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Kentville exploring active transportation link options


KENTVILLE - There could soon be a new way to explore Kentville’s downtown core.

The Town of Kentville is looking into the possibility of establishing an active transportation connector route, potentially a protected bike lane, that will run east-west throughout the downtown.

The goal is to address a gap by developing a route that will connect to either end of the existing Rails to Trails system.

Halifax-based consulting firm WSP is in the process of creating concepts and gathering information for a report that will include some recommendations regarding the proposed connector.

Rachel Bedingfield, director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, anticipates this report will be submitted in March.

“From then we’ll gather information and present it to council and council can make a decision on where to go from there,” said Bedingfield.

“There will be an opportunity for the general population to see what the recommendations were and to provide feedback, but right now we’re engaging with specific stakeholders.”

If the trail is developed as a protected bike lane, Bedingfield said this would create a more user-friendly option for cyclists who don’t feel comfortable sharing the roads with motor vehicles.

“There’s a lot of benefits,” she said.

The connector would ultimately result in more people travelling through Kentville by increasing the amount of active transportation traffic in the downtown core, Bedingfield added.

“That’s really exciting,” she said.

“It also, depending on what direction we go with, has the ability to change the way that people experience downtown Kentville.”

The Town of Kentville is looking into the possibility of establishing an active transportation connector route, potentially a protected bike lane, that will run east-west throughout the downtown.

The goal is to address a gap by developing a route that will connect to either end of the existing Rails to Trails system.

Halifax-based consulting firm WSP is in the process of creating concepts and gathering information for a report that will include some recommendations regarding the proposed connector.

Rachel Bedingfield, director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, anticipates this report will be submitted in March.

“From then we’ll gather information and present it to council and council can make a decision on where to go from there,” said Bedingfield.

“There will be an opportunity for the general population to see what the recommendations were and to provide feedback, but right now we’re engaging with specific stakeholders.”

If the trail is developed as a protected bike lane, Bedingfield said this would create a more user-friendly option for cyclists who don’t feel comfortable sharing the roads with motor vehicles.

“There’s a lot of benefits,” she said.

The connector would ultimately result in more people travelling through Kentville by increasing the amount of active transportation traffic in the downtown core, Bedingfield added.

“That’s really exciting,” she said.

“It also, depending on what direction we go with, has the ability to change the way that people experience downtown Kentville.”

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