handbook: Family
Edition, Quebec Safe Cycling Guide, Nova Scotia Bicycle Safety booklet, BYCS, Nova Scotia
Summary Offence Ticket Booklet, and Freepik.

The production and publication of this handbook has been generously supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, the Nova Scotia Department of Culture and Heritage, Halifax Cycles and Guitars, the Clean Foundation, BYCS Bicycle Mayor Halifax, the Ecology Action Centre and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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