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Hello Switch Fans,

We had a good meeting on Tuesday discussing how to build more greater public and institutional support for Switch.
One of the immediate actions to support the Switch Open Street Sundays : Bike Week project planned for June 9 is to mobilize volunteers for this Thursday evening from 6:00-730PM for route canvassing.
Although, we demonstrated substantial public support for Switch last year and we have made some in-roads in simplifying the process moving forward by getting Switch in the Regional and Active Transportation Plans as well as a forthcoming Road Closure Policy this will not change things substantively this year. We will still need to go out this year and get signatures from people who live on the route. On thursday evening we will be asking for signatures for our two 2013 events on the Agricola/Bell/South Park corridor.
We will meet at 6PM Thursday April 4th at Agricola and Cunard to divided up the route canvassing. We will work in groups of two and will have a standard message for people to deliver. We had roughly 95% approval of people we talked to last year so it should be pretty straightforward. I will have the materials printed off and we will look to drop something in their mailboxes in advance early this week. Bring a clipboard if you have one.
Feel free to pass this on if you know of people who might be willing to help out
thank you
Ross Soward
Community Planner
Operations Director

DalTRAC Household Mobility and Travel Survey

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DalTRAC is conducting an exciting study of households’ residential location, auto ownership, and travel behaviour choices. If you complete the survey by April 5th 2013, you will be entered into a draw for a $50 Gift Card.

The survey should only take 20-25 minutes to complete. If you feel that a question is not applicable to you, please enter “N/A”. Only those who complete the survey and provide a full mailing address will be entered into the draw.


To participate in the survey, please follow the link below:


If you responded to the first phase of this survey in the Fall of 2012, we thank you for your participation and please disregard this notice.

Please contact Chris Demaine (, Mahmud Fatmi ( or Dr. Ahsan Habib, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University ( with any questions or concerns regarding this study.

HRM Draft Regional Municipal Planning Strategy

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Halifax Regional Municipality has released the first draft of the new Municipal Planning Strategy.

Check out the Transportation Section and provide comments at the next community engagement meeting. 

Share the Road

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Share the Road Example From Australia

DalTRAC is Looking for Transportation Speaker Ideas

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DalTRAC will be holding an opening ceremony for their new DalTRAC Lab in early fall and are hoping to invite a transportation speaker to come inspire.

Do you have an idea for a potential speaker? Someone you just have to see?

Send an e-mail to or leave a suggestion in the comments section.



Bill Ford- The Freedom of Mobility

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Check out this inspiring TED Talk




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 Check out CBC’s wonderful online multi-media feature called, “The Road to Nowhere”

Interested in the future of the Cogswell Interchange? CBC Mainstreet is hosting a live forum on the future of the site between 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. If you have ideas or an interest in how it should be used in the future, join us in our live audience. Space is limited, so request your tickets by”

Halifax Cycling Coalition- Receive a Free T-Shirt and be Entered to a Win $50 MEC Gift Card

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WIN an HCC t-shirt & $50 MEC gift card!
The first 5 HCC members to get 5 friends to become members will receive a free t-shirt and be entered to win a $50 MEC gift card.

You must be a member to participate. When five of your friends have become members, send an e-mail to with their names and e-mail addresses.

Check out HCC’s new online registration

DalTRAC to engage the Municipality of the District of Chester on ‘Share the Road’

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Two students working for DalTRAC, Mateja and Kelsey, will be going to the Municipality of the District of Chester on April 4th to hold a community engagement session about ‘Share the Road’. The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on how road safety can be improved in the local community. The second part will focus on generating ideas for a ‘Share the Road’ awareness campaign for the local community. Participants will be asked to discuss their opinions regarding which media and/or slogans will be effective in spreading the campaign message to the community. DalTRAC is excited about this opportunity to engage the community and gain valuable insights to help in the development of an effective ‘Share the Road’ campaign for the Province of Nova Scotia. Share the Road news release_FINAL[1]


Chester Community Engagement Poster3 (2)


4th Annual Road Safety Conference

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Dr. Ahsan Habib will be presenting March 19, 2013, 12:30 @ the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on highlights of recent DalTRAC research.


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