New and improved bike infrastructure in the HRM should be accessible and comfortable to use for people of All Ages and Abilities (AAA Infrastructure). This means that every person on a bike, with any level of experience or confidence in traffic, is comfortable getting around the city.
HRM streets are built around the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) guidelines, as well as the Transport Advisory Committee guidelines around infrastructure. The links below some of the safety and efficiency reasons that we advocate for protected or raised bike lanes.
These are the two primary types of bike lanes that we advocate for at the HCC:
Protected Bike Lanes (cycle tracks)
Raised Bike Lanes (cycle tracks)
While these types of bike lanes are ideal wherever possible, there are some instances where Local Street Bikeways and Multi-Use Trails make the most sense.
Local Street Bikeways are quiet residential streets adapted to be safer for cyclists. Elements of Local Street Bikeways include:
Multi-Use Trails can also be great infrastructure in certain areas where people are walking, biking, and rolling using different modes. However, these trails should be:
Bi-Directional Bike Lanes
HCC advocacy does not consider bi-directional bike lanes as quality infrastructure because they are:
Painted Bike Lanes
Painted bike lanes are not accessible to people on bikes of all ages and abilities because they do not provide a safe barrier from vehicle traffic.
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