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HRM staff urge council to get on bikes

Municipal staff want to move forward with plans to connect bike lanes in the south end of the city to the north end.

Municipal staff want to move forward with plans to connect bike lanes in the south end of the city to the north end.

A staff report to be delivered to Halifax regional council tomorrow recommends creating a “Cross Town Connector” bike corridor extending from one end of peninsular Halifax to the other. If council gives them the go-ahead, staff would begin an analysis and consultation process, with aims of completing the corridor by the winter of 2011. According to the report, staff and budgetary constraints have led to a “fragmented on-street bicycle network” that has resulted in less people using active transportation in the city than possible. And so, in keeping with council’s goals, a unified corridor should be a priority.

The issue has come before council before. In March, the Halifax Cycling Coalition presented a petition to council advocating the corridor’s creation.

They also proposed a route extending from the Fairview overpass to Atlantic Street.

 
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