British Columbia increases BikeBC infrastructure pot to $8 million

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has set aside $8 million for cycling infrastructure projects in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The ministry had previously committed $18 million over a three year period as part of the BikeBC program.

“I know that incorporating more cycling infrastructure in their community plans is a priority for many local governments,” said minister Todd Stone. “This is also a key priority for our government and this additional investment of $2 million will go a long way to make taking your bike to work and to school more attractive, and making municipal streets safer for cyclists.”

The call for applications for both programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Going forward, the ministry will implement the earlier intake dates annually.

In contrast to other transport spend allocation, the funding is however miniscule, especially considering the province’s 4.6 million strong population. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.