[KJI’Puktuk/Halifax] – This morning, the Halifax Harbour Bridge Commission (HHB) announced that the sidewalk and bicycle lane on the MacDonald Bridge have been opened for public use following the closures as part of the Big Life project. Though there were delays in reopening the walking and cycling access on the Bridge, the Ecology Action Centre says they are happy to see the sidewalk and bike lane finally return.
“Being up there this morning, it was clear from the smiles and cheers that people are very excited to once again be able to walk or cycle across.” says Eliza Jackson, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator. “We applaud HHB for working to re-establish access for walking and cycling on the MacDonald Bridge so that people have access to reliable transportation options.”
Later this year, HRM staff will be coming to Regional Council with recommendations for a more accessible connection to the Bridge for people cycling. The current configuration, which involves a steep climb from Barrington Street, acts as a barrier for many who want to cycle across the MacDonald Bridge.
“The Bridge is really a key connection for people who live, work, and play on either side of the Harbour,” Jackson continues. “The Municipality has a responsibility for ensuring that connection is something that all people can access by bike, regardless of their ability or experience cycling.”
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