PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. government is providing the City of Prince George with $250,000 toward a BikeBC project.

The funding will help develop the Prince George Arterial Bicycle Routes – 36.3 kilometres of 1.8- to 2.5-metre-wide bike lanes through street markings and signing throughout Prince George.

BikeBC is the government’s cost-sharing program that helps local governments build cycling projects that attract and support commuter, recreational and tourism cyclists and pedestrians.

“Our BikeBC program helps local governments throughout the province provide improved cycling infrastructure in their communities,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said. “This project will increase cycling opportunities for Prince George residents, allowing them to enjoy a healthy and environmentally friendly form of transportation and recreation.”

This project is part of B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government’s 10-year transportation plan.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with the City of Prince George to improve cycling infrastructure in Prince George as part of our BikeBC program,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Investments like this help encourage more residents to consider riding their bikes to work or to increase their level of physical activity.”

“Bike lanes provide a safe means of transport for those looking to get out of their vehicles and become more physically active,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “I encourage residents to take advantage of this healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative.”

“The City of Prince George encourages healthy living and lifestyles, and cycling is part of active transportation,” Mayor Lyn Hall said. “This project is also about making our roads as safe as possible for all travellers. In working with the B.C. government, building the Prince George Arterial Bicycle Routes will help develop the city’s cycling network.”

B.C. on the Move has committed $18 million over the next three years to the BikeBC program. This year’s investment of $6 million will generate more than $12 million in cycling infrastructure across the province.

For more information about Bike BC, visit th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC.