The Province announced on Tuesday that the Village of Pemberton will receive $500,000 from the BikeBC Program for the Friendship Trail Bridge:
Above: Area C Director Russell Mack, Village of Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman, Lil'wat Nation Kukwpi7 Skalulmecw Chief Dean Nelson join West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy to celebrate the announcement of the final piece of funding required to make the long-envisioned Friendship Trail and Bridge a reality.
Pemberton will receive $500,000 in BikeBC funding this year for the Pemberton-Mount Currie Commuter Friendship Trail Bridge, announced MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky Jordan Sturdy on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“BikeBC funding for the Friendship Trail Bridge project will help the region realize the long-standing goal of connecting Pemberton and Mount Currie through a safe and accessible non-motorized trail that will support active lifestyles, provides alternatives to the car and literally build a bridge between neighbours” said Sturdy. “It’s partnerships and investments like these that grow community and connect us all with B.C.’s great outdoor lifestyle.”
The project is part of $ 9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects throughout the province, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to improve the safety of cyclists. Through B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan, the ministry has now committed $20 million over three years to the BikeBC program.
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $230 million in cycling grants and infrastructure across the province.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases.
Over the next three years the ministry and its partners are investing over $4.6 billion in priority transportation investments as part of B.C on the Move.
For more information about Bike BC, visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/cycling
Details about the Friendship Trail and Bridge project coming soon.