Province Investing $295,000 in Cycling Infrastructure for Hamilton
Ontario Expanding Cycling Networks and Improving Safety
Ontario is providing $295,000 to the City of Hamilton over the next two years to help build new cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
The City of Hamilton will receive $295,000 to build a new 2.3 kilometre cycling route that includes painted bike lanes, physically separated bike lanes and a bike path alongside the road. This combination of infrastructure will create a safe cycling route. The new route will connect a densely populated neighbourhood to the city core and to waterfront recreational areas. It will also connect to GO and Hamilton transit services, as well as to the future light rail transit (LRT) line which will offer rapid, reliable and convenient service. This will provide residents with new options to combine modes of travel for their daily trips.
Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province improve cycling safety 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 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 transit and 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.
- 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.
- In May 2015, Ontario committed up to $1 billion to build a new LRT line in Hamilton that will connect directly to the new West Harbour GO Station, as well as high-order pedestrian connection to the Hamilton Centre GO Station. Procurement for the LRT will start in 2017, with construction starting in 2019.
“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 like Hamilton, I know we will succeed in making Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”
“This is great news for the City of Hamilton. 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.”