Blue Route Network

 

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The Plan

This map presents the latest version of Blue Route network plans prepared by Bicycle Nova Scotia and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Review and development of the network is an ongoing process. The map illustrates plans for the Blue Route, focusing on Provincial roads and trails on Crown Land.  Gaps between routes shown on the map, including those in areas outside provincial jurisdiction, will be connected as local area plans are completed.

Open Routes

Truro Area to Pictou
This segment connects Pictou to the East Mountain in Bible Hill (Truro Area) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.

Masstown to Wallace
The second segment of the Blue Route to open, this route connects Masstown to Wallace. It is a 55km stretch of road weaving through the beautiful Wentworth Valley that features freshly paved shoulders on Nova Scotia Trunk 4 and a shared roadway on the quiet Route 307.

Route Selection

Route selection was based on the planning priorities listed below and incorporates input from meetings and consultations with stakeholders around the province. Route planning priorities include:

  • Connecting communities and important destinations along a province-wide spine for bicycle transportation
  • Availability and accessibility of services along the corridor
  • Accessibility and utility of the corridor to local communities
  • Scenic views and topographic qualities that lend themselves to special cycling experiences
  • Incorporating established bicycle routes that are well used today
  • Coordination with local and regional plans where goals align, including active transportation plans or priorities, development of Nova Scotia Destination Trails, and the Trans Canada Trail
  • Potential to provide a safe, comfortable bicycling experience based on existing conditions or the feasibility of upgrading infrastructure to an appropriate level of service in the future
  • Providing a diversity of route types to accommodate a broad range of users

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Blue Route planning contact: [email protected]

Map created by Bicycle Nova Scotia