KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes is looking for public input on how the vehicles might be able to safely utilize public roads.
The province recently opened all roads to the use of ORV and the municipality says they are simply trying to make sure the use of the roads is done safely.
Task-force member, Councillor Tracy Richardson says the group consulted with a number of local stakeholders.
“We have reached out to numerous resources for input, including the Local Health Unit, OPP, Lindsay Police and City By-law. We have asked the questions regarding health and safety as this information is necessary so we can make an informed decision.” Richardson told Kawartha 411 News. “The ORV task force recognizes that this recreation sport has grown in popularity and we are trying to determine a reasonable solution to help manage this growth in the City of Kawartha Lakes.”
The Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Task Force has pulled together recommendations to Council with a focus to review and help identify opportunities to support the safe use of off-road vehicles on municipal roads.
With these road access recommendations comes a list of rules and guidelines to enable this trial project to be executed in a responsible and safe manner.
In order to help facilitate this process, they are looking for input from residents and visitors regarding the use of off-road vehicles on municipal roads within Kawartha Lakes. The thoughts and opinions of off-road vehicle users and non-users will be valuable in order to make decisions that will provide a successful outcome to this trial project.
The ORV Task Force will be hosting its first public meeting on March 19, 2021 at 10am where the group will be seeking public input on the Task Force’s recommendations for which roads to use to connect existing trails in Kawartha Lakes for off-road vehicle use.
Residents are invited to speak, but must register by noon on March 17, 2021 in order to participate in the meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures, the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom.
To register, please contact Brianne Harrison by emailing [email protected](External link). Alternatively, residents can also register to use the Jump In platform to ask questions online directly to the Task Force.
All Task Force, Committee and Council meetings are also streamed live and archived on Kawartha Lakes’ YouTube.