Trail pri­or­i­ties should match life pri­or­i­ties

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

In the Oc­to­ber 21 Chron­i­cle Her­ald there were two let­ters di­rected at ATV us­age in the prov­ince and the re­sult­ing neigh­bor­hood noise. What we should re­ally be talk­ing about is the im­pli­ca­tion of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles on multi-use trails, which have been proven to de­ter res­i­dents from par­tic­i­pat­ing in out­door phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The doc­tors in the prov­ince rec­og­nize that walk­ing and bi­cy­cling form the core ac­tiv­i­ties of a phys­i­cally ac­tive cul­ture and should be top pri­or­ity when de­vel­op­ing pub­lic trails and path­ways.

Phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity is a grow­ing con­cern in our prov­ince and the as­so­ci­a­tion wants all Nova Sco­tians to feel safe while walk­ing, hik­ing, cycling or crosscoun­try ski­ing on res­i­den­tial trails. Doc- tors Nova Sco­tia en­cour­ages you to con­sider the value of other non-mo­tor­ized means of en­joy­ing the out­doors, be­ing healthy and stay­ing safe.

Non-mo­tor­ized ac­tiv­i­ties need to be a pri­or­ity on our trails and in our prov­ince. It’s very con­cern­ing to physi­cians that Nova Sco­tians are be­ing dis­cour­aged from par­tic­i­pat­ing in trail ac­tiv­i­ties due to the pres­ence of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles.

It’s es­ti­mated that 50 per cent of Nova Sco­tians don’t get enough ex­er­cise to main­tain their phys­i­cal health. Al­though, there is no easy so­lu­tion to the trail de­bate, ac­tive trans­porta­tion needs to be rec­og­nized. It’s time our trail pri­or­i­ties match up with our life pri­or­i­ties.

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