Bedford South School has been approved to participate in the HRM Placemaking Project. The purpose of this project is to create a piece of art in the back look, off Southgate, to celebrate their unique community, and reflect their commitment to being active. We are looking for students who are interested in sustainability, transportation and community outreach to help plan two community events to educate residents on the importance of walking and biking to school. Please e-mail Kim Rose at email@example.com for further information and if you are interested in being part of this great project! This would look great on your resume.
As I am sure you are all aware, there has been some push back from local businesses on the new Windsor Street bike lane. I have read some pretty disturbing articles in the Chronicle Herald lately; Bike Lanes No Bed of Roses and Halifax Cyclists Forced to Dodge Thumbnails.
As a planner who is passionate about sustainable transportation and an avid cyclist, I feel slightly discouraged and unwanted. Sometimes I feel like being a cyclist is “no bed of roses”. That being said, being the positive and optimistic person I am, I have decided to shake off the comments and show my support for local businesses. I plan to make my bike seen along Windsor Street and thank the shop owners for their bicycle parking and support for the new bike lane.
If you, like I, support cycling infrastructure in the downtown core, I urge you to do the same. Visit the local shops, get to know your business owners and let them know that you care about their businesses. After all, it is people that keep businesses going – not cars.
Keep sharing the road,
Masters of Planning Studies Candidate
School of Architecture and Planning
Who will be the coordinator of Winter Bike to Work Day in your community? Be sure you register your community on the website!
Marc Jolicoeur, of Velo Quebec, will speak about developing a bikeways network on October 9 at 7 pm at the Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel, 65 King Street. Indoor bike parking will be provided. It is hosted by HRM in partnership with the Ecology Action Centre and the Planning and Design Centre. https://www.facebook.com/events/557805284291738/
DalTRAC is experimenting with new ways of doing active transportation data collection by employing smartphone apps! Cities around the world are exploring the use of GPS-enabled smartphones to collect data on route choice, travel behaviour, potholes, and more! We will be doing a pilot study in the Halifax Regional Municipality using Cycletracks, a free app developed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. This will help us understand how cyclists move around with respect to trip purpose, gradients, road types, and much more.
Participants will enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op!
Interested? Follow these steps:
1. Download Cycletracks. Currently, anyone who has an iPhone can download the app. Unfortunately, this app does not work on Androids in Canada.
2. Enter a few brief points about yourself under the ‘settings’ tab, such as your gender, and postal codes of your home and work.
3. Click “start” at the beginning of your ride, and “save” once you have reached your destination. We encourage you to do this for every ride that is done entirely by bicycle.
4. Select the type of ride. You will be prompted to choose from a variety of trip purposes, such as “commute” or “recreation”.
If you have any questions, contact Niki Siabanis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you currently cross the Macdonald Bridge using the sidewalk or bike lane? If so we invite you to attend our Active Transportation Meeting being held on Tuesday, June 11th at 7p.m. at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. We will be discussing options of how to utilize active transportation during the Macdonald Bridge Suspended Spans Redecking Project, scheduled to begin in early 2015. For more information please visit:https://www.hdbc.ca/news.asp
FUSION’s People Factor team runs a mentorship program that connects young professionals with industry leaders in their field. Application for the programs occurs at the end of April and the program lasts for 8 months. Click here to find out more
My name is Caroline King. I am a Masters of Planning Studies student here at Dalhousie University. I am also facilitator for the Ecology Action Centre’s Tiny Travel Planning program, Transportation Officer for Dalhousie’s Office of Sustainability, Student Researcher at DalTRAC, and Director of Membership for the Halifax Cycling Coalition.
I am currently working on creating a daycare travel planning program to investigate travel patterns and determine transportation barriers for parents with children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. I thought I would share the latest poster for the proposal of this research. If you have any comments or feedback on my project, I would love to hear it.
More updates and information on the DalTRAC team to come!