Following the completion of the current planning process, a report will be prepared for Regional Council seeking future direction. This report would present a multi-year implementation timeline.
As part of the planning process, public engagement sessions were held to provide information and receive feedback on the concept plans. Engagement sessions were held November 16 and November 17 and a survey was compiled from November 18-December 2, 2016.
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In September 2015, Regional Council directed staff [PDF] to continue planning bridge bikeway access improvements on both sides of the bridge, pursue funding partnerships, and determine requirements for any land use agreements.
On September 9, 2014 Regional Council approved Making Connections: 2014-19 Halifax Active Transportation Priorities Plan [PDF]. The options proposed in this report support the implementation of this plan in the following ways:
- Improving access to the Macdonald Bridge Bikeway was identified by the public and stakeholders as their second highest priority project during community engagement for the Plan. (Developing a bicycle network in the Regional Centre was their top priority);
- The Plan identifies the proposed bicycle routes that would connect to the Macdonald Bridge on the Dartmouth and Halifax sides; and,
- The plan recommends the development of bicycle infrastructure that is accessible for people of all ages and bicycling abilities (AAA). Currently neither side of the bridge can be considered AAA.