VICTORIA — Dozens of active transportation projects that support Indigenous and local governments are on the receiving end of funding, B.C. officials announced.
Thirty-three Indigenous and local governments will receive funding for projects that aim to increase the number of people walking and cycling, as well as improving the safety and health of vulnerable road users, community connectivity, accessibility, tourism and climate change mitigation.
“Climate action must include investments in infrastructure that enable people to choose environmentally friendly modes of travel that are critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, like walking, biking and rolling,” said Bowinn Ma, minister of state for infrastructure, in a statement. “These safe transportation options protect the environment, connect communities and are key to B.C.’s recovery plan and our commitment to climate action.”
The province stated the projects align with its “Move. Commute. Connect.” strategy to make local transportation safer, greener and more accessible. Over the next three years, $36 million has been committed to the Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program, with nearly $13.7 million in funding awarded in 2021.
The funding will also help 29 additional Indigenous and local governments develop active transportation network plans that align with the B.C. Active Transportation Design Guide. Network plans are an eligibility requirement for infrastructure funding through the grant program.