Community input sought on transportation habits

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TRURO – A local transportation steering committee wants to know how people are travelling within the area and how those modes of transportation can be improved.

Communication boards like this one in Brookfield will be located in a variety of public locations during the next few weeks, inviting residents to offer their input on transportation habits. Submitted photo

Erica Brook, project co-ordinator with a joint Truro, Bible Hill and Colchester County transportation steering committee, told the Truro Daily News that a number of fun, spontaneous community-based events will be held throughout the next two weeks in an effort to get transportation feedback from the public.

“We are making it fun to reach out to the community to get feedback to help us understand how people feel about the way they get around in the county and what would make it better,” said Brook.

Residents are encouraged to share how they get around – by car, walking, bicycling, etc. – by making use of the community outreach events. One such initiative is writing thoughts on a community chalkboard, which will be erected at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in a week. Chalkboards will also be available in Brookfield, moving to various locations throughout the community. In addition, a bicycle with yarn knitted on it will cycle throughout Tatamagouche to garner attention as well.

These feedback-based events are to “get people thinking about the issue of travel” before a Feb. 25 meeting. The meeting will be held at the First United Church hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will share information gathered from the various community feedback events.

“It will then directly result in a summer pilot project concerning bicycling or walking in rural areas,” said Brook, adding it’s also beneficial for people to consider the expense, health and potential dangers of using vehicles as their only form of transportation.

“The information we get will help develop programs for rural transportation. The province as a whole needs more, better information on this.”

For more information on the meeting, which will include live music, treats, a 50/50 draw for the United Way and transportation and child care options, and public outreach efforts, log onto www.whatgetsyouplaces.ca

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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