Port Hawkesbury Receives Funding to Connect the Blue Route
On Thursday June 18th 2021, $3 million of government funding was announced that will connect the Blue Route through Port Hawkesbury. All three levels of government will be contributing to this project, which is being funded through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.
Over the past year, Bicycle Nova Scotia has been working with Port Hawkesbury to develop a plan for a connected network of safe cycling infrastructure which connects the Blue Route through the town, and connects local residents to the places they want to go by bike. With this funding, Port Hawkesbury will be able to implement the plans developed through the Blue Route Hubs project, and bring us one step closer to a connected cycling network in Nova Scotia.
Bicycle Nova Scotia is excited to see this work move forward, thanks to leadership at all three levels of government.
“With these new clean transportation options, more people will be able to get outside and move around in ways that promote better health and a cleaner environment. These new options will promote a healthy community and will attract visitors pursuing an active lifestyle.”
The Honourable Iain Rankin, Premier of Nova Scotia
“Increasing safe, accessible active transportation options helps to reduce emissions by encouraging people to keep their cars at home.”
The Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Active Transportation Minister, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister, the Honourable Chuck Porter
“Our council knows that an active community is a healthier community. These seven kilometers of active transportation connectors will enable more citizens and visitors to enjoy our town’s businesses, green spaces, waterfront and residential areas and to add even more options for engagement in healthy and active lifestyles, no matter their age or level of ability.”
Her Worship Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, Mayor of Port Hawkesbury