NDP MLA Nathan Cullen says more active transportation options are rolling out for Stikine

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SMITHERS – New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen says people in Smithers and Stewart will have more options for active transportation with provincial funding for a local project.

“By investing in active transportation infrastructure to build safe sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian-friendly spaces, we are paving the way to healthier, more sustainable communities,” says Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “Projects like the Smithers-Telkwa Multi-use Trail and an active transportation network in Stewart are about more than pathways; they are about creating spaces where people can connect, exercise and thrive”.

The Town of Smithers is receiving $500,000 from the Active Transportation Grants for the Smithers Cycle 16 Connector Trail. The project is described as a 1.9km long, 3m wide paved multi-use path (MUP) linking the Fulton Ave MUP, and the Cycle 16 Phase 1 MUP at the west side of the Bulkley River Bridge.

In Stewart, the District is receiving $49,525 to develop an Active Transportation Network Plan that is relevant to the community of Stewart and represents the District’s vision that will identify and prioritize projects with the goal of providing a safe, accessible and inclusive active transportation network plan.

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. 

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024MOTI0039-000416