B.C. puts brakes on bike funds

Bike BC grants don’t include funding for any projects in the capital region

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVVC) is disappointed the recent 2017 Bike BC grants did not include funding for any projects in the capital region.

According to the GVVC, at least two municipalities submitted applications for Bike BC funding in 2017 — the City of Victoria for the Fort Street protected bike lane and the District of Saanich for the McKenzie bike lane between Cedar Hill Road and Shelbourne Street.

“Both of these projects meet Bike BC’s standards of high quality bike lanes that will encourage more people to ride,” said Edward Pullman, president of the GVCC. “The lack of support shows just how underfunded bike infrastructure is in B.C.”

Last year BikeBC funded four projects in the region — the Pandora Avenue protected bike lane, Landsdowne bike lanes in Saanich, closing the E&N Rail Trail gap through Esquimalt and Songhees Nation, and Dunford bike lanes in Langford.