Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Thanks to everyone who came out to the April 30, 2015 open house and who viewed and commented on the plan. Regional Council will soon decide whether or not to proceed with the project. The project has been put out to tender so that if the decision is made to proceed, the work can be done in the summer.

View comments from the April 30 2015 open house and responses from staff.

We also prepared a graphic describing the proposal which might be a little easier to read than the engineering drawings we posted earlier. Look under the ‘documents’ tab for “Hollis Bicycle Lane - Graphic”

Key points:

  • The 1.5m wide bicycle lane will be on the left (east) side of the street and will include a 0.6m painted buffer area between the bicycle lane and the vehicle lane.
  • Signs will restrict stopping in the bicycle lane during peak traffic hours (7-9 am & 4-6 pm).
  • Parking at existing meters on the right (west) side, north of Salter Street, will remain restricted from 7-9 am & 4-6 pm to allow for an additional vehicle travel lane during peak traffic hours.
  • No accessible parking spaces will be significantly affected (except peak hour restrictions above).
  • There will be a new stop sign southbound at Terminal Road, including new pedestrian ramps.
  • The project will be integrated with some pavement upgrades in the bicycle lane to improve the riding surface, as well as at several intersections to improve pavement quality for all road users.
  • Regional Council will be asked to approve the Bicycle Lane before it is installed. If approved, we are targeting summer 2015 for installation.
  • While the proposed changes to the street fall under the jurisdiction of the Traffic Authority, the 2014-19 Active Transportation Priorities Plan says there ‘should’ be council approval for on-road projects in the Regional Centre where trade-offs are needed to implement bicycle facilities.
Last summer, Halifax staff shared draft plans for the Hollis Street bicycle lane on this site and at an open house on June 26th 2014. Many people reviewed and commented on those plans and as a result of those comments a revised layout is being proposed. For a number of reasons, the bicycle lane is now proposed on the LEFT (east) side of the street (but it is still intended for southbound cycle travel). The new proposal can be seen under the documents tab on the right hand column.We also plan to add a small contraflow bike lane to the southern end of Upper Water Street, to improve access by bicycle to Hollis Street.

Based on concerns from abutting property owners, and observations that existing cycle traffic dropped sharply after 9 am, the proposed stopping restrictions in the bicycle lane have been scaled back from “no stopping anytime” to “no stopping 7-9 am and 4-6 pm”.

KEY DATES

Summer 2011: Installation of Lower Water Street Bicycle lane as part of street network changes in Downtown Halifax

June 26, 2014: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at AGNS

April 30, 2015: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at DHBC

June 23, 2015: Target Date for Report to Council about the Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Summer 2015: Target Date for Installation of Hollis Street Bicycle Lane


Thanks to everyone who came out to the April 30, 2015 open house and who viewed and commented on the plan. Regional Council will soon decide whether or not to proceed with the project. The project has been put out to tender so that if the decision is made to proceed, the work can be done in the summer.

View comments from the April 30 2015 open house and responses from staff.

We also prepared a graphic describing the proposal which might be a little easier to read than the engineering drawings we posted earlier. Look under the ‘documents’ tab for “Hollis Bicycle Lane - Graphic”

Key points:

  • The 1.5m wide bicycle lane will be on the left (east) side of the street and will include a 0.6m painted buffer area between the bicycle lane and the vehicle lane.
  • Signs will restrict stopping in the bicycle lane during peak traffic hours (7-9 am & 4-6 pm).
  • Parking at existing meters on the right (west) side, north of Salter Street, will remain restricted from 7-9 am & 4-6 pm to allow for an additional vehicle travel lane during peak traffic hours.
  • No accessible parking spaces will be significantly affected (except peak hour restrictions above).
  • There will be a new stop sign southbound at Terminal Road, including new pedestrian ramps.
  • The project will be integrated with some pavement upgrades in the bicycle lane to improve the riding surface, as well as at several intersections to improve pavement quality for all road users.
  • Regional Council will be asked to approve the Bicycle Lane before it is installed. If approved, we are targeting summer 2015 for installation.
  • While the proposed changes to the street fall under the jurisdiction of the Traffic Authority, the 2014-19 Active Transportation Priorities Plan says there ‘should’ be council approval for on-road projects in the Regional Centre where trade-offs are needed to implement bicycle facilities.
Last summer, Halifax staff shared draft plans for the Hollis Street bicycle lane on this site and at an open house on June 26th 2014. Many people reviewed and commented on those plans and as a result of those comments a revised layout is being proposed. For a number of reasons, the bicycle lane is now proposed on the LEFT (east) side of the street (but it is still intended for southbound cycle travel). The new proposal can be seen under the documents tab on the right hand column.We also plan to add a small contraflow bike lane to the southern end of Upper Water Street, to improve access by bicycle to Hollis Street.

Based on concerns from abutting property owners, and observations that existing cycle traffic dropped sharply after 9 am, the proposed stopping restrictions in the bicycle lane have been scaled back from “no stopping anytime” to “no stopping 7-9 am and 4-6 pm”.

KEY DATES

Summer 2011: Installation of Lower Water Street Bicycle lane as part of street network changes in Downtown Halifax

June 26, 2014: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at AGNS

April 30, 2015: Hollis Street Bicycle Lane Open Houses (12-2pm/ 4-6pm) at DHBC

June 23, 2015: Target Date for Report to Council about the Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

Summer 2015: Target Date for Installation of Hollis Street Bicycle Lane