Provincial dollars paying for bike lanes and transit buses in Guelph

Guelph MPP Liz Sandals and Mayor Cam Guthrie were on hand to announce $4 million going towards Guelph Transit and cycling initiatives. Matt Carty / CJOY News

Guelph city hall has some big plans for the $4 million it’s getting from Ontario’s municipal commuter cycling and gas tax programs.

Guelph MPP Liz Sandals and Mayor Cam Guthrie were on hand Friday afternoon to announce the funding will go towards replacing old transit buses and cycling initiatives.

Over $1.1 million will be spent on a multi-use path on Woodlawn Road, between Imperial Road and Silvercreek Parkway.

“The funding will also allow the city to re-allocate some of its capital budget towards two other priority projects: the addition of downtown bicycle parking and a paved shoulder on Victoria Road between the Speed River bridge and Stone Road East,” said Guthrie.

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Guelph Central Station will see 200 bicycle parking spaces and 20 lockers for cyclist commuting around the region, Guthrie said.

“We want to really encourage people to commute and of course, we can’t do that if we can’t also provide them a place to lock up their bicycle.”

Guelph is receiving another $2.9 million from Ontario’s gas tax program to replace some of the aging transit fleet.

“The more we use public transit, the more we help the environment by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution,” Sandals said.

The gas tax program provides Ontario municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues.

Guelph has received over $35 million since the gas tax program began in 2004, according to the province.

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