The corner of Creighton and Cunard streets in Halifax is shown. Upgrades will be made to this part of Creighton Street as part of the city’s efforts to improve the cycling experience from the north end to the downtown. (Paul Poirier/CBC) Some Halifax cyclists say efforts by the city to improve the riding experience from the city’s north end to the downtown are long overdue.
Over the next couple of months, the city is doing road upgrades on parts of some north-end streets, such as Isleville, Bloomfield, Creighton and Maynard.
At the same time, the city will be installing things like speed bumps and curb extensions to shorten the distance cyclists have to travel at crossing streets. This route will be called the North End Bikeway corridor.
Measures like this are what the city calls "interim bikeway improvements," which aim to make it easier and safer to cycle on quiet residential streets. The work takes place when road construction is happening to keep costs down for making the cycling changes.
Jillian Banfield, a north-end resident who is also a former bike mayor for the city, said these kinds of changes won’t motivate new cyclists to get on the road. Rather, she’d like to see the city build more robust cycling infrastructure, such as protected bike lanes.
"People would generally prefer to be cycling, say on Agricola Street, as it’s a much more direct connection north to south for folks and it easily connects through the Commons to Bell Road where there’s other cycling infrastructure," […]