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NDP MLAs Kelli Paddon and Dan Coulter say safer roads on the way for Chilliwack and Kent

May 14, 2024 at 1:26 pm  Politics, Provincial

CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLAs Kelli Paddon and Dan Coulter say people in Chilliwack and Kent will benefit from safer roads thanks to another year of Vision Zero grants, that will help prevent serious injuries and deaths.

“Infrastructure and road safety are critical concerns for British Columbians living in smaller, rural communities, including Harrison Hot Springs,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “I am thrilled to see this funding going towards keeping road users and pedestrians safe by reducing the risk of serious accidents and injuries.”

In Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Kent, the following organizations are receiving funding:

  • The Village Harrison Hot Springs is receiving $17,209 for their School Travel Safety Program.
  • The City of Chilliwack is receiving $19,698 for their William’s Street Crosswalk Safety Improvement project.

Street safety is an important aspect to protect pedestrians.” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack “These investments in improving Chilliwack’s Williams Street Crosswalk will help keep pedestrians safe in their community when trying to cross the street.”

For the third year in a row, Vision Zero grants have been awarded to communities around British Columbia to improve road safety. A total of $866,657 has gone to 53 projects in 56 communities, including 22 projects in First Nations communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government is working toward making roads in British Columbia safer for pedestrians, active transportation users and drivers. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.

 

Learn More: Program gets on the road again to help promote safety | BC Gov News

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