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Two-wheeling: Another bike lane coming to downtown Halifax this summer

HRM officials have unveiled the plans for a new bike lane running from Cogswell to South Street along Hollis Street, and say it could be in place by the end of the summer.

The city hosted two open houses Thursday to provide specific information to business owners and residents about where parking spaces and loading zones will be relocated in order to make way for the bike lane on the west side of the street.

“Some people … have come out just for the reasons we wanted, can you move parking and loading here,” said HRM Active Transportation coordinator Hanita Koblents. “That's the nitty gritty details that we were hoping to work out.”

Feedback from a steady stream of residents and business owners who came to the afternoon open house at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was generally positive, with minor recommendations for improvements.

One popular idea was placing the bike lane between the curb and parking spaces, so cars provided a buffer between cyclists and traffic.

“Do it as a pilot,” suggested Halifax resident and cyclist Bill Campbell, noting it could be done on the quiet block between Morris and South. “It's a little paint, it doesn't work out, you paint over the paint and shift it back.”

Koblents said staff will review all feedback gathered at the open house and via the online portal at shapeyourcityhalifax.ca before proceeding with installation.

She said it’s hoped the bike lane will be ready for use in August.