Rural roads and quiet streets with low traffic volumes and low speeds can be comfortable environments for bicyclists and motorists to share the road with no special provisions.
Paved shoulders, generally 1.0 - 1.75m wide, can safely be used by bicyclists on many busier, faster roads and secondary highways.
Bike lanes, typically 1.5 - 1.8m wide, are designated exclusively for bicycles and can be effective on streets with higher traffic volumes and higher travel speeds. Local street bikeways use quiet neighbourhood streets as shared routes and incorporate special design features to make sharing the road safer and more comfortable for all road users.
Multi-use trails are typically 2 - 4m wide and are ideal places to ride a bicycle away from road traffic. Bicycle-friendly trails have a crushed stone or paved travel way and provide connection points with communities and access to amenities.
Clear and effective way-finding, on trails well suited for bicycles, will encourage more bicyclists to explore the many trails available to them. Collaborating with community trail associations will be fundamental to integrating strategic trails into the Blue Route network.
Bicycle Nova Scotia
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Department of Natural Resources
Department of Health and Wellness
Department of Energy
Tourism Nova Scotia
The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow