Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Halifax NS - Bike lane plans thwarted by Spryfield businesses, residents

"It was a battle," admits Bruce Cooke, chairman of communications for the Spryfield and District Business Commission, after Halifax Regional Council nixed plans to reduce a section of Herring Cove Road to two lanes from four lanes to allow room for a bike path.

In a report to Halifax council on July 6, traffic manager Ken Reashor recommended the bike lanes be added to a 900-metre stretch of Herring Cove Road between Old Sambro Road and Hartlen Avenue this summer when the street is resurfaced.

While HRM traffic counts concluded removing two lanes would cause no significant impact on capacity or delay, Spryfield businesses argued the street is already congested, and more delays would force commuters off Herring Cove Road and onto other streets hurting their businesses and costing jobs.

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