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Re: “Bike lane initiatives plagued with problems

A lot of businesses need some parking outside their property for moving hard to move items and also getting deliveries and dropping off Gran for lunch ... that type of thing.
I agree the bulk of people can afford to walk from a parking lot assuming there is one and thats the real problem here. Most business on the peninsular only have on street parking, there are very few parking lots.
Installing bike lanes on narrow streets does not work as business loses parking for their clients, but its no good for cyclists either as they have to swerve in and out of bike lanes when a delivery vehicle or service vehicle is parked there, and in a busy area thats an almost continual problem.
The use of calming side streets into a one way system for Halifax is probably the best option.
The side streets do not lose any parking and the street become multi use and traffic slowed down.

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Posted by the way it is on 11/01/2013 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Bike lane initiatives plagued with problems

err no Halifax is a capital city and HUB for the Maritimes. Many people live well outside walking and cycling range. We also have an ageing population who perhaps can not walk as far as they once could. Its not a matter of being lazy its a matter of doing what you are able and can.
There are other people to consider as well as cyclists. Also what about the 4 or 5 mths of winter we get here when these lanes will be empty not that they are not now.
Cycle lanes going by peoples homes are a problem also as many do not have driveway parking or maybe one vehicle. This all has the further consequence of dropping real estate values in the area.
If we had wide streets and could accommodate cycle lanes then that would be fine by most I am sure. Its not being against cyclists its a matter of logistics.

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Posted by the way it is on 10/31/2013 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Bike lane initiatives plagued with problems

Unfortunately thats simply not true. Public meetings were held to decide which route NOT if there should be one in the first place.
Perhaps you would like to comment as to how business can exist if people cannot stop outside their premises.
Lets face it this was pushed through without public support and thats why there is so much angst. Thats unfortunate and undemocratic.

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Posted by the way it is on 10/31/2013 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Bike lane initiatives plagued with problems

The number of cyclists in the metropolis is 1% of commuter traffic (source 2013 HRM study) in summer months. The numbers in winter 5mths are substantially lower.
This is virtually unchanged from surveys in earlier years.
Halifax is an old city with narrow streets and a huge parking problem for everyone else.
The public never had an option as to whether there should be cycle lanes or not as it was pushed through by the HCC and ATAC who are all cyclists.
Business on cycle routes can not afford to lose what little customer parking they have.
You can not shop at a store or restaurant if you can not park there. Thats the reality.

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Posted by the way it is on 10/31/2013 at 4:35 PM

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