Economic recovery funding strengthens active transportation network
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
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