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More bike lanes, paths coming to northern B.C.

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena in Prince George Wednesday. Bill Phillips photo
Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.

Local residents and visitors will have better options for biking with the rollout of three cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects through the BikeBC program in Fort St. John, Kitimat and Prince George.

“Cycling is great for your health, your wallet and the environment,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a press release. “It’s an excellent way to stay connected to your community. Our government will continue to work with regional, local and Indigenous governments to build safe infrastructure that supports active transportation.”

BikeBC grants provide communities with financial support to create new cycling infrastructure and make improvements to existing transportation networks – making local transportation safer, greener and more accessible. These projects promote cycling to work, school and errands, which helps reduce traffic congestion while contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment. These projects have the potential to generate tourism-related benefits based on their proximity to amenities and points of interest.

As part of CleanBC, the Province’s plan to set B.C. on a path to a stronger, more sustainable future, a new strategy is being developed that builds on BikeBC. The new strategy, to be unveiled in the coming weeks, will focus on making walking, cycling, scootering, skateboarding and other modes of active transportation convenient for people of all ages and abilities.

Quick Facts:

* BikeBC funding provides grants up to 50% of eligible project costs and up to 75% for communities with populations under 15,000.

* Bike BC projects for northern B.C. are among 28 projects provincewide.

* The northern region is approved to receive BikeBC funding totalling $489,731 for the following 2019-20 projects:
* The City of Prince George is approved to receive $354,252 for Phase 4 of the North Nechako Road Bike Lane Project.

* The City of Fort St. John is approved to receive $110, 479 for the 96th Street Multi-Use Pathway Project.

* The District of Kitimat is approved to receive $25,000 to develop of a cycling network plan that addresses active transportation within the community.