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Posted: June 13, 2018

Almost $300k grant for Westside trail connector

The District of Invermere is getting $299,787 from the provincial government for the Westside Legacy Trail connector project.

Invermere is one of 18 communities throughout British Columbia getting BikeBC grants for cycling projects that support green transportation options and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.

“B.C. is a leader in North America when it comes to cycling infrastructure, and I’m pleased to see 18 more communities building a culture of cycling and encouraging healthy living,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I’m excited this year’s grant recipients represent diversity in the kinds of projects being built and the size of participating communities – both urban and rural.”

BikeBC is the province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that support green transportation options and healthy, active lifestyles, while attracting tourism cyclists to British Columbia.

“Cycling is a popular form of transportation and recreation, with 1.9 million B.C. residents riding a bike at least once a year,” said Richard Campbell, executive director of the British Columbia Cycling Coalition. “With 2.3 million British Columbians wanting to cycle more, these projects funded through BikeBC will help make communities safer, healthier and more affordable – in addition to helping B.C. realize its potential when it comes to cycling tourism, and the economic benefits that come with it.”

Cycling is on the rise in British Columbia, with the number of people who bike to work increasing by 64% since 1996. Biking 10 kilometres to work each day can save up to 15,000 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

The BikeBC 2018-19 grants represent a total investment of $6.11 million.


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