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Cycling group gets $50,000 to study Nelson-Castlegar route

Cycling group gets $50,000 to study Nelson-Castlegar route

The Nelson to Playmor Junction section of the Castlegar–Nelson Active Transportation Network Vision. The vision document also includes maps of four other segments between Nelson…

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The Nelson to Playmor Junction section of the Castlegar–Nelson Active Transportation Network Vision. The vision document also includes maps of four other segments between Nelson and Castlegar. Map: West Kootenay Cycling Coalition A local cycling group has received a $50,000 grant to look into the feasibility of a low-carbon mix of walking, cycling, bus, and passenger rail modes of transport between Nelson and Castlegar.

The plan envisions a network of bike paths separated from traffic, as well as transit stops, ties to other regional trails, a footbridge across the Kootenay River at Taghum, utilization of community halls as hubs along the way, and even an electric passenger train.

How feasible is this? The West Kootenay Cycling Coalition (WKCC) will use the grant money to pay an expert consultant to find the answer.

The WKCC’s Solita Work says the plan is ambitious, but she thinks the group should aim high.

“We have the technology to move to a lower carbon way of living, but we just haven’t built the infrastructure to support that,” she said. Overview map of the Castlegar–Nelson Active Transportation Network Vision. The proposal also contains detailed maps of five different segments of the route. Map: West Kootenay Cycling Coalition The WKCC’s plan is described in more detail at https://bit.ly/3Ae7HuM .

The grant came from the Infrastructure Canada Active Transportation Fund, which is providing $400 million over five years to support a transportation shift away from fossil fuels.

The federal government requires grant applicants to have a municipal government partner to apply for the […]

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