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Funding Supports Active Transportation Plan Development

Government will contribute $10,000 toward developing an eight-year active transportation plan that will provide Avon region residents with improved opportunities to remain active.

The towns of Windsor and Hantsport, and the Municipality of the District of West Hants are developing the Avon Region Active Transportation Plan to determine how best to connect existing networks and trails.

“Meaningful collaboration on active transportation plans means more healthy, safe, and sustainable travel options,” said MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Andrew Younger, Minister of Energy. “Active transportation plans can have a way of reinforcing community spirit and encouraging community activity.”

The region has held consultations, focus groups and a community bike and walk event, as well as posting an online survey.

“As municipalities, we have to make active transportation a priority and be ready to invest for the future,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley. “With the help of our partners, the Department of Energy and our new joint active transportation committee, we are making new strides toward healthier lifestyle choices.”

Upland and SNC Lavalin, the consultants hired to lead the plan development, will finish the research and proposed network and route design in early February. They will present a final report to the joint councils.

The Department of Health and Wellness previously contributed $5,000 toward the plan’s development through its Planning Assistance Program.

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     Government will contribute ten-thousand dollars toward

the development of an eight-year active transportation plan for

Avon region residents.

     The towns of Windsor and Hantsport, and the Municipality of

the District of West Hants are developing a plan that will

determine how best to connect existing networks and trails.

     The research and proposed network and route design will

finish in early February. A final report will be presented to

the joint councils.

Source: Release

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