Three active transportation paths proposed for Cavendish, Stanley Bridge

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RESORT MUNICIPALITY – Mayor Matthew Jelley is hoping the municipality's active transportation paths that council has in the works are approved.

The Resort Municipality council recently applied to P.E.I.'s active transportation fund to potentially build three new roadside paths in two of its communities, Cavendish and Stanley Bridge. The multi-purpose paths would be suitable for pedestrians of cyclists.

Jelley, who also chairs the municipality's trails and paths committee, believes the proposed projects would complement the region's existing trail and walkway network. As well, more connectivity is needed for its rising population of residents, many of whom have been looking for more ways to get outdoors during COVID-19, he said.

"That's not going to go out of style after the pandemic, so we want to continue investing for the long-term."

Two of the proposed paths are for Cavendish. One would run along the south side of the main Cavendish Road, Route 6, from the Route 13 intersection to about the Sunset Campground. There's already a walkway along the north side, so crosswalks could be added to connect the two.

The other would run along Cawnpore Lane, starting from the Route 6 and Route 13 intersection and ending down at the entrance to Prince Edward Island National Park's Oceanview lookoff.

The proposed "pier to pier" path for Stanley Bridge would run from the Inn at the Pier down to the actual pier's harbour authority. There's also a possibility it could be extended across the bridge and toward Carr's Oyster Bar, Jelley said.

Applications and concept plans were submitted to the province earlier this month. If approved, the Resort Municipality would proceed to refine its plans and start holding public consultations.

"(We) don't want to prejudge anything," Jelley said. "But we're hoping to receive some support."

Daniel Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Guardian