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Three reasons the Crosstown Connector should stick to Agricola

A sandwich board in front of Agricola Street's only bicycle store.

HALIFAX – The Crosstown Connector bicycle corridor debate is boiling down to a choice between running the route along Agricola Street, or along some of the smaller streets between Agricola and Gottingen. Saving parking spots for cars is one rationale for not using Agricola Street.

The trouble with routing the connector on Maynard and Creighton is that serious bicycle commuters will continue to ignore the small streets, and use Agricola.

There are three reasons for this:

  1. There are lights at Agricola and North. This allows cyclists and cars to continue riding uninterrupted provided they catch the green. This is a big deal for cyclists, especially those travelling north at the end of the work day on a slight uphill gradient. One less reason to stop and put a foot down is helpful.
  2. Agricola lines up nicely with Ahern and Trollope streets. Using Maynard and Creighton would force planners to route cyclists through an awkward zig-zag and force riders through a series of awkward lane changes when they travel near the Citadel.
  3. What’s convenient for shoppers who use cars is also convenient for cyclists. Putting a bike route next to businesses makes it easier for cycling commuters to pop in for hummus, bread, keys, Black Forest ham – whatever you can buy on Agricola – as they ride home. Detouring to pedal up a side street that has comparatively little retail presence would require more energy and more inconvenience for riders with a dollar to spend. The result? The detour won’t be taken.

Some replacement parking spots, perhaps in the development coming to the liquor store site, may be able to address concerns some business owners have about the Crosstown Connector. But the city shouldn’t create a lesser bike route. Cyclists are already sweating enough to get home. To attract more serious bicycle commuters, more families, more older riders and more fair-weather commuters, keep the connector on Agricola Street.

For more on this issue see the recent stories in The Coast and the Chronicle Herald.

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Wehrmacht rolls into neighbourhood

An actor stands on Sarah Street waiting for his time in front of the camera.

HALIFAX — Actors dressed as German and English soldiers patrolled Sarah and June streets on Tuesday. It’s all part of the television production The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour now being filmed by the people behind the Trailer Park Boys.

The German soldier stands guard over the set.

Pounding feet and personal bests



HALIFAX — Once again Maynard Street played a pivotal role hosting the Blue Nose Marathon. Over 5,800 runners ran north on the residential road on Sunday before doing different loops around the north end and Dartmouth depending on whether they were 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathon racers.

Thanks to the North and Agricola reader who provided these pictures but declined to be credited.

Free market rules on Cornwallis

If stuff is free, is it for sale?

If stuff is free, is it for sale?

HALIFAX – This impromptu Cornwallis Street sidewalk display was better than Kijiji’s free section.

Among the items up for sale for grabs late Tuesday was a skill saw, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild and a festive wreath. Other books revealed a reader who was a fan of Hollywood films and wilderness survival tactics.

The goodies, sitting near the corner of Maynard Street, were going fast as of 4 p.m. No end time was posted.

Someone tell the artist

Photocopy of a double-decker tour bus plastered on a garage door on Harris Street.

Photocopy of a double-decker tour bus plastered on a garage door on Harris Street.

The cinder-block warehouse won’t be the only casualty when it is dismantled. Three artsy urban photos are glued to the side of one of the building’s rotting plywood doors.

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Harris Street warehouse loses lid

Demolition begins on warehouse at corner of Harris and Maynard streets.

Demolition begins on warehouse at corner of Harris and Maynard streets.

Someone has started tearing apart the warehouse that used to be Maritime Demolition’s Halifax location. The blue cinder-block building, which has been shuttered for several years, has lost its top.

The wild grass jungle between the sidewalk and Harris Street has been chopped down. The ground around the building is littered with roof tiles.

The building is at the junction of Buddy Daye and Maynard. Anyone know what’s destined for this corner?


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