Keep Alberta's Promise to Build the Trans Canada Trail!
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My wife, Elizabeth Sovis of Edmonton, Alberta, was a passionate supporter of the Trans Canada Trail – an 18,000 km greenway and a 5,000 km waterway that will link Canadians from West to East and from North to South –, and she resolved that, beginning on July 1, 2013, she would work for its completion, its safety and its accessibility.
However, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, she was struck and killed by a full-size van while on a cycling holiday on Prince Edward Island.
I have taken up her cause and to raise support I am cycling the Trans Canada Trail from Victoria, British Columbia, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in five stages. I began my trip on July 1, 2013 and I will finish on July 14, 2017. Details are posted on my website: www.ridethetrail.ca
Please sign my petition calling on the Government of Alberta to publish an Action Plan that would ensure the completion of its section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, and that would give special priority to getting the Trail off dangerous roads and highways between Canmore and Calgary and Edmonton.
Cyclists attempting to follow this stretch are forced to travel on highways 1, 1A, 2A, 9, 19, 22, 27, 54, 567, 805 and 806.
Alberta, like all Canada’s provinces and territories, has promised to complete its section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, as a fitting centrepiece to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
It won’t get done – there are still 1,280 kilometres left to build in Alberta – unless the Alberta Government makes it a priority.
On behalf of my wife, Elizabeth Sovis, I sincerely thank you.
Edmund A. Aunger
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