UCLUELET – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says people in the Mid-Island will soon benefit from better active transportation infrastructure that will safely connect neighbourhoods to parks, schools, and town centres.
“Protecting the environment and integrating more sustainable practices into our everyday lives is incredibly important for people in our region,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “Developing active transportation plans and improving trails are critical steps as we work to build a cleaner and greener B.C.”
The Toquaht Nation is receiving $350,854 for the Secret Beach Coastal Trail project to construct a 1.3 km gravel multi-use path that will connect Toquaht’s village of Macoah to the new Secret Beach subdivision.
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 Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (Bamfield) and the Ucluelet First Nation are two 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.