The East Kootenay Regional District will receive $1,000,000 in BikeBC funding this year for The Westside Legacy Trail, Segments 1-4, announced Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“This project represents an important investment in recreation here in the region,” said Bennett. “With construction set to begin shortly, I am very pleased to see this partnership between the Province and local communities moving forward.”
The project is part of $9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects throughout the province, 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 government’s 10-year transportation plan, the ministry now has committed $20 million over three years to the BikeBC program.
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $230 million in cycling grants and infrastructure.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases.
Over the next three years the ministry and its partners are investing over $4.6 billion in priority transportation investments as part of B.C on the Move.
For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC