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. “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.
“These investments will further connect our neighbourhoods and provide healthy travel choices for people of all ages,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “With cycling tourism on the rise, it’s important to invest in active transportation planning and infrastructure so the region can benefit from the economic benefits that tourism brings.”
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.