KINGSTON, ON, Nov. 17, 2023 /CNW/ - New road safety measures, signage, and safety zones surrounding schools will be implemented in Kingston thanks to the investment of $240,000 from the federal government. A Master Trail and Active Transportation Plan for Trent University in Peterborough will also be developed after a federal investment of $50,000.
Announced by Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, these projects will provide students of all ages with opportunities to actively travel to and from school safely. Improvements to road safety around schools in Kingston will encourage families, students, and staff to walk or bike because the measures will help assuage any safety concerns about doing so.
This project has already seen new road pavement markings and speed reduction measures at more than 40 elementary and secondary schools.
The development of the Trent Master Trail and Active Transportation Plan will also support the creation of new opportunities for students to actively go to and come from university. This project will create a plan to expand the existing trail system through, and within, Trent. Once the expansion is completed, the trails would connect students with 11 existing nature areas on campus, while also providing them with a green and sustainable route to travel by.
This investment is part of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy, which aims to create and improve pathways, bike lanes, and pedestrian bridges all over the country. It's a big step towards healthier living, bringing communities closer together, and building a better connected Canada for us all.
"Our government is committed to promoting healthier lifestyles, while doing everything we can to keeping Canadians safe. I am proud that the investments announced today will do both, and will go a long way towards creating safer and closer-knit communities in Kingston and Peterborough."
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
"Investing in active transportation is an investment into the well being of our communities. These trails and routes will encourage people to be active, travel throughout their communities and enjoy surrounding nature. These two projects will provide students of all ages with a vital opportunity to travel to school safely and sustainably."
Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands
"Improving road safety and supporting active travel to school are significant priorities for the City of Kingston. Community Safety Zones, speed limit reductions, and pavement markings are all important tools to improve safety for students and their families. We appreciate the partnership with the federal government to continue this important work."
His Worship Bryan Paterson, Mayor of the City of Kingston
"We are looking forward to expanding the University's well-loved trail system to better connect us to the surrounding community, enabling more active transportation options, like walking and cycling, for our students, staff and faculty."
Julie Davis, Vice-President, External Relations and Development, Trent University
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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada