NDP MLAs Murray Rankin and Mitzi Dean say grants will support active transportation in Capital Regional District

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Capital Regional District – New Democrat MLAs Murray Rankin and Mitzi Dean say more people in the Capital Regional District will be able to safely and conveniently choose active transportation to get around, thanks to provincial funding for new active transportation infrastructure and planning.

“Having these safe options for commuting will encourage more people across our communities to use active transportation,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “These investments into local transport infrastructure will help make sure people can get where they need, when they need to.”

In the Capital Regional District, the following governments are receiving provincial Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants:

  • Colwood, $119,432 for the Colwood Active Transportation Counter Implementation
  • Esquimalt, $500,000 for Tillicum Road Active Transportation Improvements
  • Saanich, $500,000 for the Shelbourne Street Improvements Project (phase 2), and $500,000 for Gorge Road West improvements (phase 1)

“Many of my constituents use Shelbourne Street every day on their commutes, and I know the improvements on this corridor have been needed for a long time,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “This funding will help complete these upgrades, and make it a safer, friendlier commute for everyone.”

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: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28248