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Province invests in better pedestrian, cyclist infrastructure for northern B.C.

Residents from six northern communities will benefit from new and improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

The Province’s Active Transportation Grants program is helping rebuild British Columbia’s economy out of the COVID-19 pandemic and meeting CleanBC climate goals.

“People throughout B.C. have a real appetite for safe, alternative ways of getting around,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “One way to restart our provincial economy is to work with municipalities and Indigenous communities to support new active transportation projects.”

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program provides Indigenous governments, municipalities and regional districts with financial support to build new infrastructure and make improvements to existing networks. The program supports goals set out in the Province’s CleanBC plan, as well as Move. Commute. Connect. – B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation. Together, these programs help British Columbia meet climate action targets that reduce B.C.’s carbon footprint and improve air quality for all residents.

“The Lake Babine Nation would like to take the opportunity to thank the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for supporting the Lake Babine Nation and the Village of Burns Lake for initiating this exciting new development within our community,” said Gordon Alec, Chief of Lake Babine First Nation. In partnership with the Village of Burns Lake, we will enable the safety of our citizens who choose active transportation methods. The sidewalk infrastructure will link residents to the hospital, schools, the seniors’ care home and all businesses throughout Burns Lake.”

Over $1.8 million in Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants have been awarded for the following 2020-21 projects:

  • Burns Lake and the Lake Babine First Nation are approved to receive $435,000 for a sidewalk improvement project that will connect the Lake Babine Nation to the local hospital, seniors’ care facilities, medical clinics and other community facilities.
  • Fort St. John is approved to receive $413,100 for three multi-use pathways that will improve community connectivity.
  • Gitga’at First Nation is approved to receive $433,866 for the Txalgiu Destination Trail that will include amenities and water access for paddling transportation.
  • Terrace is approved to receive $217,635 for the Munroe Street Active Transportation Enhancements project that will better connect the community and provide easier access to local schools.
  • Vanderhoof is approved to receive $328,226 for the Riverside Park multi-use path project that provides linkages to a community bus stop, seniors’ residence, key tourist attractions and downtown.  

The program also supports the development of community network plans for future active transportation infrastructure that aligns with the B.C. Active Transportation Design Guide. Northern B.C. will also benefit from an additional $25,000 in funding from the Active Transportation Network Planning Grant. The Witset First Nation is approved to receive this funding to develop active transportation network plans that may be considered for future infrastructure funding.

“Building well-connected transportation networks to meet the needs of people is important to our government and to my constituents on the North Coast,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “Once completed, these projects will make walking to the grocery store, taking your wheelchair to the local coffee shop or going on an adventurous bike ride much easier and safer. I look forward to the completion of these projects so we can get out and enjoy the great outdoors together.”

Approved projects may include safety improvements to sidewalks, improved lighting along pathways, multi-use and protected travel lanes, and other amenities that connect people to public transit, downtown cores and schools. Projects receiving funding strengthen Indigenous initiatives, land use planning and have the potential to generate tourism and other economic benefits.

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. It was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus, and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

Written and released by BC Government

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