ABBOTSFORD— Abbotsford will receive $1,000,000 in BikeBC funding this year for a cycling infrastructure project to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians. This will include a Salton Road cycle path and a Highway 1 cycling overpass.
“The BikeBC program allows us to work with municipalities to create more opportunities for people to cycle— whether for commuting, recreation or tourism purposes,” says Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South. “These funds will help us create more infrastructure to support these local needs.”
“Cycling helps people to be more active, and reduces greenhouse gases,” says Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Projects like these are a win-win, and I look forward to seeing people enjoying these new options for two wheeled travel.”
“BikeBC funding allows communities like Abbotsford to better plan their future cycling projects,” says Mike de Jong, MLA for Abbotsford West. “We’re pleased to partner with the City to improve the cycling experience for local residents and visitors.”
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. The funding is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan. The ministry committed to $18 million over three years to cost-share with municipalities on projects like bike trails, pedestrian bridges, multi-use paths and shoulder bikeways.
Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $220 million in cycling grants and infrastructure across the province.
Projects receiving funding this year cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.
Through B.C. on the Move, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.
For more information about BikeBC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC.