RDEK getting $1 million for Westside trail
Fernie also getting BikeBC funding
The B.C. government this morning (Mau 29) announced the rollout of seven cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects through the BikeBC program, with two East Kootenay projects set to receive $1 million and $70,540 respectively.
“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 lead us to a cleaner environment and provide affordable travel choices for people commuting to the places they work, learn, play and socialize,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “Supporting the growth of our active transportation networks also benefits the booming tourism industry that helps support many local businesses in our region.”
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has been approved to receive $1,000,000 for a separated 25-kilometre, multi-use pathway from Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs, which will include end-of-trip facilities.
And the City of Fernie is approved to receive $70,540 for a paved pathway connecting Fairy Creek Bridge to the Fernie Visitor Centre.
As part of CleanBC, 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.
BikeBC provides grants up to 50% of eligible project costs and up to 75% for communities with populations under 15,000.