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Greenways Nova Scotia

Trails for Long Life!

Active Transportation involves everyone!
The future can be more walking, cycling, group and fundraising
activities on trails for active, healthy fun, living! However that may
not be the trend in Nova Scotia if the right decisions are not made
NOW.

AT is not a special interest, nor a city slicker trend, it is
connecting all of our communities by walking, cycling, wheel chair,
strollers, cross country skiing, roller blading and skate boarding.

More Nova Scotians want AT use as the priority for primary, linear
corridors throughout Nova Scotia. Almost all of the rail trails in
Canada, United States, Europe and Australia are non motorized. The NS
PACTS represent bringing AT opportunities to all people. Motorized use
deters all other uses (AT) mostly because of noise, dust and safety
issues. An off highway vehicle has a significant higher speed and has a
higher weight mass which impacts on safety and user compatibility with
AT users being much more vulnerable than the machine. A surface width
for AT standard is 4 metres, this does not leave much room for people to
be out of the way if a motorized vehicle is coming through.

What do we suggest?
OHV use and AT use are not compatible on the same recreational
facility, therefore a solution would be for OHV associations and
government to carry out planning, community consultation and development
of 'Special OHV Designations'. There are some amazing opportunities
for such a vision.
The OHV associations can be directed (facilitated) in acquiring more
land parcels attached to Crown Lands to develop major OHV destinations
that can be sustainable without compromising Active Transportation,
safety, residential peace and the environment.

At present, the NS OHV committe has funding that leads to significant
pressures put upon existing AT trail associations to become 'Shared
Use'.

Why is Nova Scotia Special?
NS Trails is often an advisory board to the Province on trailmatters.
NS Trails however is mandated to represent all uses, including motorized
use. The Nova Scotia government addressed the 'high risk' factor of
OHV’s on 'Shared use' trails by subsidizing a one million dollar
insurance policy so that 'Shared Use' Trails are under one blanket
policy between the Province, NS Trails (who represent all trail
associations across Nova Scotia), and the Insurance company.

The Rail Trails are on Crown Lands, legislated under the Crown Lands
Act which basically has no limitations that help manage a recreational
facility which trails are.
The Trails Act is similiar to a Parks Act and consists of manageable
rules and regulations however it is not being implemented on the Rail
Trails because it excludes off highway vehcile use. We want the
Province to adopt the Trails Act to the Rail Trails!

Nova Scotians should be aware that many trail developing volunteers are not OHV users.
The province promotes AT use and benefits however building the
infrastructure for AT needs to be discussed in a truthful, serious, non
biased and non political venue.