VICTORIA — The Province of B.C. plans to build more active transportation as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand.
Officials announced the province will spend $16.7 million on 45 projects.
“From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have naturally been more interested in using active transportation to safely move around and stay connected to their community,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a press release. “With this funding as part of our government’s economic recovery plan, we were able to create new jobs and get shovels in the ground quickly to build infrastructure that helps our communities build back stronger.”
The projects will support active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way. This includes multi-use pathways and rail trails, highway crossings, transit stop improvements, sidewalk installations, lighting enactments and shoulder widening for pedestrians and cyclists. All projects are either completed or underway and anticipated to be completed by March 2021.
“The Fire Lake walking trail is a nice addition to our community that provides a perfect way for our members to get out more often to take in some nature and improve health and wellness,” said Saulteau First Nation Chief Justin Napoleon. “This project also provided employment for 13 members of Saulteau First Nation. The crosswalk that got installed is a huge benefit to ensure the safety of members as they safely cross the highway to get out and enjoy the lake. We are thankful for the improvements made to our community.”