Ride On! Grants for Cycling Tracks

February 1, 2013

 

BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT CAUCUS
NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release
January 31, 2013

RIDE ON! GRANTS FOR CYCLING TRACKS

MAPLE RIDGE – The B.C. government is providing a total of $588,956 in funding to support new bike paths in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. In partnership with the provincial government, the municipalities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, as well as TransLink and the BikeBC Program, will contribute additional funding toward these projects.
Details:

Lougheed Highway Multi-Use Cycle Track in Maple Ridge-$488,956

This 655-metre cycle track from Laity Street to 216 Street provides a vital east-west link, as there are no internal local roads. Designed with a buffer and a track width of 3-4 metres greatly improves safety for cyclists.

TransLink will provide $269,875 in funding.

City of Maple Ridge will pay $488,957 toward the rest of the funding.

Kennedy Road Multi-Use Pathway-$100,000

This new separated bike path in Pitt Meadows will run from Lougheed Highway to Ferry Slip Road and will provide a safe connection to an existing pathway that links downtown to the dike system along the Pitt River. It will allow cyclists to avoid using Kennedy Road, where truck traffic is high and the shoulders are narrow.

City of Pitt Meadows will pay $115,000.

Why this matters:

 Cycling is a key component of the B.C. government's strategy for encouraging healthy living and addressing climate change, in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan and the Provincial Transit Plan.

 Twenty communities across British Columbia will share more than $7.36 million in BikeBC funding.

 This funding will go towards 21 projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, increasing physical activity and helping reduce greenhouse gases.

 This year's projects range from a new cycling track, new bike lanes, and intersection improvements.

 BikeBC is a cost-sharing program between the Government of B.C. and local governments.

 This year's investment will help create more than $14.5 million in cycling infrastructure.

Quotes:

"These significant cycling projects are important for both communities. Cyclists have talked to me about their personal safety concerns along the Lougheed Highway and elsewhere. I know these improvements will make local biking safer and easier."

- Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission

"The new Kennedy multiuse corridor makes a safe and family friendly connection that closes the loop to our extensive dike and bike path system and also provides safe passage to Port Coquitlam. Pitt Meadows is often touted as one of the greatest places to cycle and this new project reinforces our commitment to be a cycling friendly community."

- Deb Walters, Mayor of Pitt Meadows

"Maple Ridge's goal is to have a transportation network that ensures that our residents have a range of options to the automobile. This addition to Maple Ridge's cycling network adds to another safe option that our cycling residents can enjoy as they travel around our community on two wheels."

- Ernie Daykin, Mayor of Maple Ridge

Additional information:

 Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed over $148 million in cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 75 communities.

 Last year, the B.C. government committed $7.25 million in BikeBC funding throughout the province.

 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.

Learn more:

 For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC

Monika Weatherly, BC Government Caucus Communications, (250) 356-0389