TORONTO — The Ontario government is more than doubling its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other infrastructure in towns and cities across the province, bringing the total to $93 million this year from the initial $42.5 million announced earlier.
Provincial representatives recently announced the recipients of Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program spending and an increase in the program’s funding.
The program, part of the Climate Change Action Plan, will be funded through proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.
The City of Toronto will receive $25.6 million which it will use to help deliver its Ten Year Cycle Network Plan and to expand the Bike Share Toronto system with up to 300 new Bike Share locations, 3,000 bikes and 6,000 docks, states a release issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Across Ontario, 120 municipalities from Essex County to Thunder Bay will receive funding from the province to build more bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, or enhance existing infrastructure.
All Ontario municipalities will have additional opportunities to apply under the four-year program, the release reads.
The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program builds on Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan: Tour by Bike and the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, helping 37 municipalities across the province build or improve cycling infrastructure, adds the release.