MLA Brittny Anderson welcomes funding for active transportation infrastructure

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NELSON – New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson is welcoming provincial funding, part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, for active transportation infrastructure to better connect the Nelson area, create a more accessible community, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Infrastructure that makes it safer and easier for people to get around by walking, biking, and taking public transit is good for both our communities and for the environment,” said Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “I’ve advocated for more active transportation infrastructure in our region at the municipal and regional level, and I’m very pleased to be welcoming these investments as MLA.”

Projects coming to the central Kootenays include:

  • New cycle-activated warning signs for cyclists crossing the Kootenay Lake Bridge;
  • Bus stop improvements from Nelson to Balfour;
  • Active transportation improvements along the Great Northern Trail from Svoboda Rd. to Troup.

These projects are three of 45 projects around B.C. receiving a total of $16.7 million, part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan. All projects are either completed or underway, creating local jobs and supporting local businesses. Active projects are expected to be completed by March 2021.

New Democrats introduced the Economic Recovery Plan to to help people, businesses and communities recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared. B.C.’s total provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic exceeds $8.25 billion.

MLA Anderson says these projects also support Move. Commute. Connect. B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy, a plan to make walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation as safe and convenient as possible. By facilitating more clean and sustainable methods of getting around, New Democrats are supporting a healthier, more resilient natural environment.

Move. Commute. Connect. is part of the New Democrat government’s CleanBC plan to put B.C. on a path to a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all while protecting our clean air, land and water.

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