TRI-CITIES – New Democrat MLAs Fin Donnelly, Selina Robinson, Rick Glumac and Mike Farnworth say people in the Tri-Cities will benefit from safer roads thanks to a second year of Vision Zero grants.
“Our government is pleased to support pedestrian safety in B.C. communities.” says Fin Donnelly, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. “Now is the time to invest in road safety initiatives that make it easier and safer to travel on foot and by bike.”
The following recipients are receiving funding for projects in the Tri-Cities:
- City of Port Coquitlam, $8,000 – Installation of speed humps, raised crosswalks and streetlighting at key locations in Port Coquitlam to reduce vehicle speeds, increase visibility of pedestrians/cyclists, and improve safety for all road users.
- City of Coquitlam, $10,000 – Installation of new pedestrian-activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalks at seven different locations to improve the city’s safety and walkability.
- City of Port Moody, $5,000 – Installation of seven speed humps/cushions on two road sections, Klahanie Drive and College Park Way, to reduce vehicle speeding.
“As a government, we recognize how important road safety is for people, particularly when it comes to weathering the storms and darkness of our fall and winter seasons,” says Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Malliardville. “That is why we’re investing in speedbumps, streetlights, crosswalks and more, so that we can improve safety for all road users.”
A total of $1,030,506 in Vision Zero grants have been distributed to 59 B.C. communities this year. Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.
“As we strive to improve active transportation options in communities like Port Moody, it’s important that we ensure that pedestrians feel safe.” says Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody. “Investing in initiatives like Vision Zero and installation of speedbumps will help support the safety of all road users.”
Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government has committed to action to decrease deaths and serious injuries on B.C. roads. 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.
“It’s important for road users to be aware of their surroundings, and help foster safety for everyone in the community,” says Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam. “We’re investing in infrastructure that will encourage safer use of our roads, making it easier for everyone to get around.”
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