Government announced today, Dec. 14, support for sustainable transportation projects in Wedgeport and Shelburne to help connect residents to community hubs and promote active living.
“We’re proud to support projects that help build strong, healthy communities,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Families and people of all ages will benefit from options that encourage outdoor activities like walking and cycling.”
The Town of Shelburne will receive $40,000 from Connect2, the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, to create a bike lane between Falls Lane and Upper Water Street.
“The Town of Shelburne wants to promote cycling and other forms of active transportation,” said Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall. “With the support of the Department of Energy’s Connect2 program, we are one step closer to the goal of improving bicycle safety on town streets. We hope our improved public infrastructure encourages more people to walk, cycle and enjoy everything our town has to offer.”
With support from all levels of government, the Wedgeport Tuna Museum will make improvements to the Wedgeport Nature Trail. The Government of Canada’s $39,183 contribution is through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150).
The province is contributing $20,000 from the Recreation Facility Development Grant, and $5,000 from Connect2. Some of the upgrades include repairs to the boardwalk and installation of a new trail map and interpretive signs.
“Enhancements to the Wedgeport Nature Trail are attracting a new clientele to Wedgeport and surrounding communities,” said Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova. “During their stay, visitors are supporting local businesses, relaxing in bed and breakfasts and benefitting from the positive effects of time spent outdoors in natural surroundings. The CIP150 program is delivered through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with a focus on renovating, expanding, or improving existing community and cultural infrastructure.”
“The Wedgeport Nature Trail has always had historic importance to the Acadians of the village,” said Ellen Cottreau, committee chair. “These improvements will encourage families and visitors to learn about the trail’s history while enjoying the outdoors and the views of the Tusket Islands.”
For more information, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.