BikeBC Funding To Expand And Build Cycling Lanes, Trails And Paths Including Chilliwack

CHRIS GRANGER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Friday October 24, 2008 On Friday, October 24, 2008, a bike rider goes down the recently completed bike path that follows alongside Bayou St. John.

Chilliwack/Victoria – Twenty-five communities throughout British Columbia will receive more than $6 million in BikeBC funding this year to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

“The variety and scope of this year’s projects is impressive and for the first time, we have provided funding to a First Nation for a project in Tsawwassen,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “By increasing our funding for the BikeBC program by 50%this year, more communities will be able to enhance their cycling infrastructure, benefitting both residents and visitors.”

BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. B.C. on the Move has committed $18 million over the next three years to the BikeBC program.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has committed almost $160 million for cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in over 100 communities across the province.

Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. This year’s investment of just over $6 million will generate almost $27 million in cycling infrastructure. The 26 projects that received funding cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails, and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.

B.C. on the Move is government’s new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.5 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.

Twenty-six projects receive BikeBC funding

Communities, projects and Bike BC funding amounts:

  • Burnaby: Gilmore Urban Trail – A combination of a 4m wide multi-use pathway, and a 4.3m wide curb lane along Gilmore Ave from Canada Way to Henning Drive. Total length: 1.2km – $638,000
  • Chilliwack: 1.5m wide bike lanes extending from Sumas Prairie at #6905 Road to Sumas Prairie Road north property line of the elementary School. Total length: 0.5km – $51,607
  • Coquitlam: Porier Multi-use Pathway Project – 3m wide, 260m long pathway from Foster to Winslow, including bicycle/pedestrian level lighting and new bicycle/pedestrian lighting from Regan to Foster on existing infrastructure – $118,346
  • Comox: Lazo Road multi-use path, 3m wide, 0.64km path between Sandpines Drive and Southwind Road – $50,777
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District: Cowichan Valley Trail – a 3.8km separated bike path from Sooke Lake Road Trailhead to Stebbins Road – $440,000
  • Fernie: Fairy Creek Bicycle Bridge – 2m wide, 21m long cyclist/pedestrian bridge connecting downtown to five residential and commercial neighbourhoods – $71,000
  • Gibsons: Inglis Cycling Connector – A combination of a 1.5m wide shoulder bikeway, 3.25m wide shared roadway on Stewart Road, and a 2m wide multi-use pathway and a shared roadway facility on Shaw Road, from Shaw Road at Gibsons Way to Gower Point Road and Glassford Road. Total length: 1.8km – $72,945
  • Kamloops: Brock Shared Use Bicycle Route – A 3.3m wide, 5.5km shared roadway from Schubert Drive and York Avenue to Crestline and Tranquille Road – $18, 285
  • Kamloops: Hugh Allan Painted Bike Route – 1.5m wide, 0.25 km long bike lanes along Hugh Allan Drive from Rogers Way to Pacific Way – $7,938
  • Langford: Atkins Avenue Bicycle Trail Connector – 3m wide, 320m long shared roadway from 372 Atkins Avenue to 301 Atkins Avenue – $321,350
  • Langley (City): 203 Street Cycling Project – 1.7m wide, 1.5km long separated bike path along 203 Street from Michaud Crescent to Grade Crescent – $440,000
  • Langley (Township): Telegraph Trail Connector – 1.5m wide, 2.56 km long shoulder bikeway from 216 Street at NW Langley Greenway to Telegraph Trail at Glover Road –$70,000
  • Maple Ridge: 128 Avenue Corridor Improvements – 3m wide, 1.5km long separated bike path along 128 Avenue from 210 Street to 216 Street – $254,270
  • North Vancouver: Chesterfield Avenue Bike Route – 1.5m wide bike lane in the northbound direction and a single file trail lane in the southbound direction, along Chesterfield Avenue from 4th Street to 13th Street. Total length: 0.6km – $292,284
  • Port Alberni: Rogers Creek Ravine Trails – 3m wide, 1km long multi-use path from Tebor/Cherry Creek Avenue to Vimy Street – $70,000
  • Pouce Coupe: Pouce Coupe Community Interconnection – 2m wide, 0.5km long separated bike path from 52nd Avenue at Ball Diamond Road to railroad tracks (beside Highway 2) – $24,750
  • Powell River: Cycling Infrastructure Phase II – 1.5 to 2m wide, 1.88km long bike lanes along Joyce Avenue from Manson Avenue to Harvie Avenue – $177,441
  • Prince George: Prince George Arterial Bicycle Routes – Development of 1.8 to 2.5m wide, 36.3km long bike lanes through street markings and signing throughout Prince George – $250,000
  • Richmond: Crosstown neighbourhood bike route 3m wide combination shared roadway and off-street multi-use pathway from Railway Avenue to Gilbert Road. Total length: 2km – $295,000
  • Saanich: Borden Street Bike Lanes – 4m wide, 0.3km long separated bike path from McKenzie Avenue to the Lochside Trail – $140,000
  • Summerland: Dale Meadows Bike Path – 5m wide, 0.14km long separated bike path from the south end of Sinclair Road to the Dale Meadows Sport Facility – $68,006
  • Surrey: Bon Accord Greenway – 1.7m wide bike lanes and a 3 to 4m wide separated bike path from 144 Street and 109 Avenue to 150 Street at 105 Avenue. Total length: 2.2km – $420,254
  • Trail: Trail Pipe/Pedestrian Bridge – 3.8m wide, 280m long multi-use bridge along the TransCanada Trail across the Columbia River – $800,000
  • Tsawwassen First Nation: Tsawwassen Drive to Breakwater – 4.2m wide, 0.35km long off-street multi-use path from Tsawwassen Drive North at Blue Heron Way to Breakwater Path – $440,000
  • Vancouver: Adanac Bikeway Improvement – shared roadway along the Adanac Bikeway at Adanac and Renfrew Streets, including bicycle-actuated signals. Total length: 50m –$175,000
  • Victoria: Heron Cove and Raymur Point Bridges – Two 4m wide cyclist/pedestrian bridges to connect existing pathways from Ogden Point to downtown. Total length: 100m – $440,000

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