Province Investing $662,000 in Cycling Infrastructure for Niagara Area Municipalities
– Fort Erie, ON
Ontario is providing $662,000 to Niagara area municipalities over the next two years to help build new cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
Niagara Region will receive $325,000 to install a new 1.06 kilometre cycling and walking path that offers an off-road alternative to Merritville Highway and provides improved access to Brock University.
Fort Erie and The Niagara Parks Commission will receive $250,000 to improve a scenic, 3 kilometre long section of the Niagara River Recreation Trail, which forms part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route, the Trans Canada Trail network, the Waterfront Trail and the 475-km Greenbelt Route. This work includes a new off-road path for walking and cycling and a signed bicycle route on a shared roadway.
Niagara-on-the-Lake will receive $87,000 to construct a new 1.2 kilometre cycling and walking path alongside Niagara Stone Road. This work will separate cyclists from motor vehicles on a busy road and provide a safer route to two schools and to tourism destinations. The new path will also link to an existing cycling route to create a connection between the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the community of Virgil.
Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province improve cycling safety and invest in cycling infrastructure. Ontario is providing 50 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $325,000 and municipalities awarded funding under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program will begin receiving funds in spring 2016. Eligible projects for funding include the installation or improvement of on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.
The Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program is helping implement #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, the government’s 20-year vision to encourage the growth of cycling and improve safety for cyclists across the province.
Investing in cycling infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
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