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Kids pedal at top gear on Commons

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An ambitious pack of 7- and 8-year-olds take off at the start of an 800-metre race at the Oval on Sunday. The sprint was part of a series of events celebrating cycling at the Commons, including the Halifax Criterium, kid races and MEC’s Bikefest.

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Switch Open Street Sunday signs are up

Volunteers are now putting up signs in advance of today’s Switch event. This stretch of Agricola Street is among the roads that will close to car traffic from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

More from today’s cycling festival

Samba Nova drummers, some wearing bike helmets, entertained cyclists who lounged around on the Commons.


Breakaway artist.


Traffic control

A police officer watches cyclists in the final criterium race at the Halifax Commons on Sunday. After the race, the roadway will remain closed to cars from 2 to 5 p.m. for a public bike-themed street party.

Aerial view of Duffus-Novalea roundabout

The proposed roundabout at Novalea and Duffus, with the existing intersection shown inset. (Images created by HRM staff.)

HALIFAX — City traffic planners will host a public meeting on Wednesday to explain their take on roundabouts, specifically the one proposed for the intersection of Duffus, Novalea and Devonshire. The meeting will be held at St. Stephen’s School, 3669 Highland Avenue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

City council has already approved the roundabout in principle. A recent city staff report in favour of roundabouts provided the diagram above, as well as proposed makeovers for the intersections of Cunard-Agricola-North Park (see below), Robie-Quinpool-Bell and North Park-Trollope-Cogswell-Ahern-Rainnie Drive.

Proposed Roundabout at Cunard-Agricola-North Park

The proposed roundabout at Cunard, Agricola and North Park, with the existing intersection shown inset. (Images created by HRM staff.)

Capoeira dancers take spin on Commons


HALIFAX — Sunday’s cycling festival at the Commons got some extra rhythm and movement from a group of capoeira dancers who played, grooved and mock-battled for much of the afternoon. Capoeira originated in Brazil and is considered a martial art and dance form.


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