ATV Pilot Program Aims to Improve Trail Connectivity

The province, in cooperation with the PEI ATV Federation, is looking to introduce a pilot project to allow use the of select portions of provincial highways to link sections of the Federation`s trail system together. The goal is to allow safe travel from one trail to another.

The public can share feedback on the proposed roads by emailing DeptTIE@gov.pe.ca(link sends e-mail)

Feedback will be accepted until Monday, November 9.

The pilot project will provide TIE the opportunity to evaluate the integration of Off-Highway Vehicles and determine appropriate legislation if a permanent solution is thought to be safe for everyone.

For more information about the pilot project, please visit: Off-Highway Vehicle Pilot Project.

Media Contact: 
Jill Edwards
Senior Communications Officer
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
jedwards@gov.pe.ca(link sends e-mail)

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Off-Highway Vehicle Pilot Project

The Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy (TIE) is working with the PEI ATV Federation on a pilot project to allow use the of select portions of provincial highways to link sections of the Federation`s trail system together.

TIE has developed regulations for the Off-Highway Vehicle Pilot Project which allow members of the Federation to access selected highways under a restricted permit with a number of terms and conditions. The goal is to allow safe travel from one trail to another.

The Pilot Project will provide TIE the opportunity to evaluate the integration of Off-Highway Vehicles and determine appropriate legislation if a permanent solution is thought to be safe for everyone.

Select Highway Sections and Roads:

Trail linkages will include only sections of the below roads. Please refer to the maps for exact locations.

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Pilot project will let 2 ATV clubs use some P.E.I. roads to link trails

Members of two Prince Edward Island all-terrain vehicle clubs will soon be part of a new pilot project to let them use provincial roads to travel from one trail to another.

The provincial government is asking for public feedback on both the pilot project and this use of the roads involved, and intends to draft “appropriate legislation if a permanent solution is thought to be safe for everyone.”

The proposal involves two of the Island’s six ATV clubs and 15 roads, some in the Evangeline area and others between Kensington and Borden-Carleton.

The roads in the pilot project are:

  • Port Hill Station Road
  • Rink Road
  • MacInnis Road
  • Aldous Road
  • Hackmatack Road
  • Brookside Road
  • Murray Road
  • Boodle Road
  • Murphy Road
  • North Freetown Road
  • MacPherson Road
  • Pius Croken Road
  • Reeves Road
  • Greenan Road

Peter Mellish, executive director of the P.E.I. ATV Federation, told CBC’s Island Morning that the roads in the pilot project were chosen because they have very few homes on them, as well as a low number of vehicles using them.

Mellish said the goal is to eventually connect ATV trails on the Island from tip to tip. Private clubs have created about 250 kilometres of trails, but they need access to these roads to create a continuous trail. Using the existing roads is the environmentally responsible solution, he said.

“In some of these areas, there may be a wetland next to it and you have to use these roads,” said Mellish.

“We don’t want to build more trails in areas where it’s a little bit of an environmentally-challenging area.”

Year-round tourism

Provincial roads link trail points in many other parts of Canada, Meliish said, describing the ATV trail system on the Island as an underdeveloped tourism product.

“We’re getting inquiries all the time [from] people wanting to come to Prince Edward Island. We’re slowly getting there to a point where we can offer the riding experience that people want,” he said.

“It has the potential to be a year-round tourism product that can help rural communities thrive in the shoulder seasons and in the winter time.”

The Department of Transportation is accepting feedback on the project until Monday, Nov. 9.

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