In honour of its 16th anniversary, Bruce Power is teaming up with the Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) to increase bicycle safety for local residents.
Bruce Power will donate $60,000 over the next two years to the association's Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park (KIPP) Trail, a 12 kilometre stretch that will allow local cycling enthusiasts to travel without traffic concerns. The development of this trail will eventually lead to a connection to the northern part of the Municipality of Kincardine, which is linked to the 78 km Bruce County Rail Trail, said Brad Kirkconnell, KTA Chair.
"Due to the high volume of vehicles using County Rd. 23 (B-Line) from Kincardine to Inverhuron, soft shoulders and varying sightlines, this road has been unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists," Kirkconnell said. "The first five kilometres of the proposed trail will be off the road and have a hard-top consistency, while the remaining seven kilometre stretch, starting at the Kin-Huron subdivision, will use quieter municipal roads, sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and existing trails."
Supporting the KIPP Trail extension was a natural fit for the company's Community Investment and Sponsorship Program, said James Scongack, Bruce Power's Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Environment.
"The safety of our employees and neighbours is our top priority, and it had concerned us for years to see cyclists using the B-Line, especially during peak traffic periods," Scongack said. "The KTA has worked tirelessly over the years to open off-road trails for our residents, and the KIPP Trail extension will encourage a healthier lifestyle for residents with the added benefit of creating safer passage for cycling enthusiasts."
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