Motorized Vehicles a Safety Hazard on Trails and College Property

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College, the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA), and the City of Timmins are working together to remind the public that all walking trails, campus grounds, Conservation Areas and City parks are off limits to motorized vehicles, including ATVs, dirt bikes and snow machines.

Several reports of unauthorized vehicles on the trails around Northern College have been received, and there is a concern for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the area. Reports indicate that ATVs are being used in the open areas between White Waterfront Park and the Timmins Campus at great speeds causing damage and concern for pedestrians. Violators could face charges and fines under the Trespass to Property Act and/or the Conservation Authority Act of Ontario.

Northern College is committed to maintaining a safe learning, recreational and working environment. To help ensure public safety, Northern is asking anyone who sees an ATV or other motorized vehicles on the trail or campus grounds to get the license plate number and contact the Timmins Police.

Each year, much effort goes into maintaining and beautifying the grounds around the College to provide a safe space for hikers and cyclists to enjoy. It only takes a few inconsiderate riders to undo what has taken years to complete or put at risk the safety of area residents.

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For more information:

Mélanie Watson
Marketing and Communications Officer
705.235.3211 x2276
watsonm@northern.on.ca