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  • 26 Sep 2018 7:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Breaking News

    Today at a press conference in Porters Lake, the province announced that the “Share the Road Pilot Project” will commence on October 1st 2018, with six of the nine chosen locations. We are including a copy of the government press release and my remarks on behalf of ATVANS. We will be sending out the two page hand out as soon as we receive an electronic copy. We also live streamed the media event and you can view it on the ATVANS Facebook page. We will be posting other media in the next days including video from the event.

    A number of media were present and did interviews including, CBC television, a local Eastern Shore paper and I did a call-in radio interview on 95.7

    This is a big step forward; however we have lots of work ahead. Thank you again to all the members, clubs and supporters who helped advance this project. Thank you also to the elected leaders who demonstrated their support and trust in our sport and organization.

    Barry Barnet

    Executive Director ATVANS

                                            =========================================================================

    Thank you, speaker Murphy

     

    On any given weekend families across Nova Scotia enjoy the outdoors on an ATV. These are hardworking fun-loving Nova Scotians who love the outdoors and love adventure.

     

    The sport of ATVing is enjoyed by tens of thousands across Nova Scotia. The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia, supports the organized responsible use of all-terrain vehicles through our 42 clubs and thousands of members. ATVANS is the third largest ATV federation in Canada serving members for over 20 years.

     

    Our sport contributes greatly to the rural economy of Nova Scotia and we can point directly to many businesses that benefit from our members and other riders.

     

    One example is the Walton Pub and eatery. I recently met with the owners who expressed full support for the pilot project and indicated how important the sport of ATVing is to their business.

     

    For us, access to services like food, fuel and lodging along with trail connectivity has been an issue for many years.

     

    For over eight years we have been working with government to help advance our sport by providing access to existing built infrastructure, like the shoulder of the roads, bridges and overpasses.

     

    We, along with our members and clubs, began reaching out to our elected leaders and key staff within government departments. I want to thank those many members and clubs who took the time to introduce themselves to their local councillor or MLA and help advance this idea.

     

    The Isle Royale ATV club in Sydney and their president, Dan Fraser, is one such example. They were like a dog with a bone. Every time a visiting MLA or the Premier came to their area they found a way to respectfully meet up and deliver the message.

     

    We had many champions within government as well, municipal leaders like Councillor Eldon Hebb from East Hants who helped lead the charge with his municipal collogues, MLAs like Gordon Wilson who always returned calls and immediately saw the value and importance in what we were requesting.

     

    Minister Hines who provided leadership and direction within his department and of course the Premier who assured us this would happen. Ministers Miller and now Rankin, thank you for your support.  I would also like to thank the many other government and opposition members who took the time to meet with us as we advanced this cause.

     

    On a personal note I would like to thank a few key staff and others who continued to be supportive and answer our calls and e-mails; Royden Trainer, Doug Oliver, Matt Parker and Deputy Paul Lefleshe, our OHV partners at SANS and NSORRA and our own Corey Robar.

     

    Two final points:

     

    First, our work is far from finished as we still have a great deal of education safety awareness messages to deliver. This, folks, is really just the beginning for us.  For this pilot project to move forward and be successful for our members and all OHV riders we need to prove ourselves and the concept.

     

    And finally, last but certainly not least:

     

    I would also like thank and point out the hard work of our board and staff who never cease to amaze me with the amount of passion and tenacity they have for this sport. On behalf of our president Vince Sawler and the entire board thank you.

     

    Ride safe.


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    TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL--

    Province Launches Off-highway Vehicle Pilot in Six Communities
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    Nova Scotia is launching a pilot project, effective Oct. 1, in six communities to enhance trail connections for off-highway vehicles.

    The pilot enables them to use the shoulders of roadways, and the roadway itself where necessary, in order to safely travel in select areas from one trail to another or to access services.

    “This three-year pilot will enhance trail connections and associated off season tourism opportunities while providing us with an opportunity for further study,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “The locations for this pilot were selected weighing factors such as trail connections, traffic volumes and road speed.”

    Only registered, licensed and insured off-highway vehicles can operate on the shoulder, or the roadway, in these six pilot areas as long as the operator has a valid driver’s licence. Drivers holding a learner’s licence are not permitted to participate. No passenger on one of the vehicles operating in the pilot area can be younger than nine years old.

    The six communities chosen for the pilot are: Porters Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality; New Germany, Lunenburg Co.; Weymouth, Digby Co.; Walton, Hants Co.; Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co. and Gabarus, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

    “We’re pleased the government has fulfilled its commitment to advance this project,” said Barry Barnet, executive director of the ATV Association of Nova Scotia. ”This will go a long way to support our work of building an interconnected trail network across Nova Scotia and spreading the message of safe responsible off-highway vehicle use.”

    Further information on the rules of the road for the pilot in these six communities is available at https://novascotia.ca/ohv-pilot/ .

    ----------------------------------------------------------------FOR BROADCAST USE:

         Nova Scotia is launching a pilot project in six communities

    to enhance trail connections for off-highway vehicles.

         The pilot, which begins October 1st, enables them to

    use the shoulders of roadways, and the roadway itself where

    necessary, to safely travel from one trail to another or to

    access services.

         The locations for the three-year pilot project were

    selected weighing factors such as trail connections, traffic

    volumes and road speed.

