In 2017, the HRM approved the “Integrated Mobility Plan” (IMP). In the IMP there is a clear mandate for HRM to implement for inclusive infrastructure and “Design complete streets for all ages, abilities and travel options.”
The IMP outlines 52 km of bike routes in it’s plan for completion in 2022. In July 2020, three years in, only 29% of this infrastructure is completed.
When advocating for cycling infrastructure in HRM, it can be helpful to refer back to the language agreed upon in this document.
For example, there is a clear mandate for HRM to implement for inclusive infrastructure and “Design complete streets for all ages, abilities and travel options.”
“The Complete Streets approach implements multiple design features in different contexts to accommodate various combinations of transportation modes and uses. […] Features for bicyclists may include protected bicycle lanes and connected bicycle routes.“Integrated Mobility Plan, 2017
The Complete Streets concept is a fundamental component of the IMP. Complete Streets reflect a comprehensive approach to mobility for everyone using active transportation (AT; walking, rolling, or cycling) that aims to embed the IMP pillars into street design.
On Track for 2020
On Track for 2020 was a plan conceived in 2014 which aimed to build 100km of connected bike infrastructure across the HRM. This goal wasn’t met, but it’s still a helpful document and a step in the right direction for a more cycling-friendly city,