Richmond will receive $586,250 in BikeBC funding this year for the River Drive multi-use pathway, announced Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East; Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre; and John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“Richmond East stands to benefit from this project,” said Reid. “Connecting pedestrians and cyclists from the Tait neighbourhood to Bridgeport Station makes green transportation more convenient than ever.”
“This investment addresses a pressing need for expanded cycling infrastructure in our community,” said Wat. “Dedicated, well-lit paths for cyclists and pedestrians translates to greater safety and less congestion on our roads. That’s a win-win situation.”
“Investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure are an investment in sustainability and healthy living,” said Yap. “That’s why I’m proud to see the BikeBC program extending this kind of support to the City of Richmond.”
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 increase safety for 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 British Columbia 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 BikeBC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/cyclingfunding