NDP MLA Russell says safer roads on the way for Oliver

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OLIVER– New Democrat MLA Russell says people in Oliver will benefit from safer roads thanks to another year of Vision Zero grants, that will help prevent serious injuries and deaths.

“Safe and active transportation options in communities help build more engaged communities, forge stronger connections, and supports healthier people,” says Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen. “People in Oliver will have improved safety through this funding.”

The Town of Oliver is receiving $12,500 which will be used to increase the safety of pedestrian crossings.

For the third year in a row, Vision Zero grants have been awarded to communities around British Columbia to improve road safety. A total of $866,657 has gone to 53 projects in 56 communities, including 22 projects in First Nations communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government is working toward making roads in British Columbia safer for pedestrians, active transportation users and drivers. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.