The South Park Street bicycle lanes are being upgraded and extended to create an “all-ages-and-abilities” cycling connection between Sackville Street and Inglis Street. The South Park Street facility will feature one-way protected bicycle lanes on each side of the street, with a wide buffer and pre-cast concrete curb to separate bicycle and vehicle traffic. This route will eventually connect to other planned bicycle corridors, including a new facility on University Avenue/Morris Street and enhanced bicycle lanes on Bell Road.
Halifax Transit provides service on South Park Street with Routes 4, 10 and 14. Where bicycle lanes intersect with transit stops, the shared bus stop-bicycle lane will feature:
- A ramp in the bicycle lane to bring it to sidewalk height.
- A shared bicycle lane-transit platform at sidewalk height.
- Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI) to ensure that people with vision impairments are aware they are crossing the bicycle lane.
- Pavement markings and signage to warn people cycling to slow down and yield to people boarding and exiting the bus.
There will be changes in the number and location of parking spaces on South Park Street as a result of this project. Where space permits, existing parking lanes will be moved away from the curb to create parking-protected bicycle lanes. From Spring Garden Road to South Street, there will continue to be short-term metered parking on both sides of the street. From South Street to Inglis Street, there will be on-street parking on the east side of the street only. Other changes to parking includes a small “permit parking only” zone and additional short-term parking on side streets for visitors to the area. The staff report for this project includes more information about the parking changes.