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Ontario Helping Southwest Ontario Expand Cycling and Improve Safety

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Ontario Helping Southwest Ontario Expand Cycling and Improve Safety

Province Investing $1.95 Million in Local Cycling Infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is providing $1.95 million to Southwest Ontario over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

The municipalities of London, Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Kingsville and Chatham-Kent will be receiving $325,000 each to expand their cycling infrastructure.

Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province invest in cycling infrastructure and improve cycling safety in their communities. 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 spring 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.

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.

Background Information

Additional Resources

Quotes

Deb Matthews

“This is great news for Southwest Ontario. 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.”

Deb Matthews

MPP, London North Centre

Kathryn McGarry

“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

“The City of Windsor is committed to improving our road infrastructure, for both motorists and cyclists alike. This Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure funding will certainly help us achieve our healthy community goals.”

Mayor of Windsor

Drew Dilkens

“This is a tremendous opportunity to connect two major regional trail systems. As you know, active transportation is not just a requirement of healthy lifestyles, it’s demanded by our citizens.”

Gary McNamara

Mayor of Tecumseh

“Improving our community’s Active Transportation Network is making great strides today with the support of our Provincial Government and their Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Fund. This funding will provide for improved public safety while enhancing our quality of life experience through active living. Kingsville will benefit with the immediate creation of a 4.1 kilometre cycling route that includes paved shoulders, and an off-road path for cycling and walking through a very popular lakefront area in Canada’s Most Southern Town.”

Nelson Santos

Mayor of Kingsville

“The bicycle lanes on Todd Lane will connect with the paths along the Herb Gray Parkway providing access in and out of LaSalle. The development of trails and bicycle lanes has been identified as priority projects for Council in our Strategic Plan. Connectivity between the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Transportation) and the Town of LaSalle provides safe and friendly bicycle routes for all of the residents of LaSalle and the surrounding areas.”

Ken Antaya

Mayor of LaSalle

Media Contacts

  • Patrick Searle

    Minister’s Office

    Patrick.Searle@ontario.ca

  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch

    416-327-1158

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