The best routes are the ones you haven't ridden. 🚴🏃 Cyclists & pedestrians in 26 BC communities can look forward to new and expanded cycling lanes, trails and paths that will provide more opportunities for BCers & tourists to get outside. BC Transportation and Infrastructure (facebook.com) #BContheMove
Twenty-six communities throughout B.C. will receive $9.25 million in funding for projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.
“Communities are embracing the opportunity to increase their cycling infrastructure, demonstrated by this year’s list of projects receiving BikeBC funding,” said Stone. “From Fort St. John to Tofino, municipalities took advantage of the earlier application deadline for this year’s program, and we’re now seeing the projects that will provide more opportunities for British Columbians and tourists to cycle for commuting, recreation and tourism.”
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. Through B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan, the ministry has now committed more than $20 million over three years to the BikeBC program.
“One of the many diverse projects this year is the Pemberton-Mount Currie Commuter Friendship Trail Bridge,” added Stone. “This project is a partnership between the Province, the Village of Pemberton, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Lil'wat Nation, and will provide a safe and environmentally friendly connection between the two communities.”
Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has invested more than $230 million in cycling grants and infrastructure projects throughout the province. Last year, the BikeBC program committed $6.5 million for 25 projects in 23 communities.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. The 26 projects that received funding this year cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and bridges, and improvements to roads and highways to increase the safety of cyclists.
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
A backgrounder follows.
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Communities receiving BikeBC funding:
- Castlegar: $59,000 for the Kinnaird Bridge to College Trail Multi-Use Pathway.
- Chilliwack: $150,420 for the Industrial Way Bicycle Lanes from Old Orchard to Progress Way.
- Coldstream: $200,804 for the Coldstream Creek Multi-Use Shoulder.
- Coquitlam: $422,500 for the Dogwood Fairview Citywide Greenway.
- Cowichan Valley Regional District: $511,274 for the Cowichan Valley Trail, Ladysmith to Chemainus Rail Trail Connector.
- Cumberland: $151,735 for the Bevan and Cumberland Road Cycling Project.
- Dawson Creek: $83,294 for the 10th Street Multi-Use Path Extension.
- East Kootenay Regional District: $1 million for the Westside Legacy Trail, Segments 1-4.
- Fort St John: $340,000 for the 116 Street Multi-Use Path Connection.
- Kamloops: $1 million for the Peterson Creek Multi-Use Path, Phase 1.
- Kelowna: $777,435 for the Okanagan Rail Trail (Dilworth Drive to Airport Way).
- Kimberley: $72,500 for the Kimberley Downtown Trails Connectivity project.
- Langley: $98,650 for the 53rd Avenue Bike Lane project.
- Nanaimo: $92,580 for transportation improvements from Dover Road to Turner Road.
- North Cowichan: $472,311 for the Trans-Canada Multi-Use Path – Dike Trail Terminus to Drinkwater Road East.
- Parksville: $179,890 for the Jensen Avenue Greenway Project.
- Pemberton: $500,000 for the Pemberton-Mount Currie Commuter Friendship Trail Bridge.
- Powell River: $183,869 for enhancement of the Manson Avenue Bike Corridor and Townsite Connector.
- Port Alberni: $100,000 for the Stamp Avenue Multi-Use Path.
- Prince George: $500,000 for the Highway 16 Frontage Road Multi-Use Trail.
- Quesnel: $87,189 for the Gray Avenue Trail Connection.
- Richmond: $586,250 for the River Drive Multi-Use Pathway.
- Tofino: $1 million for the Tofino Multi-Use Path Extension to Pacific Rim National Park, Phase 1.
- Trail: $191,018 for Pedestrian Bridge Siteworks Phase 2.
- Vernon: $436,664 for the Okanagan Rail Trail Connector (Kalamalka Lake Road Multi-Use Path) and 29th/30th Street Transportation Corridor, Phase 5.
- West Vancouver: $48,000 for the Hugo Ray Multi-Use Pathway.