Response to COVID-19: Transportation Recovery Plan
In anticipation of the further lifting of Public Health restrictions, the municipality is preparing to implement adjustments to the transportation network, as part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As the need for social distancing will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and transportation patterns evolve throughout the recovery phase, the municipality is identifying required adaptations to the use of its streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.
Municipal staff are actively engaged in planning for measures that can be deployed quickly, while also considering what will be needed over the coming months in response to Public Health directives.
The municipality will focus on the following key areas:
Necessary adjustments to the transportation systems that will allow for the safe movement of people and goods
Safety of front-line workers while supporting both operational and remote workforces
Delivery and pick-up needs for restaurants and other establishments
Adjustments to crowded areas, such as narrow sidewalks, to support safe social distancing
Create clear messaging related to transportation recovery efforts
More information will be available in the coming weeks.
Updates will be shared via @hfxgov on Twitter and on this web page.
For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit halifax.ca/coronavirus.
Street Improvement Pilot Program
The Integrated Mobility Program (IMP) focuses on complete streets and puts pedestrians first. The IMP supports the use of pilot projects to test new street design and placemaking strategies to improve the safety and comfort of pedestrians. These pilot projects allow the municipality to roll out improvements faster and to test potential solutions without committing expensive resources. Pilot projects use inexpensive materials to make temporary street enhancements are also referred to "tactical urbanism."
The Street Improvement Pilot Project program will use a toolkit of materials and designs to test and evaluate innovative ideas. Using a palette of simple, inexpensive materials, will allow the municipality to be nimble in its response to opportunities/ challenges that present themselves.
Project sites are selected and designed in-house by Planning and Development staff, in collaboration with other business units including Transportation and Public Works (TPW), Halifax Transit and Parks and Recreation. Where possible, partnerships with local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) may be sought.