As you may have seen, construction of a protected bicycle lane on Hollis Street to create an “all-ages-and abilities” (AAA) cycling connection through downtown Halifax is nearing completion. The completed facility will be a one-way protected bicycle lane on the west side (right-hand side) of the street, with pre-cast concrete curb and flexible bollards to separate bicycle and vehicle traffic. Green pavement markings will highlight areas of potential conflict at intersections and busy driveways.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when travelling down Hollis Street:
- If you are cycling, always yield to people walking, even if they find their way into the bicycle lane.
- If you are walking or rolling, look left and right before crossing the bicycle lane and avoid standing in the bicycle lane unnecessarily.
- If you are taking transit, you will see shared bike-lane-bus-stop platforms installed where the bicycle lane intersects with transit stops. Though designed as an interim structure for Hollis Street, these platforms will function similarly to the shared bike-lane-bus-stops constructed on South Park Street in 2019.
- If you are driving, the configuration of traffic lanes remains very similar to what existed previously. There are new restrictions on right-hand turns on red lights to improve safety for people cycling at intersections.
- If you are driving and looking for places to park, parking and loading zones previously located on the west side were moved to the east side (left-hand side) of the street. Relocated accessible spaces were retained within the same block and as close to the previous location as feasible. There are minimal changes in the number of parking spaces on Hollis Street as a result of this project.
- If you require space for loading, there are loading zones on the east side (left-hand side) of Hollis Street on each block, except for the block between the Cogswell interchange and Duke Street – for this block the no-parking zone on the east side of Hollis Street can be used for loading outside of the morning and afternoon peak periods.
- Loading can also be accommodated on some cross streets and from private driveways, parking lots and parking garages. A no-parking/loading zone was added on the east side of Granville Street, near Salter Street, to accommodate right-hand side loading for coach/tour buses and other vehicles.
- If you are driving, stopping in the traffic lane immediately adjacent to the bike lane is not permitted.
This project is part of Halifax's Regional Centre AAA Cycling Network aimed at making it more comfortable and convenient for you to get around Halifax by bicycle! Keep reading below to learn more about the new features on Hollis Street and how to navigate them.