A judge with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has dismissed an injunction filed by a popular hot dog entrepreneur.
The Dawgfather PHD wanted to stop the installation of a protected bike lane along University Avenue, claiming it would force his business to shut down.
Halifax Council first approved the protected bike lane in 2014.
But the project was stalled when the Dawgfather went to court against the municipality. Tuesday the ruling came out — the protected bike lane project will continue.
“We’re very pleased with the decision that was made today and that means we can move forward with the installation of that protected bike lane on both sides of University Avenue, between Robie Street and Lemarchant Street,” says Tiffany Chase, senior communications advisor with the City of Halifax.
The protected bike lane will be the second of its kind in the city. It’s a project led by the Halifax Cycling Coalition.
“A protected bike lane is a bike lane that’s separated from cars with some sort of barrier. In this case it’s going to be plastic posts just like on Rainnie Drive,” says Ben Wedge, the chair of the Halifax Cycling Coalition.
Wedge says protected lanes are proven to increase cycling in cities.
“We’re excited that this year is going to mean more people on bikes. More people that can leave the car at home and save a few dollars and save the environment,” said Wedge.
The Dawgfather PHD couldn’t be reached for comment on the decision.
But Wedge says he hopes the hot dog stand will continue even if it has to move.
“He seems like a pretty ingenious guy. He’s had this hot dog stand running for a few years so hopefully he can find a way to keep running his business,” said Wedge.