NEWS March 16, 2016
Ontario is providing $268,500 to the City of Kingston over the next two years to expand cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
The funding will be used to:
Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province improve cycling safety in their communities 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 April 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.
“Expanding our cycling infrastructure will keep cyclists safe, encourage more people to ride a bike, and help create a more active and sustainable community. Cycling offers many personal benefits, such as improved physical and mental health. With more cyclists on the road, our city also benefits from reduced traffic congestion and harmful emissions.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
“We appreciate this government’s investment into active transportation. With these funds we are improving connections between our cycling network and waterfront trail along bath road to help us build a healthy, more active community.”
— Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston
“Building cycling infrastructure is important in helping us make Ontario a great place to ride a bike. Working together with our partners, the cycling community and local municipalities, I know we will succeed in making Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”
— Kathryn McGarry, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
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