Residents from four Kootenay communities will benefit from new and improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The Province’s Active Transportation Grants program is helping rebuild British Columbia’s economy out of the COVID-19 pandemic and meeting CleanBC climate goals.
“People across B.C. have a real appetite for safe, alternative ways of getting around,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “One way to restart our provincial economy is to work with municipalities and Indigenous communities to support new active transportation projects.
“It has been just a year since our government launched our provincial active transportation strategy, Move. Commute. Connect. The funding we are providing will make it easier for people to connect and interact in their community, address issues of climate change and congestion, and help with people’s physical and mental well-being.”
The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program provides Indigenous governments, municipalities and regional districts with financial support to build new infrastructure and make improvements on existing networks. The program supports goals set out in the Province’s CleanBC plan, as well as Move. Commute. Connect. – B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation. Together, these programs help British Columbia meet climate action targets that reduce B.C.'s carbon footprint and improve air quality for all residents.
“The city adopted an active transportation plan 10 years ago, which well-positioned us to obtain this grant and continue to improve our active transportation networks,” said John Dooley, mayor of Nelson. “Part of Nelson’s Economic Stimulus Plan is to secure grants from higher levels of government, which will employ local people and generate other spending in our community. We are pleased to receive this grant from the Province of B.C. as it will help us create additional safe, efficient and functional walking and cycling routes and facilities.”
Over $1 million in Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants have been awarded for the following 2020-21 projects:
- Elkford is approved to receive $500,000 for the Balmer Drive and Alpine Way Connectivity Improvements Project. The project will deliver a new sidewalk that will include wheelchair ramps, crosswalks and connectivity to existing trails.
- Kimberly is approved to receive $120,416 for the 4th Avenue Pathway Connection, which will provide new active transportation connections between neighbourhoods, assisted-living facilities, schools and health centres.
- Nelson is approved to receive $424,510 for the Primary Bike Route Project (Phase 1) from the Fairview neighbourhood to downtown, which includes end-of-trip facilities for bike parking.
- Revelstoke is approved to receive $6,800 for the Revelstoke Bike Rack Project that will accommodate a total of 16 bikes at four locations around the community provide safe bike parking.
The program also supports the development of community network plans for future active transportation infrastructure that aligns with the B.C. Active Transportation Design Guide. The Kootenays will benefit from an additional $184,027 in funding from the Active Transportation Network Planning Grant. The Shuswap Indian Band, District of Invermere, Kimberly, Revelstoke, Fernie and New Denver are approved to receive this funding to develop active transportation network plans that may be considered for future infrastructure funding.
“These infrastructure investments strengthen Kootenay communities and give us opportunities to get around and keep fit,” said Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “As a lifelong cycling and walking commuter, I know the value these investments bring and look forward to seeing our communities using the new connections soon.”
Approved projects may include safety improvements to sidewalks, improved lighting along pathways, multi-use and protected travel lanes, and other amenities that connect people to public transit, downtown cores and schools. Projects receiving funding strengthen Indigenous initiatives and land-use planning, and have the potential to generate tourism and other economic benefits.
CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. It was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.
Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End –
“Over a year ago, Minister Trevena asked me to lead the consultations on our made-in-B.C. active transportation strategy, Move. Commute. Connect. I advocate for strong investments in safe bike routes, walking paths and other active transportation investments because when you give people more affordable, safe, clean and efficient ways to get around, you get better communities and happier, healthier people. It’s also a foundational part of our government’s plan to make life better for British Columbians. Investments through this grant program will help meet the needs of urban and rural communities, so people of all ages and abilities can benefit from better connections between neighbourhoods, transit stations and town centres.”
George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy –
“People across British Columbia are looking for cleaner, healthier ways to move around in their communities using safe, accessible infrastructure. Our CleanBC active transportation strategy is helping people of all ages and abilities find cleaner, more affordable modes of transportation that support liveable, connected neighbourhoods.”
- Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has provided direction on physical distancing relating to going outside during the time of COVID-19. Henry has said that playgrounds, bike trails and running routes can be safely used as long as people limit gatherings to small numbers, avoid physical contact as much as possible, practise proper hand hygiene and stay home when sick.
Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program: www.gov.bc.ca/activetransportationgrant
Move. Commute. Connect. – B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/active/
British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide: www.gov.bc.ca/Activetransportationdesignguide
For a backgrounder detailing the 2020-21 Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants provincewide, visit: