Your New Commute

No matter what your new normal looks like, you have options for getting around in Halifax.  With a range of network improvements to make getting around easier, more flexible, and more sustainable, now is a perfect time to rethink your mobility habits - whether you are travelling to work or school, meeting up with friends or family, or running your daily errands. 

How To Get Around in Halifax

Your New Commute Webinar Series

To learn more about your options and how to use them, tune into our weekly webinars: 

  • Get There By Bike - September 15, 2021 (video):  Learn how to navigate your local cycling routes, as well as how the Halifax Regional Municipality is creating a convenient, comfortable, and connected cycling network. Active Transportation planning staff provided updates about new bikeway projects followed by route planning demonstrations using the online Halifax Bike Map. Staff answered questions after the presentation. 
  • How to Ride Transit - September 22, 2021 (video): Join Halifax Transit staff as they provide information to help new and existing users better understand and navigate the Halifax Transit network. Gain an overview of topics relating to trip planning, rider etiquette, public transit safety, available transit options, as well as where to find additional helpful resources and information at home or on the go.
  • Moving Forward Together Plan Service Changes (video): Join Halifax Transit staff as they provide an overview of upcoming service changes and tips on how to navigate the bus routes starting on November 22, 2021. The 2021 service changes are based on the 2016 Moving Forward Together Plan – Halifax Transit’s strategic route network redesign to better align the transit network with the needs of Halifax residents now and into the future. 

Planning Your New Commute

It can help your wallet, your health, and the environment to know your options as a commuter. No matter how you move, click through below for tips on how you can plan your next trip.

I commute to work/school almost every day.

Good news, commuter; you have options! 

Getting to and from work or school is an opportunity to introduce more sustainable mobility options into your everyday life. By choosing to carpool, cycle, take transit, walk, or roll, you are saving money, spending less time in traffic, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tips: 

  • Work from home when possible: Working from home a few days a week helps to decrease commute costs, limit time in traffic, and reduce air pollution.
  • Match your mode to the weather:  Keeping an eye on weather conditions will help you determine which transportation option is better for you that day. For example, if it’s raining you may feel more comfortable choosing transit over cycling. On the other hand, if it’s nice out you may prefer walking or rolling instead of driving.
  • Ask your employer/ organization about “end of trip” facilities: Using active transportation to get to work or school can lead to a sweaty situation but don’t let that discourage you. Your employer may have designated facilities such as lockers or showers that allow you to freshen up at the end of your trip.
  • Can I walk or roll there?:  If you need to run errands before, during, or after work/classes, consider walking or rolling instead of driving. This can help you save money and introduce physical activity into your routine on busy days.
  • Explore your community: Cycling, transit, and walking or rolling can be more than just commute options. You can also use these modes to get to family gatherings, your favorite coffee shop, or HRM park.
     
I sometimes commute to work/school, and occasionally work from home.

Working or studying from home is a great way to reduce your daily trips – way to flex your options! Understanding your options on the days that you do commute is a great way to start experiencing the health, financial and environmental benefits of multimodal transportation. 

Tips: 

  • Match your mode to the weather: Having the flexibility of work-from-home means you can choose  to commute on a nice day, which will give you the most options when it comes to how you get there. 
  • Carpool with employees, classmates or friends on similar schedules: Getting to where you need to be doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! If you know people who make similar trips, reach out to plan your trip, share costs, and stay motivated. 
  • Maximize your trip’s potential: Grouping your commute with other errands will limit the number of trips you take, allowing more time to do what you love. Decide what cargo capacity you need, what your route looks like, and how much time you need when planning for which mode you need to take.
I mostly work from home.

Even though working from home reduces the number of total trips you take, you still have mobility options to consider when it comes to other essential trips like getting groceries or attending appointments. Planning ahead can help save time and money, allowing you to enjoy more of what you love doing. 

Tips: 

  • Avoid peak hours: Planning errands during off hours (outside of 7-9AM & 4-6PM) will make trips quicker and reduce emissions from being stuck in traffic. If you need to take a trip during peak hours, cycling, walking or rolling can help get you there quicker.
  • Take a break: Stepping away from your work/study station and moving around is a great way to boost productivity and prioritize your mental well-being. Consider cycling, walking, or rolling along some of HRM’s new multi-use pathways, urban greenways, or on-street bikeways in your area.
  • Discover: With new transportation infrastructure connecting more people to more places, it has never been a better time to explore your community in a new way.