CHILLIWACK – The B.C. government is providing $52,499 in funding toward bike lanes from Adams to #6905 Sumas Prairie Road announced Chilliwack MLA John Martin.
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.
“Creating new cycling lanes in this Greendale neighbourhood will enhance the already extraordinary outdoor experience found in Chilliwack,” said Martin. “I would encourage everyone to get on their bicycles and enjoy the new cycling lanes in Greendale, shop at the many local merchants in the area or take a tour of the nearby Great Blue Heron Reserve.”
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.
- Cycling 10 kilometres to and from work every day would reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 15,000 kg a year.
- Cycling eight kilometres is equal to 30 minutes of moderate exercise.
- For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC