ALLAN-OAK LOCAL STREET BIKEWAY
The Allan-Oak Local Street Bikeway was approved by Halifax Regional Council in May 2018 as part of the Regional Cycling Network outlined in the Integrated Mobility Plan. (IMP). The vision is to provide safe, comfortable, convenient routes for people of all-ages-and-abilities (AAA) to cycle around the city. The objective is for Allan and Oak to become quiet, traffic-calmed streets that will serve as an alternative east-west cycling corridor to busier streets like Quinpool and Chebucto.
Phase one of the project was completed in July 2019. Phase two is nearing completion and includes changes to the Allan-Oak-Oxford intersection. A new set of half signals has been installed at this intersection to improve safety and help people walking, rolling, and cycling create reliable gaps in traffic to cross Oxford Street with minimal delay. When a pedestrian or cyclist activates the crossing button, a red light will be triggered for vehicles on Oxford.
A newly painted crosswalk on the south leg of the intersection has been incorporated into the design. Curb extensions have been added on Allan and Oak streets to manage speed and promote a single file approach to the intersection. Pedestrian and bicycle push-buttons have been added to trigger the red signal on Oxford Street. Pedestrians must push the button and wait for the ‘walk’ symbol before proceeding. People cycling can push the button if they wish to trigger a gap in traffic on Oxford or they can proceed, otherwise, these users can proceed on any available gap after the stop sign.
Allan and Oak streets are now signed ‘no through vehicles except bicycles’. This change was implemented to discourage shortcutting through this neighbourhood and reduce daily vehicle volumes on Allan and Oak Streets. Fewer vehicles, moving slower, makes for safer streets and is more comfortable for sharing between vehicles and bicycles.
A third phase of the project involving the installation of speed management on Oak Street will be forthcoming in 2022 or 2023. An opportunity to engage with these proposed designs will be available for neighbours in the coming months.