City receives funding for Highway 97, Carson Drive cycling lane upgrade

Williams Lake has received funding to build a separated bike path and shared roadway at Highway 97/Toop Road and Carson Drive.

Twenty communities throughout B.C., including Williams Lake, will receive more than $3.69 million in BikeBC funding this year to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths.

The funding in Williams Lake comes in the form of $142,498 to build a separated bike path and shared roadway at Highway 97/Toop Road and Carson Drive.

“The importance of cycling infrastructure in our communities is a common theme we hear when talking to British Columbians about their transportation priorities,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said. “Our Bike BC program supports those priorities and this year’s funding will be used for projects across the province, from Sooke to Williams Lake to Prince George.”

BikeBC is the province’s cost-sharing program that helps local governments build cycling projects that attract and support commuter, recreational and tourism cyclists and pedestrians.

This year’s investment is anticipated to generate more than $7.38 million in cycling infrastructure.

Since 2001 the B.C. government has committed almost $155 million for cycling infrastructure, creating new bicycle lanes and trails in more than 100 communities in the province.

During consultations for the new 10-year transportation plan, BC on the Move, the ministry heard that enhanced cycling infrastructure and improved transportation choices are important to British Columbians.