News and Events

Topic: ‘Transportation Planning’

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Kickstand Bicycle Policy Workshop

Mobycon, a Dutch-based consulting with 25 years experience in traffic, transport and urban and rural planning has teamed up with Copenhagenize, a Danish consultancy specializing in bicycle planning, marketing and communications, to launch Kickstand.

Cities & Environment Unit has joined forces with Mobycon and Copenhagenize to host the first Kickstand workshop in Canada on February 1 & 2, 2012.

This workshop will bring together a variety of government and private sector representatives from across Atlantic Canada to work with world-class experts in the areas of bicycle planning, policy, design and marketing. By working together over the two-day session we will generate locally relevant insights, solutions and actionable steps for building bicycle cultures and increasing sustainable urban mobility in Atlantic Canada.

Kickstand Workshop Details

Location: Dalhousie University, Student Union Building, Room 303
6136 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dates: February 1-2, 2012 (Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Cost: Workshop, including meals: $600

Register online to hold your space at the Kickstand Workshop!

For more information please contact Ross Soward at Cities & Environment Unit: 902.494.8494

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It’s More Than Buses Session 1 a success!

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in It’s More Than Buses Session 1!
If you were not able to attend the first session you can watch all three panellist’s presentations and closing remarks at Thank you to for live streaming the event!
We also provided extensive live coverage of the first session on Facebook and Twitter: @morethanbuses

Please stay tuned for more information about Session 2: DESIGN the network - Tuesday, July 19th from 6 to 8pm at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

Download Jarrett Walker’s presentation (session 1 panellist and international public transit network designer) [PDF, 1MB]
Download a summary of the ideas put forward by participants at Session 1  [PDF, 900KB]
Download the draft Guiding Principles from Session 1 [PDF, 350KB]

It’s More Than Buses is based on the premise that a clear direction for the future of the municipality’s public transit system needs to be championed by the citizens who rely on Halifax’s transportation system to meet their daily mobility needs, whether it’s travel to work, school, health care, shopping, recreation or entertainment.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

It’s More Than Buses

Transit is about access, mobility and a better city!
Join the conversation about the future of public transportation in Halifax.

Help shape your city through a series of public sessions:

1. Explore the options - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6-8pm
2. Design the network - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 6-8pm
3. Mobilize public support! - Wednesday, Sept 7th, 2011 from 6-8pm

Venue for all three sessions: World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax

Download the It’s More Than Buses Poster [PDF, 600KB]
Download the bios of the Session 1 panelists [PDF, 800KB]

The Planning & Design Centre’s (PDC) Sustainable Transportation Task Force, in partnership with FUSION Halifax, is working at the grass roots level to advance our region’s shift toward a more sustainable transportation system. It’s More Than Buses features three public forums designed to engage citizens in objectively exploring how to improve HRM’s public transportation system. Experts from across the country will weigh in on the topic. Each session will be part panel presentations and part breakout groups, inviting the public to take inspiration from the panelists and contribute their own ideas. The three sessions will be iterative in the sense that ideas from the first session will inform the content of the second and third sessions. This series is unique in that we are seeking both the urban and suburban perspective on this issue.

Thank you to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the many individuals who have contributed their support to this event.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Bikeways Plan for Institutional District

CEU planners are working with Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Capital Health, the IWK Health Centre and the community at large to develop a Bikeways Plan. Building on existing plans and policy, such as HRM’s Active Transportation Function Plan, we will engage staff, students, visitors and community members in establishing a bold vision for the future of cycling in the District, and prioritizing investments in new infrastructure and facilities. The newly formed Bicycle Action Committee (BAC) will guide the process.

Download the one-page description of the project: [pdf, 0.5MB]

Open House
Presentation of draft Bikeways Plan
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Time: Drop in: 4:30pm - 7:30pm (presentation at 5:30pm)
Location: Dalhousie Student Union Building, Room 303, 6136 University Avenue

Download the Open House posters: [pdf, 7.7MB]

Please provide your input to:
Cities & Environment Unit

or follow the project at:

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Municipalities for Green Mobility Toolkit now available

A joint project of Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) and Ecology Action Centre (EAC),
Municipalities for Green Mobility: A Guide to Action on Sustainable Transportation in Nova Scotia
[pdf, 6.7 MB], is a resource designed to help municipalities plan for, and take action on, sustainable transportation. For each of five key components - land use, active transportation, public transit, vehicle efficiency and movement of goods – we make recommendations related to plans, policy, infrastructure, maintenance, education and programs. Whenever possible, we provide a location-specific example for each recommendation.

