Cape Breton students and residents will have access to more cycling infrastructure and multi-use path information with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.
Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced today, Aug. 20, $36,500 to improve and create additional bike lanes, to buy bike racks for buses and to collect data on the Grand Lake Road multi-use path.
“These projects improve our neighbourhoods and reduce the need for students and residents to rely on their cars to get to the services and facilities they use every day,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Keeping more cars in park builds on Nova Scotia’s position as a climate change leader by reducing our emissions even further.”
Funding for the bike lanes and racks will go to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, while Velo Cape Breton will study the path which joins Cape Breton University and the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi Campus to the Mayflower Mall.
“Funding from the province’s Connect2 program is a welcomed announcement for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, that will further augment the development of active transportation in our community,” said Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke.
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.
This year, Connect2 will invest more than $600,000 to support 21 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March 2019.
For more information about Connect2, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .