The province is providing nearly $1 million for bike lanes in Victoria and Oak Bay.
On Wednesday, the NDP government announced the eighteen communities will receive BikeBC grants for cycling projects that support green transportation options and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
Victoria was awarded $895,000 for the 700-metre Wharf Street protected bike lane, which will run on the west side of Wharf Street from Pandora Avenue to Government Street. The two-way protected bike lane is expected to cost more than $2 million and would be the third protected bike lane in the city. There is currently one on the north side of Pandora Avenue between Cook and Wharf streets and another on Fort Street between Cooke and Wharf streets.
Oak Bay will receive $78, 160 for the Cadboro Bay Road bike-land project. Elsewhere on Vancouver Island, Qualicum Beach will get $693,830 for Uptown to Waterfront connector completion and the We Wai Kai Nation near Campbell River will receive $2,513 for a community connector project.
The other communities that will receive BikeBC funding are:
- Whistler: $401,698 for Fitzsimmons Valley Trail upgrades
- Invermere: $299,787 for District of Invermere Westside Legacy Trail connector
- University of British Columbia: $1 million for Wesbrook Mall redesign – Phase 1
- Vancouver: $332,000 for Cambie Bridge active transportation Improvements
- West Kelowna: $258,697 for Boucherie Road Wine Trail – Phase 2
- Bowen Island: $135,666 for Bowen Island Spirit Trail – Phase 1
- Columbia Shuswap Regional District: $784,077 for Salmon River Road parallel trail
- Fort St. John: $433,736 for 93 Avenue multi-use path
- Fruitvale: $190,823 for Davis Avenue pedestrian/cycling connector
- Gibsons: $331,657 for Gibsons Way multi-use path and bike lane
- Quesnel: $223,500 for Johnston Street Bridge cycling improvements
- Summerland: $20,000 for cycling network plan
- Westbank: $21,395 for First Nation active transportation plan
- Tk’emlups te Secwepemc: $10,000 for cycling network plan
BikeBC is a provincial cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling project. Earlier this year, the province said BikeBC would better support rural communities and offer more flexibility in the kinds of projects eligible for funding.
The B.C. government has invested more than $34 million in 117 cycling projects throughout the province since 2014. The BikeBC 2018-19 grants represent a total investment of $6.11 million.