Urban Halifax Institutional District Bikeways Plan

2011-2012

Partners: Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Capital Health, Saint Mary’s University

The Urban Halifax Institutional District Bikeways Plan is intended to establish a cycling-supportive environment that will attract new riders of different ages and abilities and demonstrate a new priority for cycling within Halifax’s Urban Institutional District. The District, encompassing the lands controlled by Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Capital Health and the IWK Health Centre on the Halifax peninsula, is a major regional destination for staff, students and visitors. These four institutions have committed to encouraging cycling within and to the District by establishing greater levels of safety, comfort, convenience and connectivity.

Cycling has the most potential as an option for commuting within eight kilometres of a destination. A large number of daily commuters to the District live within an eight-kilometre radius, but do not cycle. This indicates a need to make the District a cycle-friendly area by providing better facilities, infrastructure and supports.

The Bikeways Plan was developed through a community-based planning process designed to engage staff, students and visitors of the partner institutions, in addition to members of the surrounding community. The resulting proposed network seeks to develop new and existing bicycle infrastructure, integrate cycling as an essential component of multi-modal transportation, and prioritize bicycles along designated cycling routes, separating from traffic where possible. The proposed network is also connected and continuous, ensuring ease of route-finding and suggesting further connections within HRM to make cycling a legitimate transportation option in the region.