New Westminster NDP MLAs welcome funding for active transportation infrastructure

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NEW WESTMINSTER – New Democrat MLAs Jennifer Whiteside and Aman Singh are welcoming provincial funding, part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, for active transportation infrastructure to better connect New West and Queensborough, create a more accessible community, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Helping people and families to get around our community safely and actively is so important, especially during the pandemic,” said Whiteside, MLA for New Westminster. “Active transportation infrastructure to support this is a vital part of building our province back better.

Funding will support improvements to the sidewalks on the Queensborough Bridge

“The Queensborough bridge keeps people in our communities connected,” said Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “Making sure all pedestrians can cross safely and efficiently also helps to reduce vehicle congestion and delays.”

This project is one 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.

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.

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