Local MLA says people in Vernon will enjoy better infrastructure for walking or cycling

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VERNON – NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu says people in Vernon will soon benefit from better active transportation infrastructure that will safely connect neighbourhoods to parks, schools, and town centres.

“Soon more pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enjoy the multi-use path on Silver Star Road, thanks to the government’s commitment to active transportation,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “It will be great to see people using the paved path to safely walk their kids to school, cycle to work, or explore more of Vernon.”

Vernon is receiving $500,000 in cost-shared funding to build 1,250 metres of paved multi-use pathway along Silver Star Road. 

The community is one of 33 Indigenous and local governments across the province receiving funding for shovel-ready projects that will increase the number of people walking and cycling as well as improve the safety of vulnerable road users. The projects are aligned with provincial priorities to enhance community connectivity, accessibility, tourism, and climate change mitigation.

Making active transportation more accessible for people is central to Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s comprehensive strategy to make local transportation safer, greener, and more accessible for all British Columbians. $36 million is committed to this program over the next three years, with nearly $12.7 million in Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants being awarded in 2021.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TRAN0135-001815