ATVers call for ‘Share the Road’ pilot to begin



The All-Terrain Vehicle Association is calling upon the government of Nova Scotia to immediately implement the long-planned Share the Road OHV pilot project. Announced over 16 months ago, the pilot program will enable OHV users to ride along the shoulder of the road in nine specific locations — including routes in the Sherbrooke and Country Harbour areas.

Other provincial and state governments currently allow for similar regulated use of the shoulder of the roads.

“We believe we have strong political support, however time continues to slide by,” said Barry Barnet, executive director of ATVANS in a news release. “Our members and local businesses are counting on this program to support trail connectivity, responsible riding and boost the local economy.”

The association says the pilot program will be a boost for small business in the designated areas.

“Our members are getting very frustrated at the time it has taken to advance this idea,” said ATVANS President, Vince Sawler. “ATVANS first brought this to government over five years ago.”

Despite many meetings, studies and reports, no firm start date has been announced.

“We thank the ministers and premier for their support but encourage them to direct their staff to get on with the project,” said the release. “The non-peak tourist season will soon be upon us and local businesses are counting on our support.”