Friday, September 17, 2021

Active transportation funding to connect Haida Gwaii communities

A new Active Transportation link will be put in place
between Skidegate First Nation and the Village of Queen Charlotte
following a funding announcement today

A project that will link the Skidegate First Nation and Village of Queen Charlotte will move forward with just under 214,000 in funding announced today by the British Columbia government and North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.

The initiative which is part of the province's active transportation funding, will be known as The Skidegate-Queen Charlotte Multi-use Commuter Route will be a 12.5-kilometre bicycle/pedestrian route along Highway 16 between Skidegate and Queen Charlotte, as well as signed “bikeways” along low-traffic roads that parallel Highway 16. 

The North Coast MLA noting today how the route will will safely connect neighbourhoods to parks, schools, and town centres. 

“We’re working to safely connect more communities here in the North through new active transportation infrastructure,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “People will soon be able to go cycling, walking, or running on the new 12.5-km multi-use route between Skidegate and Queen Charlotte, giving people better access to cleaner and more efficient ways of getting around.”

Ms Rice's notes on the funding can be reviewed in full here.

The Haida Gwaii project is one of three in the Northwest out of 33 funding allocations directed towards Indigenous and Local Governments on the day.
Burns Lake and the Lake Babine Nation gained 500,000 dollars for a project to link their two communities, while the City of Terrace will receive 156,000 thousand dollars for Secure Bike Storage Shelters for the community.

A review of today's announcement and the full list of all the communities to receive some good news can be examined here.

More notes from the BC Legislature can be found on our Legislative Archive page.

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