Ontario is investing in municipalities over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
The City of London will receive $350,000 to create a 1km long multi-use path that connects existing paths in Kiwanis Park North to existing paths in Kiwanis Park South.
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.
“This is wonderful news for Londoners. I’m proud our government is investing in our local cycling infrastructure. This investment will help keep our cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around.”
— Deb Matthews, MPP, London North Centre
“Healthy and safe cycling is a priority of this Council and community. We are pleased that the Province is addressing infrastructure gaps and supporting our strategies to encourage cycling. Our community thrives when we are all connected, and this is an opportunity to increase connectivity, provide a safer route and encourage cycling in our community.”
— Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert, City of London
“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