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Cycling projects support active, healthy communities

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September 21, 2015 - 9:11 AM

VICTORIA - Twenty-five communities, including Kamloops and Summerland, throughout British Columbia will receive more than $6 million in BikeBC funding this year to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

"The variety and scope of this year's projects is impressive and for the first time, we have provided funding to a First Nation for a project in Tsawwassen," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. "By increasing our funding for the BikeBC program by 50 per cent this year, more communities will be able to enhance their cycling infrastructure, benefitting both residents and visitors."

BikeBC is the Province's cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. B.C. on the Move has committed $18 million over the next three years to the BikeBC program.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed almost $160 million for cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 100 communities across the province.

Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. This year's investment of just over $6 million will generate almost $27 million in cycling infrastructure. The 26 projects that received funding cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails, and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.

B.C. on the Move is government's new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province's transportation network. Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia's transportation network.

* Kamloops: Brock Shared Use Bicycle Route - A 3.3m wide, 5.5km shared roadway from Schubert Drive and York Avenue to Crestline and Tranquille Road - $18, 285

* Kamloops: Hugh Allan Painted Bike Route - 1.5m wide, 0.25 km long bike lanes along Hugh Allan Drive from Rogers Way to Pacific Way - $7,938

* Summerland: Dale Meadows Bike Path - 5m wide, 0.14km long separated bike path from the south end of Sinclair Road to the Dale Meadows Sport Facility - $68,006

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