Heads Up Halifax
The 2020 Heads Up Halifax campaign has been expanded in both scope and scale.
In past years, the multi-month initiative focused primarily on crosswalk safety. The campaign, now running year-round, not only increases efforts to promote crosswalk safety but also encompasses the broader scope of road safety — and the importance of shared responsibility amongst all commuters — whether they be walking, driving, rolling or cycling.
The broadened scope of the campaign better aligns with the Strategic Road Safety Plan and the Towards Zero approach which moves the municipality closer towards zero fatalities and injuries for people using any mode of transportation. In particular, the evolved Heads Up Halifax campaign supports the Council-approved goal of a 20 per cent reduction in fatal and injury collisions by 2023.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for #HeadsUpHalifax information including:
- safe practices on the road
- rules for crosswalks
- how to use new infrastructure such as two-stage bicycle turn boxes
- municipal efforts to improve road safety across the Halifax region (e. g. rectangular rapid flashing beacons, bump-outs, protected bike lanes, curb ramps with tactile walking surface indicators etc.)
Bright Ideas Challenge
Introduced in 2019 as part of the annual Heads Up Halifax campaign, the Bright Ideas Challenge asks residents to partner with not-for profit organizations to submit proposals on how they can take action to increase road safety. Successful applicants are awarded funding to help turn their ideas into a reality.
The 2020 Bright Ideas Challenge will be launched this summer. More information on rules, eligibility and evaluation criteria will be provided in the coming months.
Bright Ideas 2019 winners
Last year, 11 proposals were eligible to be considered for evaluation. Awards were granted for five successful proposals submitted by the following four organizations:
- Crosswalk Safety Society of Nova Scotia
- $1,000 award towards the development and distribution of a brochure that educates both drivers and pedestrians about crosswalk rules and suggestions for behaviour to improve everyone’s safety.
- $5,000 award towards the creation of fridge magnets which will serve as a daily reminder of behaviour tips for drivers and pedestrians to contribute to crosswalk safety.
- Ecology Action Centre
- $5,000 award towards the Safety for All education effort for newcomers. Focusing on those whose first language is Arabic, Mandarin or French, this door hanger print utilizes translated materials and icon-focused graphics to convey safe pedestrian practices.
- Nova Scotia Community College
- $5,000 award towards the development of a crossblock lighting prototype. Goal is to create a self-sustaining, solar powered system that can use small light beams to create a simulated barrier when someone is crossing. NSCC will provide a status update by no later than May 1, 2020.
- Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre
- $5,000 award towards the coordination and facilitation of a crosswalk safety hackathon for students, youth and community members. The hackathon will aim to develop innovative solutions to challenges associated with crosswalk and road safety focusing on root cause analysis, ideation and solution development. This hackathon is planned for March 2020.