HALIFAX – There is something brewing on the streets of Halifax, and it smells like fresh paint. It seems that after long struggles with council over proper bike infrastructure, someone in this city is taking matters into their own hands. Literally, someone out there has taken a paint brush in hand and created sharrows on Maynard St. at Cunard and on Garrick Lane.
A sharrow (seen above) is a simple visual indication that bicyclists are going to be sharing the road. This type of creative public space transformation is part of a movement that goes by the name of the Urban Repair Squad — the likes of which have been popping up in cities from Toronto to São Paulo. According to their practical manual, the Urban Repair Squad aims to ensure polite sharing of the roadway while encouraging citizens to reclaim ownership and stewardship of their public space. So, citizens of Halifax, do you want to take ownership of the sharrows? Are there spaces you can think of that need some stewardship?
Photos by Emma Feltes