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PE Government: Inviting public input into active transportation fund

Press Release

Government is looking for suggestions on how to encourage more walking and cycling in Prince Edward Island communities, through financial support from the active transportation fund.

The active transportation fund is a $25 million investment over five years that will support priority active transportation infrastructure throughout the province.

“We want to hear from Islanders on how we can make active transportation easier – whether that’s through new walking and bike paths, installing or widening paved shoulders, or better connecting existing walking and cycling trails. We know Islanders have great ideas and it’s important to get a full picture of their priorities as we work our way through the planning process.”

– Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers

Government has received initial feedback on active transportation improvements from community groups and municipalities. Early suggestions include:

  • Shoulder-installation in Mill River, Brackley, North Rustico, Mermaid, Georgetown and Stratford
  • Cycling path expansions at Gairloch and Cardigan
  • Bike racks and shoulder-widening in O’Leary
  • Expanded walking/cycling paths in Charlottetown and Summerside

Government will be taking suggestions from Islanders, municipalities, Indigenous communities and community groups over the next five years. Plans will be updated annually and priority projects will be implemented each construction season.

“Sustainable transportation is a priority and we need to begin right away in order to get started during the 2020 construction season,” said Minister Myers.  “Together, we can reduce our transportation emissions, while helping communities build much needed infrastructure and helping Islanders get active.”

To share ideas with the active transportation working group, email [email protected] (link sends e-mail)
The active transportation fund is part of the Sustainable Transportation Action Plan to reduce transportation emissions while encouraging more walking, cycling and community transit.

Media contact:
Katie MacDonald
Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
902-314-3996
[email protected] (link sends e-mail)

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