The provincial government has announced new funding for building new cycling infrastructures across Metro Vancouver, with the highest funding allocated for projects by the City of Vancouver.
Of the $2.2 million dedicated to select municipalities in Metro Vancouver through BikeBC program, $1 million will be invested in upgrading the City of Vancouver’s bike lanes downtown.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena said in a news release that the province will continue investing in “active transportation” infrastructures.
“Cycling is great for your health, your wallet, and the environment,” Trevena stated. “It’s an excellent way to stay connected to your community. Our government will continue to work with regional, local and Indigenous governments to build safe infrastructure that supports active transportation.”
According to the provincial government, its BikeBC program grants provide communities with financial support to create new cycling infrastructure, as well as improving the existing transportation networks to make local transportation safer, greener, and more accessible.
“We know that traffic is a major issue and our government is dedicated to supporting infrastructure that diversifies travel options for British Columbians,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End. “These investments in active transportation will help reduce traffic, lead us to a cleaner environment and provide affordable travel choices for people commuting to the places they work, learn, play and socialize.”
As part of a new strategy to lead B.C. toward a more sustainable future, the provincial government is planning to make walking, cycling, scootering, skateboarding, and other modes of active transportation more convenient for people. The new strategy will be unveiled in the coming weeks, the B.C. government said in its news release.
According to the 2016 census, “active transportation”, which is defined as walking or cycling to work, was used by 9.1 percent in the central metropolitan area of Vancouver in 2015.
The City of Vancouver’s 2017 Walking and Cycling Report Card shows that seven percent of trips in Vancouver in 2017 were by cycling.
According to data from the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Panel Survey, the number of people cycling in in the city has increased 75 percent in 2017 compared to 2013.
Berlin-based insurance company, Coya, has ranked Vancouver as the second best city in North America for cycling. It is ranked the 37th city in the world for cycling ahead of Beijing.