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From: Infrastructure Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, November 15, 2023 — Active transportation projects will provide healthy and affordable transportation options for three communities in British Columbia, thanks to the combined investment of $869,950 from the Government of Canada, the City of Vancouver, and Powell River Community Forest. Announced by Minister Kamal Khera, these projects will improve residents’ quality of life by planning and building active travel networks that will help build more sustainable communities.
Vancouver will receive funding to evaluate the feasibility of reallocating road space on Granville Street and Cambie Street to better serve all transportation modes and of creating active travel connections to South Granville and City-Hall Broadway subway stations. The study will look at designing safer and improved pedestrian connections to and from the stations, access to future stations, and connections to bus routes.
Investments in Abbotsford will support feasibility and design studies for the Mómeqwem multi-use pathway and McLennan Creek active transportation crossing, a priority project identified in the Matsqui First Nation’s Active Transportation Plan. Studies will investigate building an off-street, multi-use pathway to connect residential homes on Flora Lane to the community centre and the Trans Canada Trail. The study will also examine the existing McLennan Creek active transportation crossing to bring it up to modern safety and design standards.
Funding will also construct a new 1.6 km multi-use path in Powell River connecting the community’s only high school, Brooks Secondary, and the entire historic Townsite neighborhood to the Westview neighborhood and its amenities.
This investment is part of Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy, which aims to create and improve pathways, bike lanes, and pedestrian bridges all over the country. It’s a big step towards healthier living and creating tight-knit communities, making a better-connected Canada for us all.
“Strategic investments in active transportation foster inclusive and sustainable communities. Working in tandem with our partners, we’re creating safe avenues to connect all British Columbians to schools, jobs, and important amenities, and to reduce reliance on cars.”
The Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
“Today’s funding announcement will help us explore how to best connect people to the future Broadway-City Hall and South Granville SkyTrain stations. Quality infrastructure for people to safely cycle and walk to subway stations is vital for our growing city. We want to thank the Federal Government for helping move this important active transportation initiative forward.”
His Worship Ken Sim, Mayor of Vancouver
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