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The Plan

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The Town of Bridgewater is committed to implementing a community Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan (ATCP). This commitment was instigated by the vision of the Bridgewater Active Transportation Committee of a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community and reiterated during the Imagine Bridgewater public process.  The plan was written by Terrain Group, Inc. and submitted on January 31, 2008.


The long term objectives of the Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan is a sustainable and healthy Bridgewater. The ATCP can contribute to the goal of sustainability and health by:

  1. Promoting healthy and active lifestyles in Bridgewater;
  2. Promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels through the increased use of active transportation options;
  3. Promoting environmental responsibility by protecting and enhancing greenspaces in the community, and;
  4. Promoting economic sustainability through an attractive community that supports living, working and playing.
ATCP Cover Download the Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan. [PDF - 6.5mb - may take several minutes to download on a slow connection]
ATCP Cover Download the Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan - appendices. [PDF - 5.5mb - may take several minutes to download on a slow connection]


On June 9th, 2008 Town Council for the Town of Bridgewater approved the ATCP in principle, and committed to moving forward with this plan.  Click here to view Council's complete motion.

Recent Accomplishments
  • New sidewalks on both sides of High Street between Anne Street and Victoria Road (Spring, 2008)
  • New sidewalk along the edge of King Street Court (July, 2008)
  • Bridgewater's Active Transportation and Connectivity Plan was awarded Honorable Mention by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for the 2009 National Awards for Planning Excellence in the Rural / Small Town category.
AT in Nova Scotia

The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) has recently endorsed the importance of promoting active transportation in communities in the province. UNSM released the following resolution:

"That the UNSM make active transportation a priority and advocate and partner to promote Active Transportation within its membership and with other government agencies to improve our roads , and other infrastructure to develop and encourage safe walking ,cycling and other AT opportunities for both Nova Scotia residents and visitors."