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Active Transportation Policy & Planning

Active Transportation policy and planning work are important long-term strategies for shaping and connecting how we move around in our communities. The Ecology Action Centre’s Transportation Team has developed tools and resources to support the development of plans, infrastructure and programming as well as advocating for just policies for all road users.

Nova Scotia's Active Transportation Future

Nova Scotia's Active Transportation Future

What would a more walkable, rollable, and bikeable Nova Scotia look like? 

Explore these maps of pedestrian and bike infrastructure proposed in plans across the province! 

The maps are updated quarterly to track the implementation status of proposed infrastructure and add recently proposed projects to the map. See what projects are proposed in your community and check back to follow their progress. 

Nova Scotia committed “to complete core active transportation networks that are accessible for all ages and all abilities in 65% of the province’s communities by 2030.”  in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act. The Nova Scotia’s Active Transportation Future maps will monitor, and improve coordination, to achieve this goal. 

Atlantic Active Alliance

Atlantic Active Alliance

The Atlantic Active Alliance is a network for community practitioners working on active transportation projects across Nova Scotia. This alliance emerged in 2018 after local AT advocates identified a need for better collaboration and knowledge sharing across the province. This alliance allows interested locals to learn about events and webinars, access useful funding resources and best practices, and hear about projects happening across Nova Scotia.

Visit the Active Alliance Website!

Nova Scotia's Traffic Safety Act

Nova Scotia's Traffic Safety Act

Nova Scotia is developing a Traffic Safety Act with more attention to the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users. This new legislation will replace the Motor Vehicle Act and has been in development through an ongoing consultation process since 2020. 

The Traffic Safety Act, as drafted, enables the implementation of cross-rides and bike traffic light signals protect, prioritize, and promote biking at signaled intersections. 

Permanently attached children's seats on adult bikes will be allowed under the Traffic Safety Act, giving parents and caregivers more car-free options for traveling with children. 

The Traffic Safety Act also introduces language that defines Dooring and Right-Hooks as enforceable offences. Neither opening car doors into bike lanes, nor passing a cyclist to make a right turn through the cyclist’s path is currently prohibited in the Motor Vehicle Act, though they are common causes of injury and fatality for people who bike. The Traffic Safety Act’s language prohibits both these maneuvers, which will not prevent drivers from endangering vulnerable road users but will allow for more driver accountability. 

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Municipal Policy Development & Template

Municipal Policy Development & Template

A municipal policy outlines goals and provides some high-level direction towards meeting them. 

An Active Transportation Policy allows a community to formally recognize its active transportation needs, establish guiding principles, and commit to next steps towards meeting its active transportation needs. 

The staff time and/or funding to develop a more detailed active transportation plan is not readily available in most communities that do not yet have an active transportation plan. 

Adopting an Active Transportation Policy demonstrates a commitment to active transportation that will improve eligibility for provincial and federal funding to develop active transportation plans. 

With the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Ecology Action Centre developed a template and guide for creating an Active Transportation Policy in your community. 

Access the Active Transportation policy template here!