Regional Council adopted the Integrated Mobility Plan, which identifies the Macdonald Bridge Bikeway connections as part of the proposed Regional Centre AAA Cycling Network.
Regional Council approved the implementation of the Macdonald Bridge Bikeway Connectors project, including:
- The design and construction of a flyover ramp from North Street to the Macdonald Bridge Bikeway.
- Bike facilities on Wyse Road, North Street, Dickson Street, Faulkner Street, Lyle Street, and Shore Drive.
As part of the planning process, public engagement sessions were held on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, 2016 and a survey was posted to Shape Your City from Nov. 18 - Dec. 2, 2016. The sessions and surveys were held with the goal to provide information and receive feedback on the concept plans. Information from these engagement sessions can be found here.
Regional Council directed staff to continue planning bridge bikeway access improvements on both sides of the bridge, pursue funding partnerships, and determine requirements for any land use agreements.
Regional Council approved Making Connections: 2014-19 Halifax Active Transportation Priorities Plan. 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.