Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Cape Breton

Government is supporting an active transportation project in Petit-de-Grat that will make it easier and safer for residents to walk or bike along Route 206.

Energy Minister Michel Samson announced funding of $50,000 today, Oct. 3, for the Municipality of the County of Richmond from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.

With the Connect2 grant, $115,500 from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and $65,500 of its own funds, the municipality will widen paved road shoulders along Route 206 in Petit-de-Grat.

“We want to make it just as easy to walk, run, or bike from place to place as it is to drive or even easier,” said Mr. Samson. “This project is community-led and a great example of how sustainable transportation works best.”

The paved shoulder will give residents the option to walk or bike to key businesses, services and parks along Route 206, like the St. Joseph Credit Union, the Corner Bridge Store and Bakery, Université Sainte-Anne, and two ball fields and tennis courts.

“We are pleased that residents will now be able to walk or bike safely along a section of Route 206 in Petit De Grat, connecting many of the area’s businesses and recreational and community facilities,” said Warden Victor David. “We couldn’t have realized it without the support of the Department of Energy Connect2 program and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.”

Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province.

More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017.

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