HARTLEY BAY, B.C. – The Province announced Wednesday that the Active Transportation Grants program will be helping to rebuild some of British Columbia’s economy after the pandemic and meet CleanBC’s climate goals.
Residents from six northern communities will be able to benefit from new and improved pedestrian and cycling framework.
The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants program helps to provide Indigenous governments, municipalities, and regional districts with the financial support they need to build new infrastructure and to make any improvements to existing networks. This program helps to support goals that have been set out within the Province’s CleanBC plan, as well as Move. Commute. Connect. -B.C’s strategy for a cleaner, more active form of transportation. These programs help to meet the climate action targets that will help to reduce the province’s carbon footprint and improve air quality for all residents.
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In an empty school parking lot in southwest Calgary, Candi DeVetten practises riding her new bike.
She teeters at first, reaching out a foot to stop from falling. DeVetten finds her balance and tries again. Soon, she is off, riding smoothly and sporting a big grin.
“It feels so freeing,” says DeVetten, 32, who learned how to ride a bike for the first time in mid-May.
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FeNor has announced it is boosting the tourism industry with a total of $7.6 million in funding to support Northern communities to help job creation and assist with funding to promote the tourism industry which has been crippled due to COVID-19.
In Nipissing, Discovery Routes Trails Organization is receiving $82,800 in funding. The money will be used to implement a marketing strategy for the Voyageur Cycling Route in Northeastern Ontario.
“Discovery Routes is thrilled that the Federal government is supporting the Voyageur Cycling Route as an experience that will help the tourism sector recover,” stated Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director of Discovery Routes.
“Cycling has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past decade with a rapidly growing demand for cycling destinations that connect visitors to the local community. In the context of COVID-19, bicycle tourism presents an opportunity for businesses to welcome back tourists that are attracted to Northern Ontario’s wide-open spaces and natural landscapes while sharing our stories of local heritage and culture.”
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