The toolkit builds on and shares the knowledge gained from the Municipalities for Green Mobility Project, led by the EAC and CEU in 2009. Our organizations partnered with Windsor, Annapolis Royal and the District of Lunenburg to help these municipalities incorporate sustainable transportation into their Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). We presented the following reports and recommendations to the respective municipal councils.

Annapolis Royal


District of Lunenburg

We have printed a limited run of full-colour copies of the toolkit and are distributing them to all fifty-five Nova Scotia Municipalities and many provincial government departments. If you are interested in a copy for your organization or department, please contact Cities & Environment Unit at: 902.494.3678.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Sustainable Transportation Task Force Launched

The Planning and Design Centre (sister organization to the Cities & Environment Unit) launched the Sustainable Transportation Task Force in July 2010. The Task Force is an independent body formed to engage the public and other stakeholders in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. The formation of the Task Force responds to a growing interest in enabling a shift toward a more sustainable transportation system for the Halifax region.

The Task Force has met regularly since July and has recently formed a working group to develop a demonstration project idea: a “Ciclovia” type event adapted for Halifax. For more information about the Bogotá, Columbia Ciclovia event, check out:

The Planning and Design Centre is currently inviting individuals to join the Task Force - new participants are always welcome!

Next Task Force Meeting
The Task Force is currently meeting the third Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the Cities & Environment Unit offices: 5257 Morris Street.

Next Ciclovia Working Group Meeting
The Working Group is currently meeting the first Wednesday of every month, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the Cities & Environment Unit offices: 5257 Morris Street.

For more information about the Planning and Design Centre, please visit:

Download the one-page description of the Task Force:

Download the notes from past Task Force meetings:

Download the notes from past Working Group meetings:




Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Municipalities for Green Mobility Project Update

In 2009, the TRAX Project of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and the Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) are spearheading Municipalities for Green Mobility, a project in which EAC and CEU have partnered with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Windsor and the Town of Annapolis Royal. The specific goal of this project is to help these municipalities include sustainable transportation best practices in their Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). By 2010, all municipalities in Canada must complete an ICSP to be eligible for funds from the federal gas tax pot. The ICSP process requires municipalities to create a 30-year community vision that addresses environmental, social, cultural and economic issues and to identify specific actions that achieve this vision. Therefore, ICSPs provide municipalities with an opportunity to advance sustainable transportation within a long-term planning framework.

The gas tax funds can be used for infrastructure projects, such as public transit, walking trails and drinking water treatment, that meet the federal government criteria of clean air, clean water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

For each of our three partner municipalities, EAC and CEU facilitated public workshops to involve local residents in defining sustainable transportation goals for their areas.  Based on these workshops and our own research, EAC and CEU developed a Green Mobility report for each municipality, including recommendations to council. We presented the following reports and our recommendations to the respective municipal councils.

Annapolis Royal


District of Lunenburg

Stay tuned for the Municipalities for Green Mobility Toolkit, which will incorporate the lessons learned from our work with Annapolis Royal, Windsor and District of Lunenburg. This toolkit will inspire people to take action and inform planning and decision-making on sustainable transportation. It will be developed for use by all municipalities in Nova Scotia.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Shifting to Sustainable Transportation report is now available

The Shifting to Sustainable Transportation Partnership has released a new report outlining how the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and surrounding commutershed can move to a more sustainable transportation system.

Formed by HRM’s Sustainable Environmental Management Office, Transport 2000 Atlantic, Cities & Environment Unit and Ecology Action Centre, the Partnership released the report in response to major transportation infrastructure investments and a shared recognition that there is an urgency to shift to a more sustainable transportation system. The report directly addresses the need for a comprehensive and long term approach to transportation planning.

The report highlights the outcomes of a one-day intensive workshop in January 2009 that brought together a diversity of professionals, stakeholders and citizens to plan for the future of the region’s transportation system in an integrated and sustainable way.

Workshop participants identified four critical components of a more sustainable transportation network for the region:

  1. Dedicated rights-of-way for transit, high-occupancy vehicles and active transportation
  2. Transportation hubs and terminals as significant places
  3. Land use patterns that are integrated with the transportation system
  4. Local feeder systems serving the transportation hubs

The report calls for the formation of a Sustainable Transportation Task Force that would engage the public in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. Building on HRM’s Regional Plan, the Strategy would support compact, affordable and sustainable growth for the region.

Download the report:
Shifting to Sustainable Transportation: A Sustainable Transportation Framework for HRM

Contact the Partnership at: