People in Cumberland and Colchester counties will be better connected to community hubs with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.
Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Aug. 25, $20,000 for the Town of Amherst’s bike lane and path network, and $60,000 for the Municipality of Colchester’s multi-use path.
“As we move to a cleaner energy future, we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Projects like the two announced today improve our neighborhoods and help us reduce our emissions by making it easier to walk or cycle from place to place.”
The Town of Amherst will develop bicycle lanes along key streets, including bicycle racks and signs. Funds will also be used to expand the multi-use path network connecting businesses, schools and parks.
“This funding will help us develop the town’s very first bicycle lanes along some of our busiest streets and expand our existing paths,” said Amherst Mayor David Kogon. “We can all benefit from a healthier lifestyle, while reducing our emissions through active transportation.”
The Municipality of Colchester will create a multi-use path for walking or cycling extending from Robie Street to Truro Heights Road and the Cobequid Trail.
“We know that people are more likely to get out and walk or cycle when there are safe options available to them, especially in high traffic areas,” said Municipality of Colchester Mayor Christine Blair. “On top of that, we are also encouraging healthy living and improving our environment.”
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 support about 22 projects. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018.
For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.