East Preston residents could soon have more ways to get to local businesses and services, without using their cars, through support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Aug. 24, $11,500 for East Preston Day Care Centre to develop a plan that will increase active transportation and transit use in the area.
“Having a solid plan is the foundation for building the infrastructure needed to give people more options to walk and cycle in their community,” said Mr. Colwell. “By looking at new ways to lower emissions from transportation, East Preston is building on Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the fight against climate change.”
The project will look at ways to build capacity and identify mobility opportunities in the area.
“I’m excited for the possibilities an active transportation plan will bring to the community,” said Mike Brownlow, board chair of the centre. “Everyone in the community benefits when they’re able to walk, wheel and bike safely. We’re really pleased to receive this funding and eager to get this plan moving.”
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 .