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Kenny Murphy, with Charlottetown parks and recreation, grooms one of the ski tails at Victoria Park on a snowmobile. The Town of Kensington is looking at ways to make snowmobiling safe in the town.
Snowmobile enthusiasts will now have to use a different route to enter the core area of Kensington.
Town officials, in an effort to enhance public safety, are permitting snowmobilers to access the downtown through the railyards only.
Traditionally, snowmobiles used corridors along Victoria Street East and Woodleigh Drive, which, officials said, has resulted in only minor incidents.
However, the town felt with the recent realignment of the Tim Horton’s Drive Thru and resulting increased traffic, the potential for incidents increased. In addition, the corridors used did not align with current provincial legislation.
By using the railyards, the town says, snowmobiles can access key area services with the least amount of interaction with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
We, in no way, want to restrict their access to Kensington. We just want to ensure it is done in as safe a manner as possible.” Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley
The new route removes snowmobiles from highly travelled areas and directs them to cross highways at 90-degree angles.
Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley said snowmobiles are always welcome to the town.
“We, in no way, want to restrict their access to Kensington. We just want to ensure it is done in as safe a manner as possible,” said Caseley.