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NDP MLAs say grant will support active transportation in Richmond

February 17, 2023 at 1:46 pm  Politics, Provincial

RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao and Aman Singh say more people in Richmond will be able to safely and conveniently choose active transportation to get around, thanks to provincial funding for new active transportation infrastructure.

“Choosing low polluting ways to get around is a great step to reduce your carbon footprint,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Introducing multi-use paths will also bring more biodiversity and mini ecosystems to Richmond, allowing more people to connect with nature.”

The City of Richmond is receiving a provincial Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant for $500,000 for a fully separated multi-use path along south side of Steveston Highway from Mortfield Gate to No. 2 Road.

“We all know how important it is to get outside and explore our communities, but sometimes these opportunities are not accessible to everyone,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “That’s why our government is investing in this new multi-use path to allow people of all ages and abilities to explore our beautiful community.”

74 new infrastructure and planning projects in communities all around B.C. 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.

“This new multi-use path is part of our goal to increase green, sustainable infrastructure in our communities,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “This path will allow people to travel safely around Richmond without increasing the number of cars on our roads.”

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: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28248

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