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Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Northern Nova Scotia

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Residents in Northern Nova Scotia will have more ways to walk or cycle to key areas in their communities with support from the province's sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.

Finance Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Aug. 31, $83,900 for three projects that support physical mobility options.

“We know that people are more likely to walk, run or cycle within their communities when the right infrastructure is in place,” said Ms. Casey. “These projects will help residents choose healthier transportation options, while reducing carbon emissions for all Nova Scotians.”

The Springhill Communities in Bloom Committee will receive $50,000 to create a two-kilometre trail.

“The project will see the development of a safe and accessible walking path around the pit pond property, with connectivity links to key assets around the community,” said Warden Allison Gillis of the Municipality of Cumberland. “The path will provide significant opportunity for safe physical activity in our county while connecting people with the history of Springhill’s mining heritage.”

The Town of Pictou will receive $28,900 to implement active transportation projects, and the Town of New Glasgow will also receive $5,000 to study the Samson, Pioneer and Johnny Miles Trails.

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 invest more than $600,000 to support 21 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March 2019.

For more information about Connect2, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .