British Columbia News
Communities throughout B.C. benefit from BikeBC funding
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:00 AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:00 AM
23 communities throughout B.C. will receive more than $6.5 million in funding for 25 projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians.
“The variety of cycling infrastructure projects chosen for funding through our BikeBC program is really impressive,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “It’s evident that local governments are carefully considering which improvements will best suit both residents and visitors when planning and designing these projects. All of this year’s projects will provide more opportunities for British Columbians and tourists to cycle for commuting, recreation and tourism.”
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. The funding is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan. The ministry committed to $18 million over three years to cost-share with municipalities on projects like bike trails, pedestrian bridges, multi-use paths and shoulder bikeways.
Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $220 million in cycling grants and infrastructure throughout the province.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. The 25 projects that received funding this year cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.
Through B.C. on the Move, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
For more information about BikeBC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC
Communities, projects, and BikeBC funding amounts:
- Abbotsford: Salton Road Cycle Path and Highway 1 Cycling Overpass – $1,000,000
- Alberni-Clayoquot Region District: Cherry Creek Cycling and Walking Trail – $38,549
- Capital Regional District: E&N Rail Trail, Maplebank Road to Hallowell Road – $1,000,000
- Castlegar: Bridge to Bridge Multi-Use Pathway – $79,679
- Central Kootenay: South Slocan Community Greenway – $176,800
- Coquitlam: Shaughnessy Bike Route – $39,618
- Coquitlam: Delestre-Alderson Bike Route – $4,082
- Dawson Creek: 10 Street and 107 Avenue Multi-Use Path Extension – $66,034
- Elkford: Highway 43 Trail – $99,600
- Langford: Dunford Avenue Separated Bike Lanes – $203,050
- Langley (City): 48 Avenue Cycling Project, 200 Street to 203 Street – $92,864
- Nanaimo: Buttertubs Drive Multi-Use Path – $64,025
- North Okanagan Regional District: Kal/Crystal Waters Trail – $15,802
- North Vancouver (City): Green Necklace – East Keith and Grand Boulevard – $1,000,000
- North Vancouver (City): West Keith Road/13 Street Bike Facilities, Bewicke to Chesterfield – $342,500
- Port Alberni: Port Alberni Bike Route Improvements – $50,875
- Powell River: Manson Avenue Bike Corridor Phase 3 – $87,325
- Rossland: Washington Street/Plewman Way – $226,026
- Saanich: Lansdowne Bike Lanes – $450,000
- Squamish: Squamish Corridor Trail Extension via Rose Park – $119,372
- Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Road Trail – $166,376
- Surrey: Bear Creek Greenway – $141,302
- Victoria: Pandora Two-Way Protected Bicycle Facility – $890,492
- Whistler: Valley Trail Connection to Meadow Park Sports Centre – $90,102
- White Rock Bike Network Upgrade – $67,474