Build Saskatchewan's Trans Canada Trail!
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Please sign my petition calling on the Government of Saskatchewan 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.
Widely hailed as our “New National Dream,” the Trans Canada Trail, as planned, is an 18,000-km land trail and a 5,000-km water route, a fitting centrepiece for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations on July 1, 2017.
Like its predecessors – the transcontinental railway and the trans-Canada highway – the proposed Trans Canada Trail would connect communities, promote tourism and stimulate growth. But it would also be a safe corridor for active transportation, such as walking and cycling.
The Trans Canada Trail won’t get done in Saskatchewan, however, unless the provincial government provides the necessary leadership.
Although Saskatchewan leads the country in road construction, it has Canada’s worst record for trail building. It boasts 190,000 km of public roads, but only 500 km of completed Trans Canada Trail. After more than twenty years, it is only one-third of the way to reaching its 1,500-km objective.
My wife, Elizabeth Sovis of Edmonton, Alberta, sought a safe place to walk and cycle and cross-country ski, and she was a passionate supporter of the Trans Canada Trail. She planned to take her retirement on July 1, 2013, and work to see the Trail completed.
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, however, while on a cycling holiday in Prince Edward Island, she was forced to leave the Trans Canada Trail, and to travel on a two-lane highway. Ten minutes later, she was struck and killed by a full-size van.
I am now cycling the Trans Canada Trail from Victoria BC to Charlottetown PEI in order to raise support for the Trail’s 2017 completion. For more information, please see my website: www.ridethetrail.ca
Saskatchewan’s Trans Canada Trail is ultimately a provincial responsibility. It should not be shifted onto the shoulders of municipalities and volunteers. Please sign my petition asking the Government of Saskatchewan to get the job done.
On behalf of my wife, Elizabeth Sovis, I sincerely thank you.
Edmund A. Aunger
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