Trail priorities should match life priorities
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.