Nova Scotia

Argyle Street pedestrian thoroughfare gets committee nod

A city transportation committee has given a thumbs up to a proposal to cut traffic lanes on part of downtown Halifax’s Argyle Street and turn it into a pedestrian thoroughfare.

Trial would cut traffic lanes in bar and restaurant district, make more room for strolling

An artist's rendition of a more pedestrian-friendly Argyle Street during a summer night. (halifax.ca)

A city transportation committee has given a thumbs up to a proposal to cut traffic lanes on part of downtown Halifax’s Argyle Street and turn it into a pedestrian thoroughfare.

Planners want to hand much of the street, which hosts a series of restaurants and bars and will soon be home to the Nova Centre, to pedestrians, with just one lane available for vehicles that need to pass through.

The final decision rests with regional council.

Several business owners on Argyle Street are supportive, as are some pedestrians.

“I think that would a great idea,” says Mary-Ann Hudec, who often strolls down the street.

“I've been to cities with pedestrian malls and they work really well. I think we need to get more people down to the downtown. I think it would be a great idea.”

The proposal heading to council recommends a trial project between Blowers and Sackville streets.

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