Province an­nounces sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion grant for Amherst

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY -

Peo­ple in Amherst will be bet­ter con­nected to com­mu­nity hubs with sup­port from the province’s sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion grant pro­gram, Con­nect2.

On Fri­day, En­ergy Min­is­ter Ge­off MacLel­lan an­nounced $20,000 for the Town of Amherst’s bike lane and path net­work.

“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.”

Fund­ing was also an­nounced for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Colch­ester to cre­ate a multi-use path for walk­ing or cy­cling ex­tend­ing from Ro­bie Street to Truro Heights Road and the Cobe­quid Trail.

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

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