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Ontario Helping City of Peterborough Expand Cycling and Improve Safety

Province Investing $325,000 in Local Cycling Infrastructure

 

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April 15th, 2016

 

Ontario is providing $325,000 to the City of Peterborough over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

 

The City of Peterborough will receive $325,000 to transform part of George Street adding 1.24 kilometres of bike lanes that will significantly improve safety and access to destinations through the busiest downtown corridor

 

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.

 

Investing in cycling infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

 

QUOTES

 

“This is great news for the City of Peterborough. Investing in our local cycling infrastructure will help keep our cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around.”

— Jeff Leal, MPP

 

“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

 

"Improvements along the section of George Street south of the downtown will make it a more inviting and safe space for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. It will implement the Complete Street concept that we are endeavouring to create throughout our community as a way to improve conditions for all modes of transportation."

-Mayor Daryl Bennett

 

 

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Projects selected for funding most effectively aligned with the program objectives: improving connections between local cycling networks, promoting safety, enabling recreation and tourism, encouraging innovation, research and data collection, supporting partnerships and improving awareness of cycling as a viable transportation mode.
  • Almost three million Ontarians hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall and many cycle year-round.

 

 

LEARN MORE

 

CycleON: Ontario's Cycling Strategy

CycleON Action Plan 1.0

Bicycle Safety

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