NDP MLA Dean says more active transportation options are rolling out for the West Shore

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COLWOOD – New Democrat MLA Mitzi Dean says people in the West Shore will have more options for active transportation with provincial funding for local projects.

“I know people living in our communities want to travel in a cleaner way that allows them to see more of their neighbourhoods,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “The active transportation infrastructure that we are helping fund in Colwood and Metchosin, building multi-use pathways, improving pedestrian crossings, and planning for environmentally friendly transportation options will empower communities to choose safer, more sustainable ways to get around.”

In the West Shore, the following projects received funding through the New Democrat government’s Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program:

  • Colwood – $208.078
    • Wale Road and Wilfert Road Intersection, intersection reconstruction to include multi-use pathway
  • Metchosin – $37,500
    • District of Metchosin Active Transportation Network Plan, to develop active transportation infrastructure in order to curb GHG emissions.

Across B.C., $24 million in provincial funding will support 80 active transportation infrastructure projects, including 59 projects to build safer transportation networks for people choosing active modes of transit. Additionally, 21 communities are receiving funding to create network plans that can lay the groundwork for future active transportation projects.

The grants will make it easier and safer for people to choose active transportation to get to work, school, shopping, or other destinations in their communities.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program supports the Province’s CleanBC commitment to increase shares of trips by walking, cycling and transit.