Protect the PPJ

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We are members of the Women’s Wellness Network and the Feel Fit group; we want to add our voices to those who are opposed to the use of ATVs on the PPJ Bicycle Trail.

We are members of the Women’s Wellness Network and the Feel Fit group; we want to add our voices to those who are opposed to the use of ATVs on the PPJ Bicycle Trail.
Women’s Wellness was formed over 10 years ago, with the intention of encouraging women (and men) of all ages, but particularly seniors, to engage in healthy lifestyles.  We have held information sessions and full day workshops with
multiple expert speakers, as well as engaged with other groups in Otter Lake,
Ile-du-Grand-Calumet and elsewhere to demonstrate and encourage simple,
concrete actions that can improve the health and lives of seniors. 
One of the simplest and most efficient ways for seniors to stay healthy is to walk every day. The PPJ trail is used by many of our members as well as other seniors in all the communities throughout the Pontiac.  Several of our members walked the trail from Campbell’s Bay to Shawville last fall; it was a beautiful day and an incredible experience to see the changing terrain between the two communities and to appreciate this unique asset. What better way to stay healthy and, at the same time, reduce our carbon footprint for the sake of the environment?
To lose the trail to motorized vehicles would be a great detriment to not only
seniors but to families and others who currently enjoy its benefit and use. It would be dangerous to share the trail with ATVs, and to think that the use of the shoulder would be possible without damage to the trail is naïve to say the least.
ATV users already have many trails established; if there is a way for them to work with the Ministry of Transport to allow more access to back roads, which would make easier connections between communities, we encourage them to look into this. Or, they can also use their own resources to develop more trails, if they feel they are needed.
The trail was built for everyone in the Pontiac to enjoy; by restricting its use to those with the means to ride ATVs would not be democratic nor support the original intent of the trail. We encourage everyone who has enjoyed the use of the trail to let their voices be heard. If you do not, this beautiful asset could be lost.
The committee members of the
Women’s Wellness Network
Shawville, Clarendon, Bristol, Bryson