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Fort Street bike lane (Jay Wallace Images)

The provincial government has just announced significant funding for 9 new cycling infrastructure projects on Vancouver Island.

A total of $5,292,167 has been approved for the island through the BikeBC initiative, in an effort to promote riding bicycles as a cleaner alternative form of transportation.

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“Cycling is great for your health, your wallet and the environment,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“It’s an excellent way to stay connected to your community. Our government will continue to work with regional, local and Indigenous governments to build safe infrastructure that supports active transportation.”

Projects approved for 2019-2020 BikeBC funding:

  • Victoria (CRD): $1,000,000 for a one-kilometre, multi-use trail connecting Victoria and Langford.
  • District of Saanich: $1,000,000 for buffered bike lanes between McKenzie Avenue and Torquay Drive.
  • City of Langford: $686,988 for a separated, multi-use paved path connecting the Goldstream Meadows and Westhills neighbourhoods to downtown Langford.
  • District of North Saanich: $726,018 for new shoulder bikeways that will provide direct and safer access to the Ardmore area.
  • District of Sooke: $145,665 for a separated, multi-use path connecting the Sooke Town Centre with Sun River Estates.
  • City of Courtenay:
      • $151,988 for a bike lane that will connect the Riverway Trail to Fifth Street.
      •  $75,668 for new dedicated cycling lanes that will connect the downtown core to existing cycling facilitates between the Riverway Trail, Fifth Street and the Driftwood Mall.
  • District of Tofino: $1,000,000 for a separated, multi-use path from the Tofino Information Centre to the northern boundary of the Pacific Rim National Park.
  • Town of Qualicum Beach: $505,841 for safety improvements on the town’s east-west multi-use path that is largely used by children as a route to and from school.

BikeBC projects for Vancouver Island are among 28 projects across BC. There are no dates available for when construction on these initiatives will begin.

It is a part of the province’s CleanBC initiative, and focuses on making walking, cycling, scootering, skateboarding and other modes of active transportation convenient for people of all ages and abilities.