Permanently shelve the proposal for ATVs on the PPJ

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I’m among the cottagers along the PPJ Cyclopark who vehemently oppose the
proposal to convert part of the trail to allow ATV use. This proposal died two years ago, so why has it been brought up again? There are already hundreds of kilometres of ATV trails in the area. 

I’m among the cottagers along the PPJ Cyclopark who vehemently oppose the
proposal to convert part of the trail to allow ATV use. This proposal died two years ago, so why has it been brought up again? There are already hundreds of kilometres of ATV trails in the area. 
I may not be a “local”, but I should have a voice in a decision that will radically affect the enjoyment of our land – a property that has been in my family for generations. I pay thousands of dollars in property and school taxes, and my visitors and I support the merchants of Fort Coulonge and area.
The PPJ is used daily by walkers, bicyclists, children, seniors and people with mobility issues. The scenery along the route is beautiful and it should be promoted more effectively as a major tourist attraction and a great option for healthy exercise. 
Of particular concern is the fact that young children from the camp by my cottage frequently ride their bikes and small battery operated vehicles along the trail. Has anyone considered the liability issues if a child is injured or killed by an ATV as a result of this decision?
There is no compelling reason to disturb our quiet enjoyment of our properties and to risk our safety and security with ATVs on this particular trail. We treasure the peace and quiet of the river and do not want the noise and dust of ATVs right next to us. There are many serious, capable ATV drivers, but there are also immature and impaired drivers.
Destroying the integrity of the PPJ is fundamentally wrong and seriously alienates a segment of the population that loves the area and happily supports its businesses year after year.
Finally, the most unconscionable thing about this proposal is that it’s being brought up while many of us are still reeling from the spring flood and are worried about whatimplications the new flood plain maps will have on our properties. We do not need to be worrying about this proposal too. The timing is shameful.
I urge Ms. Toller and the other municipal officials to shelve this proposal permanently this time.

E. Bonnah
MANSFIELD/OTTAWA