PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. government is providing $290,880 in funding toward the North Nechako Road bike lanes, between Foothills Boulevard and Rosia Road.
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps local governments to construct cycling projects that attract and support commuter, recreational and tourism cyclists and pedestrians.
“The BikeBC program is designed to enhance cycling opportunities, encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions all at the same time,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the City of Prince George in a project that will support bike lanes along North Nechako Road between Rosia Road to Foothills Boulevard and provide cyclists with a safer route.”
“Increasing safety for cyclists is top priority of our government,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “This section of road will connect with the new bike lanes established last year from Toombs to Rosia. Bikers can now enjoy safer travel along most of North Nechako Road. The new infrastructure from Foothills Boulevard to Rosia Road will help promote cycling as a safe, and convenient transportation alternative.”
“The City of Prince George promotes and encourages healthy living and healthy lifestyles, including active transportation such as cycling,” Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall said. “This project is also about making our roads as safe as possible for all travelers. On behalf of Council and the citizens of Prince George, I would like to thank the B.C. Government for this investment. I would also like to thank the citizens of the North Nechako area for bringing the issue to Council’s attention.”
Twenty communities will share more than $3.69 million in BikeBC funding for 22 projects across the province. This year’s investment will generate more than $7.38 million in cycling infrastructure. The funds will support projects that expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, which in turn increase physical activity and help reduce greenhouse gases. Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed almost $155 million in cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in more than 100 communities.
During consultations for the new 10-year transportation plan, BC on the Move, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure heard that enhanced cycling infrastructure and improved transportation choices are important to British Columbians. Many local governments and community organizations indicated that increased participation in cycling and walking programs, and improvements to cycling and pedestrian trails and networks, are among their highest priorities.
- Cycling 10 kilometres to and from work every day would reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 15,000 kg a year.
- Cycling eight kilometres is equal to 30 minutes of moderate exercise.
- For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC