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Province of British Columbia
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2018TRAN0090-001185
June 13, 2018
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Province announces support for cycling projects in B.C. communities

VICTORIA – Eighteen communities throughout British Columbia will benefit from BikeBC grants for cycling projects that support green transportation options and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.

“B.C. is a leader in North America when it comes to cycling infrastructure, and I’m pleased to see 18 more communities building a culture of cycling and encouraging healthy living,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I’m excited this year’s grant recipients represent diversity in the kinds of projects being built and the size of participating communities — both urban and rural.”

BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that support green transportation options and healthy, active lifestyles, while attracting tourism cyclists to British Columbia. Earlier this year, the Province announced enhancements to BikeBC, to better support rural communities, and offer more flexibility in the kinds of projects eligible for funding.

"Cycling is a popular form of transportation and recreation, with 1.9 million B.C. residents riding a bike at least once a year,” said Richard Campbell, executive director of the British Columbia Cycling Coalition. “With 2.3 million British Columbians wanting to cycle more, these projects funded through BikeBC will help make communities safer, healthier and more affordable — in addition to helping B.C. realize its potential when it comes to cycling tourism, and the economic benefits that come with it.”

Cycling is on the rise in British Columbia, with the number of people who bike to work increasing by 64% since 1996. Biking 10 kilometres to work each day can save up to 15,000 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

The Government of B.C. has invested over $34 million in 117 cycling projects throughout the province since 2014, benefiting 70 communities. The BikeBC 2018-19 grants represent a total investment of $6.11 million.

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For more information about cycling in B.C., visit: www.gov.bc.ca/cyclingfunding

A backgrounder follows.

 
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Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2018TRAN0090-001185
June 13, 2018
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Eligible communities for BikeBC funding

The following 18 communities are eligible to receive BikeBC funding:

  • Whistler: $401,698 for Fitzsimmons Valley Trail upgrades
  • Oak Bay: $78,160 for Cadboro Bay Road bike lanes project
  • Invermere: $299,787 for District of Invermere Westside Legacy Trail connector
  • Qualicum Beach: $693,830 for Uptown to Waterfront connector completion
  • University of British Columbia: $1 million for Wesbrook Mall redesign - Phase 1
  • Victoria: $895,000 for Wharf Street protected bike lanes
  • Vancouver: $332,000 for Cambie Bridge active transportation Improvements
  • West Kelowna: $258,697 for Boucherie Road Wine Trail - Phase 2
  • Bowen Island: $135,666 for Bowen Island Spirit Trail - Phase 1
  • Columbia Shuswap Regional District: $784,077 for Salmon River Road parallel trail
  • Fort St. John: $433,736 for 93 Avenue multi-use path
  • Fruitvale: $190,823 for Davis Avenue pedestrian/cycling connector
  • Gibsons: $331,657 for Gibsons Way multi-use path and bike lane
  • Quesnel: $223,500 for Johnston Street Bridge cycling improvements
  • We Wai Kai Nation: $2,513 for community connector project
  • Summerland: $20,000 for cycling network plan
  • Westbank: $21,395 for First Nation active transportation plan
  • Tk’emlups te Secwepemc: $10,000 for cycling network plan
 
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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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