COWICHAN VALLEY – New Democrat MLA Doug Routley says people in the Cowichan Valley will soon benefit from better active transportation infrastructure that will safely connect neighbourhoods to parks, schools, and town centres.
“As an avid cyclist, I know how important improving safety on the road is for cyclists and pedestrians,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “These investments in active transportation will help people feel safer when they make decisions that are better for the environment and for their health.”
The Town of Ladysmith is receiving $350,854 for their Active Transportation Infrastructure 2021 project to build two new sidewalks, make several safety upgrades and install two e-bike stations.
A total of 33 Indigenous and local governments across the province are 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.
In addition, the Cowichan Valley Regional District in partnership with Cowichan Valley Regional District Electoral Area E is one of 29 communities receiving funding to create an Active Transportation Development Plan and encourage more people to cycle, walk, skateboard, and use other forms of active transportation.
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.