The municipalities of Trail and Castlegar will receive $191,018 and $59,000 respectively in BikeBC funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects in their communities, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“Local governments throughout the province told us they want to increase their cycling infrastructure to provide more opportunities for residents and tourists to cycle for commuting, recreation and tourism,” said Stone. “These two projects in Trail and Castlegar are great examples of how the BikeBC cost-sharing program can help municipalities accomplish this.”
Funding for the Trail project will be used to improve cycling access to the Columbia River Skywalk. This is the second phase of the project for the multi-use bridge along the TransCanada Trail across the Columbia River, which received $800,000 in BikeBC funding in 2015.
Funding for the Castlegar project will be used to build a multi-use pathway from the Kinnaird Bridge to College Trail. This is a further extension of the path that connected the Connors Road multi-use pathway with the Kinnaird Bridge last year, which was completed with $80,000 in BikeBC funding.
These projects are 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 has now 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 projects throughout the province.
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