Kimberley will receive $72,500 in BikeBC funding for the Kimberley Downtown Trails Connectivity project, creating a safe, accessible multi-use path connecting the downtown to the Peaks to Platzl trail head.
“Residents and visitors will take advantage of cycling and pedestrian paths if they provide opportunities to travel on safe, continuous and connected trails and paths,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This new multi-use path will increase access to Kimberley’s paved trail system by creating a key link to existing trails, and will create economic benefits for the community.”
The project will link downtown Kimberley to the paved section of the Peak to Platzl trail with a multi-use, separated pathway and a timber-frame bridge across Mark Creek. The Peaks to Platzl trail runs from the north side of Mark Creek to the base of the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
This 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 improve the safety of 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.
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 cycling funding in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/cyclingfunding