NDP MLA Melanie Mark says new infrastructure funding a boost for community services

NDP MLAs Kelli Paddon and Dan Coulter say grant will support active transportation in the Chiliwack, Tzeachten First Nation, and the FVRD

February 16, 2023 at 1:20 pm  Politics, Provincial

CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLAs Kelli Paddon and Dan Coulter say more people in Chilliwack, Tzeachten First Nation and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) will be able to safely and conveniently choose active transportation to get around, thanks to provincial funding for new active transportation infrastructure.

“Making walking, cycling and other non-motorized transportation easier helps people stay safe, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint. I’m looking forward to seeing people out on these multi-use pathways once they’re complete!” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent.

In the Chilliwack area, the following local governments are receiving Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants:

  • Tzeachten First Nation will be receiving $500,000 to construct a new sidewalk and bike lane on the south side side of Bailey Road from Chilliwack River Road to te edge of Tzeachten reserve boundaries at Matheson Road.
  • The city of Chilliwack will be receiving $500,000 to install a new sidewalk and improve bike lanes on Tyson Road between Evans Road and Watson Road.
  • The Fraser Valley Regional District will be receiving $50,000 to develop an Active Transportation Network Plan that provides safe options for active modes of transportation and connects communities.

“Upgrades and improvements to sidewalks and cycling paths make a real difference in people’s everyday lives, whether they’re getting to work or exploring the community. I’m glad to see our government investing in active transportation projects all across the province,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack.

74 new infrastructure and planning projects in communities all around BC are receiving funding as part of this round of provincial grants. These include projects like multi-use pathways, bike lanes, pedestrian bridges, and improvements to lighting, sidewalks, and road quality and safety.

By partnering with local and Indigenous governments to fund these projects, the province is giving more people the option to use active transportation in their daily travel. Making these options more accessible supports the province’s CleanBC commitments to increase trips by walking, cycling, and transit by 30% by 2030.

Learn More: Active transportation grants benefit B.C. communities | BC Gov News

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