SRD receives $20,000 for active transport on Cortes Island

SRD receives $20,000 for active transport on Cortes Island
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A small island off the coast of Quadra Island has received funding to improve its active transportation options.

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) received $20,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities to increase options for active transport on Cortes Island, according to a press release from the district Thursday.

They say the funding allows the district to implement recommendations made by a transportation demand study in 2017 and encourage residents and visitors to use different modes of travel.

Recommendations include developing a network of bike and walking routes with bike parking and repair facilities and round safety information.

SRD Board chair Brad Unger says the new funding will help make Cortes Island a friendlier place for those already using active transportation.

“Active Transportation is important to the community and a crucial piece in meeting the environmental and health goals of the Cortes Island Official Community Plan,” said Unger in the press release.

“Through this funding, the District will be able to better support those currently walking and cycling, while encouraging more people to choose active transportation modes more often.”

The district says it will consider including active transportation policies in the Official Community Plan for Cortes Island when the bylaw is reviewed.

The funding from the 2021 Active Transportation Planning Program aims to help communities plan for active transport options and double the percentage of trips taken with active transport by 2030.

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