Don’t waste taxpayers money on another ATV study!

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The Green PPJ Verte wishes to express their strong opposition to a
proposed study, to be conducted at taxpayers’ expense, to review the use of any “overwidth” on the PPJ cyclopark as part of an ATV trail network.
It is important to note, that after 6 months of study, the MRC’s ATV

The Green PPJ Verte wishes to express their strong opposition to a
proposed study, to be conducted at taxpayers’ expense, to review the use of any “overwidth” on the PPJ cyclopark as part of an ATV trail network.
It is important to note, that after 6 months of study, the MRC’s ATV
committee has failed to table its recommendations. Is the failure of this committee based on the undeniable fact that cyclists, hikers and ATVers cannot safely share the same trail/corridor ?
The volunteer members of the Green PPJ Verte and their supporters have, over the past 5 months, worked hard to protect and promote the PPJ, as a vital link with Quebec’s Route Verte trail system.  We have given the MRC two detailed reports:  the first was a response to the anticipated ATV committee report; it described health, safety, lifestyle, economic and tourism benefits for the MRC Pontiac, with the PPJ remaining as a non-motorized trail. The second was a “maintenance needs” report, with photographs and otherinformation detailing sections between Campbell’s Bay and Fort Coulonge damaged by illegal ATV and other motorized vehicle use, as well as poor resurfacing of the trail using gravel instead of stone dust.  We also held a public rally in June with over 60 people attending, and have collected close to 1,000 signatures on petitions supporting the current mandate of the PPJ cyclopark. 
There are two facts that bear repeating. 
First: if ATVs and other motorized vehicles are allowed to use the PPJ and / or its overwidth, the MRC will lose provincial funding for its maintenance.  This would be a waste of all the money and effort that have been put into the trail since its creation. 
And, second:  there already exist over 450 kms of ATV trails, which link all our communities. They may not allow the most direct access from one community to the next, but that should not be a mandate of the MRC—there are highways and other roads that allow people to get from one community to the next in an efficient manner.
As other MRCs and cities embrace the concept of designated cycling and hiking corridors having both economic and health benefits for the population, MRC Pontiac is now planning to take a step back and spend tax payers money to conduct another study on how to enable ATVers access to the PPJ. How much will this cost?  Would this money not be better spent to upgrade the surface of the PPJ, improve signage and other promotional efforts, which would increase its use?
The Green PPJ Verte committee, calls upon the MRC to reject conducting another study, and instead work with our association to help promote the PPJ as part of the Route Verte trail system.

The Committee Members
Green PPJ Verte