KELOWNA – The B.C. government is providing $460,000 in BikeBC funding towards two projects that will improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Kelowna.
- UBC Okanagan Rails with Trails (Phase 2) – installation of signage, to guide trails users to and from the facility – $100,000.
- Lakeshore Avenue Active Transportation Corridor, separated bike path/bike lanes between DeHart Road and McClure Road – $360,000.
BikeBC is the government’s cost-sharing program that helps fund municipal and regional projects and trails, and helps attract and support commuter, recreational and tourism cyclists and pedestrians.
“Bike paths and lanes provide a great option for commuters looking to get out of their cars and boost their physical activity,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “Cycling eight kilometres is equal to thirty minutes of moderate exercise, and is good for our environment.”
“These dollars continue to expand alternative transportation options for Kelowna residents, and help build a healthier community,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “Whether it’s walking the trails or riding the bike paths, these improvements will improve the user experience for all.”
“This investment will make it even easier to get around Kelowna on a bicycle– reducing traffic congestion and benefiting the environment,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “It also adds new outdoor recreation offerings for tourists, residents, and families.”
Twenty communities will share more than $3.69 million in BikeBC funding for 22 projects across the province. This year’s investment will generate more than $7.38 million in cycling infrastructure. The funds will go to support projects that expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, which in turn increase physical activity and help reduce greenhouse gases. Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed almost $155 million in cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 100 communities.
During consultations for the new BC on the Move ten-year transportation plan, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure heard that enhanced cycling infrastructure and improved transportation choices are important to British Columbians. Many local governments and community organizations indicated that increased participation in, and improvements to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, trails, networks and other programs are among their highest priorities.
• For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC