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 (BID’s) may be sought.
Here are some examples of street improvement pilot projects in our region:
1. Corner of Wentworth Street and Ochterloney Street in downtown Dartmouth. For phase 2 the jersey barriers have been removed and replaced with bollards at the south corner where these two streets intersect to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and limit illegal parking near the crosswalk.