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Province injects funding for seven BikeBC projects on Vancouver Island


The province announced it will be investing almost $2.7 million to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians throughout Vancouver Island this year.

Seven communities in total are benefiting from the Bike BC funding with four of those projects being in Greater Victoria.

Majority of the funding, $1 million, will go towards completing the CRD’s E&N Rail Trail between Esquimalt and View Royal, connecting Maplebank and Hollowell Road through Songhees land.

The funding is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan. The ministry has committed $18 million over three years to cost-share with municipalities on projects like bike trails, pedestrian bridges, multi-use paths and shoulder bikeways.

$890,492 will be set aside for the Pandora two-way protected bicycle facility in downtown Victoria. Langford will received $203,050 for the Dunford Avenue separated bike lanes, and Saanich will $450,000 to install bike lanes down Lansdowne.

Other Vancouver Island communities receiving funding include Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling
projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists.

Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $220 million in cycling
grants and infrastructure across the province.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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