Province Investing $295,000 in Cycling Infrastructure for Hamilton
– Hamilton, ON
Ontario is providing $295,000 over the next two years to help build new cycling infrastructure for Hamilton through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
The City of Hamilton will receive $295,000 to build a new 2.3 kilometre cycling route that includes painted bike lanes, physically separated bike lanes and a bike path alongside the road. This combination of infrastructure will create a safe cycling route. The new route will connect a densely populated neighbourhood to the city core and to waterfront recreational areas. It will also connect to GO and Hamilton transit services, as well as to the future light rail transit (LRT) line which will offer rapid, reliable and convenient service. This will provide residents with new options to combine modes of travel for their daily trips.
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 transit and 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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