The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is providing $6 million in BikeBC funding to communities this year to enhance and expand cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes, multi-use paths and trails, and cycling/pedestrian bridges. The funding is part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan.
“Applications for this year’s BikeBC funding are now open,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “Local governments across the province are incorporating more cycling infrastructure into their community plans, and by doubling our funding in the BikeBC program, we’re enabling municipalities of all sizes to encourage and promote active lifestyles and viable transportation options for B.C. families.”
BikeBC is the province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects to encourage cycling and walking for commuting, recreation and tourism. B.C. on the Move committed $18 million over three years to the BikeBC program. Last year the program provided $6.14 million for 26 projects in 25 communities throughout the province.
To be considered for funding, local governments must describe how the projects benefit their communities and how they contribute to increased physical activity and healthy living, as part of their active community plans. The ministry will also be looking at how a project can increase tourism cycling.
The deadline for applications is April 8, 2016. Local governments can apply online at: www.gov.bc.ca/cyclingfunding
If communities have questions regarding the BikeBC funding program they can contact the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed more than $160 million for cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 100 communities throughout the province. This year’s $6-million investment is expected to generate over $12 million in cycling infrastructure.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. As part of the development of the Climate Leadership Plan, the Climate Leadership team has recommended that government support the increased use of public transit and other mobility options (cycling and walking) that reduce GHG emissions.
B.C. on the Move is government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. Over the first three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.