NDP MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare say grant will support active transportation in Maple Ridge

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MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare say more people in Maple Ridge will be able to safely and conveniently choose active transportation to get around, thanks to provincial funding for new active transportation infrastructure.

“It’s great to see investments coming to Maple Ridge that will make the city more bikeable and walkable! It saves people money, helps them get exercise and causes less traffic congestion. Active transportation projects are really a win-win for communities,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission.

The city of Maple Ridge will receive a $500,000 Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant to construct a multi-use path on 117 Avenue connecting Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge Elementary, Hammond Stadium, Jordan Park, and Maple Ridge Town Centre.

“Having alternative routes to and from the hospital, schools, and the downtown core that don’t involve cars is great for residents and visitors alike. Active transportation helps people in the community to stay connected while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

74 new infrastructure and planning projects in communities all around BC are receiving funding as part of this round of provincial grants. These include projects like multi-use pathways, bike lanes, pedestrian bridges, and improvements to lighting, sidewalks, and road quality and safety.

By partnering with local and Indigenous governments to fund these projects, the province is giving more people the option to use active transportation in their daily travel. Making these options more accessible supports the province’s CleanBC commitments to increase trips by walking, cycling, and transit by 30% by 2030.

Learn More: Active transportation grants benefit B.C. communities | BC Gov News