         Only registered, licensed and insured off-highway

    vehicles can operate on the shoulder, or the roadway, in the

    pilot areas as long as the operator has a valid driver’s

    licence.

         Drivers holding a learner’s licence are not permitted to

    participate. No passenger on an off-highway vehicle

    operating in the pilot area can be younger than nine years old.

         The six communities chosen for the pilot are Porters Lake

    in Halifax Regional Municipality, New Germany, Lunenburg

    County, Weymouth in Digby County, Walton in Hants County,

    Sherbrooke, Guysborough County and Gabarus in Cape Breton

    Regional Municipality.

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    Media Contact: Marla MacInnis
                   Cell: 902-499-6428             
                   Email: Marla.MacInnis@novascotia.ca


  • 26 Jun 2018 6:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notice:

     Please be advised that maintenance activity is expected to be conducted on the abandoned rail bed between Middleton and New Germany and between New Germany and Caledonia for the remainder of the summer. Watch for workers and machinery and proceed with caution in those areas.

    Additionally, grading activity has unearthed steel plates and railway ties that could potentially cause damage to ATV tires. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!!!

  • 17 May 2018 7:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “TIR Update on Share The Road Pilot Project”

    “We are moving forward with the pilots and are grateful to the advice and assistance ATVANS has provided ,and in particular, the tireless efforts of Cory Robar and others.  We are in the drafting stage with respect to the necessary regulations (under both the Motor Vehicles Act and the OHV Act) to bring the pilots into effect, the lawyers are on it and we are moving it through the process.  As you know, the proof of concept is approved and the drafting work is proceeding  it is down to the regulations approval process.  I think it is safe to say that these pilots are moving forward, in no small measure, due to the positive engagement and leadership of ATVANS.  We are looking forward to working with ATVANS on an evaluation framework for the pilots and our continued close working relationship as the pilots roll out.  I am confident, we are going to get this done.”

    Royden Trainor
    Executive Director, TIR

  • 20 Apr 2018 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An update was received from TIR concerning the Digby Area Trail Closure that due to some unforeseen delays the Digby Trail will remain closed until May-June 2018 timeframe.

    The Digby ATV club has been advised by Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal that due to Highway overpass construction on Highway 101 near Marshalltown the trail leading to and from Digby in that area will be closed. This closure will start on Monday Dec 18, 2017 and beginning that date that trail going to Digby will be inaccessible until the project is finished. We understand this work is anticipated to be completed March 2018.

    The trail will be Blocked Off from the paved road in Jordantown to the dirt road on the Upper Cross road.
    We will post and share additional information as we receive it

    Barry Barnet Executive Director ATVANS

  • 10 Apr 2018 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The trail closure in the Sheet Harbour area at Dufferin Mines is no longer in effect.

  • 16 Mar 2018 4:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update to notification sent out to membership on July 12, 2017

     

    All of the crews are currently working along the transmission line corridor between Highway 104 (near the Cobequid Pass Toll Plaza) and the Springhill Substation, including the Polly Brook area, Collingwood, Williamsdale, Silica Rd area and Westchester Rd area. The crews are completing the various stages of construction activity such as pole installation, framing and conductor stringing. We have requested our contractor place warning signs along the transmission line corridor on either side of their work site to warn the public of the work activity ahead. We ask that the information be passed along to your members so they are aware of the work taking place and use caution while on the trails.

     

    As mentioned before, the safety of the public and our work crews is our top priority and if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Thanks,

    Amy

    Amy Campbell-Landry | Environmental Scientist | Nova Scotia Power

    Corey Robar

    Trails Coordinator

    ATV Association of Nova Scotia

    email: trails@atvans.org

    Tel: 902-521-9790

    "One person may travel faster, but many will travel farther"

  • 30 Jan 2018 6:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A wood contracting will be trucking on the railbed in the River John area in the vicinity of the Joudrey and Dean Chapter roads . Attached is a screen shot of the area.

    I’m not sure of the timing but I believe they will be starting soon and could last for a period of a few months until completed.

     

  • 01 Sep 2017 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COMMUNITY MEETING

    There will will be a community meeting at the Mount Uniacke Fire Hall next Wed Night (6 Sep) at 7 pm to discuss turning the railroad tracks into trails. A lot of work has been put into this by a local volunteer group and they need to now get the community behind them. Please share this so that we can turn out in large numbers.

    If there are any ATVANS/SANS members or Executive members able to make it, I encouraging you to show up.

    Anyone who rides an ATV, Dirt Bike or Snowmobile should be there to be heard.

  • 17 Aug 2017 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Cumberland Snowmobile Club is doing construction on the 104 trail in Springhill between the Athol Rd and the Lagoon Rd.

    Please avoid the area for the next week, it may be impassable in daylight hours while crews are working.

    Map of the area attached


  • 12 Jul 2017 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nova Scotia Power will be developing a new 138kV line within an existing easement which runs adjacent to transmission line 6513 from Onslow to Springhill. The existing right-of-way easement travels through the Polly Brook Wilderness Area. Nova Scotia Power will be in this area in the next couple of months to install swamp mats as required and then off and on throughout the project over the next year installing structures and stringing conductor.

     Corey Robar

    Trails Coordinator

    ATV Association of Nova Scotia

    email: trails@atvans.org

    Tel: 902-521-9790


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