September 12, 2017 1:11 pm

Ontario invests more than $2M to improve cycling infrastructure

Sara Cain, AM900 CHML

The province has announced that it will be investing more than $2 million to encourage commuters to choose alternative transit options.

The plan is to add 120 bike lockers to commuter lots throughout the region as well as 28 bike rooms across 26 GO transit stations.

Speaking outside Burlington’s Appleby GO Station this morning, Ontario’s Minister of Culture Tourism and Sport, Eleanor McMahon said, “The bike in front of you is the car that isn’t.”

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“I didn’t see one spot empty in this lot, it’s completely full,” said McMahon.

“So that really to me, makes a cogent argument for why giving people enhanced opportunities and creating that additional capacity is so vitally important.”

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Funding for the project will come from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market auction.

Bike lockers are expected to be complete by 2018.

The bike storage rooms will be rolled over four years with the first to be installed at Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant,  Bronte, Unionville and Stouffville GO stations.

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