Halifax Cycling Guide

Personal Project
Book Design, illustration
Location and date:
Halifax, NS, Canada / 2016

Halifax Cycling Guide is a result of Design Research course as a part of my study at NSCAD University. In this research, I tried to define the obstacles that stop immigrants from cycling and suggest a solution to overcome these obstacles.

Many of us in Halifax love to commute with a bike. Though, not all people feel safe to ride a bike in this city. For immigrants, their challenge is not just about safety but, also language, rules, and regulations. To add to that knowing the city and where to find a bike or get maintenance, are also some of the obstacles that many immigrants are facing.

Canada is welcoming thousands of immigrants every year from all around the world. Most immigrants are from countries like the UK, China, the Philippines, USA, India, Egypt, Israel, Bhutan, Iran, and Germany. The cultural diversity makes determining these obstacles even harder. For instance, in some cultures, it is not common for women to ride a bike. In some others, riding a bike without a helmet and lights is popular. Not to mention, some immigrants do not know how to ride a bike. Being in Canada stops some immigrants from cycling until they learn the Canadian traffic rules and regulations. Another barrier which most newcomers are facing with is language. Lack of language skill is stopping many immigrants from communicating with others and learn traffic rules.

This booklet is the result of my research and helps to overcome cycling obstacles for new arrivals by sharing information. In this booklet, I am sharing the most basic information anyone needs to start cycling. This booklet divided into three sections: First, Getting Around which is mostly about safety, do’s and don’ts and cycling rules and signs. Second, General Tips which introduces the bike anatomy and more safety points. Third, Halifax Bike Resources which sharing information about cycling organization or helps you to find or maintain your bike.