NDP MLAs Malcolmson and Routley welcome funding for active transportation infrastructure

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NANAIMO – New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Doug Routley are welcoming provincial funding, part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, for active transportation infrastructure to better connect Nanaimo, create a more accessible community, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“As part of our Economic Recovery Plan we are investing in people’s health and safety,” said Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “This funding will help people get outside in a safe way, while creating local jobs, and supporting the recovery of our economy.”

“As an avid cyclist I know first-hand the importance of quality active transportation infrastructure,” said Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “Thanks to the hard work and advocacy of the Yellow Point Ecological Society, Cedar Road will be safer for all users.”

Funding is going towards the shoulder widening for five kilometers along Cedar Road and the installation of lighting and illuminated signage along Stewart Avenue.

These are two of 45 projects around B.C. receiving a total of $16.7 million, part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan. All projects are either completed or underway, creating local jobs and supporting local businesses. Active projects are expected to be completed by March 2021.

New Democrats introduced the Economic Recovery Plan to to help people, businesses and communities recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared. B.C.’s total provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic exceeds $8.25 billion.

The MLAs say these projects also support Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s Active Transportation Strategy, a plan to make walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation as safe and convenient as possible. By facilitating more clean and sustainable methods of getting around, New Democrats are supporting a healthier, more resilient natural environment.

Move. Commute. Connect. is part of the New Democrat government’s CleanBC plan to put B.C. on a path to a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all while protecting our clean air, land and water.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/23408