Chatham-Kent will receive provincial funding for new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

Chatham-Kent will receive a $755,203 in provincial funding for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure.

Ontario is more than doubling its investment in local cycling to build bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure in towns and cities across the province, announced government officials.

This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, were in Toronto yesterday where they were joined by Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport and Ana Bailão, Deputy Mayor for Toronto and East York to announce the recipients of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program–and an increase in the program’s funding.

“Cycling is a convenient and sustainable way to get around and that is why we are committed to building more cycling infrastructure to make it easier for people to bike. Our government looks forward to continue working with our partners and the cycling community to ensure we create a safe and integrated cycling network,” stated Del Duca.

Active transportation is a critical part of the transportation system, and across Ontario, 120 municipalities from Essex County to Thunder Bay will receive funding from the province to build more bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, or enhance existing infrastructure.

Quick facts:

  • The province is investing $93 million this year, more than doubling the initial $42.5 million announced earlier this year. Toronto is receiving $25.6 million.
  • All Ontario municipalities will have additional opportunities to apply for and benefit from the four-year program.
  • A 2016 survey found that over three quarters of Bike Share members felt that their riding behaviour has increased as a result of using Bike share.
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