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Cape Breton cyclists wonder why active transportation wheels are turning so slowly

Cape Breton cyclists wonder why active transportation wheels are turning so slowly

Velo Cape Breton vice-president Andree Crepeau, right, and members of the cycling group attend the CBRM’s special council meeting Tuesday. Crepeau said many people are…

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Velo Cape Breton vice-president Andree Crepeau, right, and members of the cycling group attend the CBRM’s special council meeting Tuesday. Crepeau said many people are wondering why the CBRM’s active transportation plans have seemingly stalled in recent years. Chris Connors/Cape Breton Post SYDNEY, N.S. — A local cycling group is wondering why the Cape Breton Regional Municipality seems to be spinning its wheels when it comes to active transportation.

About a dozen members of Velo Cape Breton, many wearing cycling gear, attended a special council meeting Tuesday to hear an update on the municipality’s active transportation plan.

Velo Cape Breton vice-president Andree Crepeau said they are waiting to see the latest draft of the plan and to find out why there hasn’t been any major active transportation infrastructure added in recent years.

“I don’t (know) what’s in the draft, and that’s an issue because they’ve been working on this for half a year and we’ve had about three hours of opportunity to give input,” she said.

“The other issue (is) the municipality has not spent any money on active transportation infrastructure for the last three years because we’re waiting for the plan. At the same time, the province and the federal government have made millions of dollars available. We’re basically the only municipality that has not taken advantage of that in the last few years. So our concern is: are we going to get on the bandwagon? It’s important for climate change and green energy so this is the time to be putting […]

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