British Columbians will benefit from an investment in active transportation infrastructure that helps create a stronger B.C. with better connected and more liveable communities.
“From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have naturally been more interested in using active transportation to safely move around and stay connected to their community,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “With this funding as part of our government’s economic recovery plan, we were able to create new jobs and get shovels in the ground quickly to build infrastructure that helps our communities build back stronger.”
Through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, the Province has provided $16.7 million towards more than 45 projects that focus on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way. This includes multi-use pathways and rail trails, highway crossings, transit stop improvements, sidewalks installations, lighting enactments and shoulder widening for pedestrians and cyclists. All projects are either completed, or underway and anticipated to be completed by March 2021.
“The Fire Lake walking trail is a nice addition to our community that provides a perfect way for our members to get out more often to take in some nature and improve health and wellness,” said Saulteau First Nation Chief Justin Napoleon. “This project also provided employment for 13 members of Saulteau First Nation. The crosswalk that got installed is a huge benefit to ensure the safety of members as they safely cross the highway to get out and enjoy the lake. We are thankful for the improvements made to our community.”
This investment has created over 300 jobs throughout the province, helping to stimulate local economies and support local businesses and suppliers.
B.C.’s economic recovery plan supports the Province’s efforts to stimulate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through job creation and economic stimulus, enhanced safety and accessibility, and improved recreation and tourism opportunities.
The funding supports initiatives introduced in Move. Commute. Connect, B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy. The strategy is part of CleanBC, a plan to help transform how people move around while also encouraging more active transportation in communities.
For more information about B.C.’s strategy for increased active transportation, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/active-transportation
A backgrounder follows.
Through the economic recovery plan, the Province has provided $16.7 million to more than 45 projects throughout B.C. that focus on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way.
All projects selected for this one-time investment have a completion date of March 2021 or sooner.
Northern B.C. - $1.5 million invested
- Bulkley Stikine – shoulder-widening projects on side roads to improve the safety of people walking and cycling
- Doig River Nation – shoulder widening to improve the pedestrian route leading to the community centre
- Prince George – shoulder widening on Chief Lake Road to support pedestrians and cyclists
- The Saulteau First Nation – construction of walking paths from Crowfeathers Store to Fire Lake Campsite
- Smithers – Telkwa area – Cycle 16 Trail improvements including design, signage, brush clearing and drainage work
- Terrace – intermittent shoulder widening along Krumm Road
Kootenays - $2.6 million invested
- Castlegar – road widening and resurfacing at the Columbia Road Park and Ride
- East Kootenay Regional District – active transportation improvements along the BNSF Recreational Trail from Cottonwood to Kapak Road
- Fernie – installation of 500 meters of sidewalk at Riverside Road to McCloud Road that connects to the Centennial Trail
- Invermere – safety improvements of approaches that allow for multi-modal access on and off the Athalmer Bridge
- Regional District of Central Kootenay – active transportation improvements along the BNR Recreation Trail from Svoboda Road to Troup Road
- Nelson – new cycle-activated warning signs for cyclists crossing the Kootenay Lake Bridge
- Nelson – bus stop improvements from Nelson to Balfour
- Slocan – transit improvements along Highway 6 between Slocan to New Denver
Thompson Okanagan - $1.3 million invested
- Kamloops – design, construct and install new cattleguards that provide improved cyclist accommodations along East Shuswap Road
- Kelowna – wheelchair accessibility and active transportation crossing improvements at Airport Way
- Kelowna area – repairs and restoration of six kilometres of highway shoulder, improving cycling connectivity between Kelowna and Big White
- Kettle Valley Rail Trail and Myra Bellevue Provincial Park – repairs for trails and trestles that include trail remediation, handrail and decking replacement that allow safe access for people walking and cycling
- Salmon Arm – safety improvements for the Canoe School crossing on the Trans-Canada highway
- Vernon – shoulder repaving to improve safety for cyclists along Old Kamloops Road
South Coast - $6.5 million invested
- Coquitlam – design a multi-use pathway between United Boulevard and Argue Street
- Delta – improvements to approximately 500 metres of a multi-use path connecting to Alex Fraser Bridge
- Gibsons – new cycle path connection to the existing multi-use path parallel to Highway 101
- Gibsons – safety improvement for pedestrian and cyclists by increasing shoulder width and adding cyclist markings
- New Westminster – sidewalk improvements on Queensborough bridge
- North Vancouver – design of a new multi-use pathway under the Highway 1 Lynn Valley Road overpass that connects with the existing City of North Vancouver bike lanes at 21st Street (south end) and Morgan Road (north end)
- North Vancouver – design of both a cycling lane on the Highway 1 east bound ramp through Capilano Road and a multi-use pathway replacing the existing northbound sidewalk
- South Surrey – cycling path improvements from Pacific Crossing to 8th Avenue
- Tsawwassen – design of a 350-metre multi-use pathway connection between Great Blue Heron Way and the existing 27B Avenue multi-use pathway
- University of British Columbia – design for a new 350-metre multi-use path
- University of British Columbia – improvements for the West 16th Avenue Univeristy of British Columbiacycle path
- Vancouver – improvements to the Oak Street Bridge deck panels for improved flow of cyclists and pedestrian access
- West Vancouver – improvement to multi-use pathway, surfacing on the structure and new cyclist signage plus design improvements to the transition and access pathways on either end of the Lions Gate Bridge
- Coquihalla Canyon – trail restoration for improved safety for hikers and bikers
- Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver such as Highway 7 at Jim Robson Way, Highway 91 and Highway 99 at Westminster Highway will benefit from improvements to cycling paths, fog lines, barriers and reflectors
Vancouver and Gulf Islands - $4.8 million invested
- Central Saanich and the Pauquachin First Nation – safety improvements to provide additional space for pedestrians and cycling on West Saanich Road. Work includes shoulder widening in some sections along the road
- Courtenay – the second phase of construction of the trail along Back Road through the Komoks First Nation. Improvements include installation of new culverts to increase pedestrian safety
- Comox Valley – shoulder widening and paving northbound for six kilometres from Buckley Bay to Union Bay, increasing pedestrian and cycling safety along this section of Highway 19A
- Courtney and Qualicum Bay area – shoulder widening and paving southbound for five kilometres from Sundry Road to Qualicum Bay, increasing pedestrian and cycling safety along this section of Highway 19A
- Cowichan – concrete culvert, trail restoration and 4.7 kilometres of Cowichan Valley Trail resurfacing
- Nanaimo – shoulder widening for five kilometres along Cedar Road to increase pedestrian safety
- Nanaimo – installation of lighting and illuminated signage, improving pedestrian safety through enhancements along Stewart Avenue in Nanaimo
- Sooke – sidewalk extensions that connect to Ed McGregor Park and existing municipal trail network
- Port Alberni – installation of lighting and illuminated signage, improving pedestrian safety along Highway 4 at Ian Avenue in Port Alberni