Prince George will receive $500,000 in BikeBC funding for a new multi-use trail along the Highway 16 Frontage Road, announced MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie Mike Morris and MLA for Prince George-Valemount Shirley Bond, on behalf of Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“Increasing cycling infrastructure in our communities is a great way to encourage residents and tourists to use cycling as a healthy, safe and efficient way to travel,” said Morris. “This new multi-use trail along the Highway 16 frontage will increase access for cyclists between residential areas and services and provide more economic benefits for the community.”
“The Bike BC program partners with communities in their goal to improve cycling infrastructure,” said Bond. “This funding will support a more-than-one-kilometre multi-use trail along the Highway 16 Frontage Road to improve connections between residential and commercial areas and make the choice to cycle a much safer option.”
The trail will provide a critical link between Westgate residential and Westgate commercial subdivisions, connecting with the Westgate Transit Exchange and the Cranbrook Hill Greenway Trail.
This project is part of $9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects, 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 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