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Halifax issues tenders for ‘tactical’ bump-outs and bike lanes

Global News logo Global News 2020-09-03 Alexander Quon
a sign on the side of a road: Painted bike lanes being considered for Almon Street corridor in Halifax. © Global Halifax/Alexa MacLean Painted bike lanes being considered for Almon Street corridor in Halifax.

Halifax is looking to install "tactical" curb bump-outs and bike lanes at spots throughout the municipality.

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) issued two tenders this week for the installation of several of the "tactical" projects.

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One tender is for the installation of curbs, bollards, posts and accompanying paint at the following intersections: Robie Street and Quinpool Road, Ochterloney Street and Victoria Road, and Crichton Avenue and Oakdale Crescent.

They also include another tender for a "tactical" bike lane from Rainnie Drive to Brunswick Street.

Under the municipality's Integrated Mobility Program, the HRM has used recent pilot projects to test new street designs and strategies that are meant to protect cyclists and pedestrians as they approach or cross through the intersections.

The goal is to use relatively inexpensive materials, allowing the municipality to "be nimble in its response to opportunities/challenges that present themselves."

Recent examples that have already been completed include the installation of bollards at Agricola Street in Halifax or at the corner of Wentworth and Ochterloney in downtown Dartmouth.

According to the design drawings, the installation of tactical curbs and bollards at the intersection of Robie Street and Quinpool Road will include all streets at the Willow Tree intersection.

The changes at the intersection of Crichton Avenue and Oakdale Crescent are set to be significantly smaller while the drawings for Octherloney Street and Victoria Road will also require the shifting and repainting of the centre line at the centre line.

The bike lane along Rainnie Drive and Brunswick will require the installation of 33 bollards and 71 pre-cast curbs along the length of the protected bike lane, which runs along Citadel Hill and into downtown Halifax.

Maggie-Jane Spray, a spokesperson for the HRM, said the municipality will look to monitor volume counts and gather feedback through public surveys.

The response from the public could inform future permanent changes.

Both tenders are set to close on Sept. 17.

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