New Glasgow Blue Route Hubs Phase 1 & 2 Public Engagement Survey
Public Engagement Survey Now Open
People who cycle in New Glasgow will have more opportunities to ride safely in the coming years. Working with Bicycle Nova Scotia, the Town of New Glasgow is planning a network of safe, convenient cycling routes that will be comfortable for people of all ages and people with disabilities. As part of Bicycle Nova Scotia’s Blue Route Hubs project, the network will also finalize plans for connecting the Blue Route in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia’s network of connected cycling routes. From June 30th to July 18th New Glasgow residents are encouraged to participate in an online survey to share their input. Take the survey at the Blue Route website.
Why Blue Route Hubs is Important
Cycling has grown in popularity as both a form of transportation to get to work, school, and appointments, and as a form of recreation to get some fresh air and physical activity. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, bike shops have been selling out and used bikes are harder to come by. The increased demand for cycling was sparked by the inability to travel outside one’s local area, the closing of indoor fitness facilities, and cycling being a naturally socially-distanced outdoor activity where there is low risk of contracting the coronavirus. People have rediscovered the joy of cycling.
The Blue Route Hubs Project includes three phases. First, Bicycle Nova Scotia’s Active Transportation Planner leads the community through a planning process to develop three connected cycling routes that would create a basic cycling network. Then local residents and stakeholders identify which route should be the first priority for implementing safe cycling infrastructure, and finally the Active Transportation Planner develops a concept design for the priority route. The Town can take the concept design and apply for funding from other levels of government to support detailed design and construction of the cycling route. Through this partnership, towns along the provincial Blue Route are supported to develop cycling plans that are easy to implement and rooted in community needs.
If you live in New Glasgow or surrounding areas, Bicycle Nova Scotia wants to hear from you about priority cycling routes in Town.