Work to improve bike accessibility at the Alderney Ferry Terminal in Dartmouth is now complete.
Halifax Regional Municipality installed a bike-fixing station, new bike racks, a security camera and motion-activated doors at the ferry terminal. In addition, a path was paved to connect the terminal to the Dartmouth Waterfront Greenway Trail.
"The Alderney Ferry Terminal is such a pivotal point for everyday travel. These improvements will help encourage more people to consider taking their bikes on the ferry when they need to get across the harbour," said Andrew Younger, Minister of Energy, today, Nov. 28.
"It’s another good example of the results that can come from partnership and from a desire for more sustainable transportation options."
Through the Sustainable Transportation Strategy, government contributed $10,000 last year to the project. At that time, 12 successful applicants around in Halifax Regional Municipality were awarded grants totalling $570,976.
"Improving bike facilities in our region is an important step towards making cycling an attractive transportation option for residents," said Gloria McCluskey, municipal councillor for Dartmouth Centre. "This project in particular will help residents combine cycling and public transit on their daily commute, and further reduce traffic congestion on our already busy streets."
Improvements to the Alderney Ferry Terminal come in time to accommodate potentially heavier cyclist traffic on the ferry, as the MacDonald bridge bike lane will be closing in June until the end of 2016.
For more information on government's Sustainable Transportation Strategy, visit www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation