Grant fund­ing se­cured

Kentville de­vel­op­ing long-range ac­tive trans­porta­tion plan

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY CHRIS SAULNIER KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

An­napo­lis Val­ley res­i­dents will soon have more in­cen­tive to get out­side and get around us­ing ac­tive trans­porta­tion thanks to sup­port in the form of a $37,500 grant.

The money was se­cured through the province’s sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion grant pro­gram, Con­nect2.

Keith Irv­ing, MLA for Kings South, an­nounced the grant Aug. 21 at Eaves Hol­low, a sought-out des­ti­na­tion for those look­ing to en­joy one trails.

“This is all about ac­tive trans­porta­tion and get­ting folks out of their cars,” said Irv­ing. “It’s not only good for the en­vi­ron­ment to get out of our cars, but good for our health and our well­be­ing.”

Of the grant, $22,500 will go to the Town of Kentville and be put to­ward de­vel­op­ing an ac­tive trans­porta­tion plan, said Ju­lia Stephen­son, ac­tive liv­ing com­mu­nity co- or­di­na­tor with the Town of Kentville.

“This money will help us de­velop a new ac­tive trans­porta­tion plan, so we can work with of Kentville’s many the con­sul­tant to de­velop the plan for how, over the next 10 to 15 years, we’re go­ing to be work­ing on ac­tive trans­porta­tion in Kentville,” said Stephen­son.

“So that will help us get some sense of what in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­i­ties we have, what pol­icy pri­or­i­ties we need, as well as how we can man­age some ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion around get­ting peo­ple aware of, and us­ing, ac­tive trans­porta­tion.”

Ac­tive trans­porta­tion is any form of hu­man-pow­ered trans­porta­tion, such as walk­ing, cy­cling, long­board­ing, us­ing a wheel­chair, snow­shoe­ing — and more.

The re­main­ing $15,000 of the grant will be used by PBJ De­sign, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of Nova Sco­tia, to raise aware­ness of ac­tive trans­porta­tion in the An­napo­lis Val­ley.

The Con­nect2 pro­gram, which is run by the Depart­ment of Mines and En­ergy, sup­ports com­mu­nity-driven projects that im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity within two kilo­me­tres or less be­tween key com­mu­nity assets.

The Con­nect2 projects re­ceiv­ing fund­ing in Nova Sco­tia this year are slated for com­ple­tion by March 2019.

CHRIS SAULNIER

Coun. Eric Bol­land, Coun. Cate Sav­age, Deputy Mayor Lynn Pul­sifer, Kings South MLA Keith Irv­ing, and Coun. Cathy Maxwell re­cently at­tended an ac­tive trans­porta­tion fund­ing an­nounce­ment in Kentville.

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