Cyclists and pedestrians in Halifax can look forward to 30 kilometres of additional or refurbished pathways through $25-million in government funding.
Three levels of government announced the money for active transportation systems in Atlantic Canada’s largest city today before a large crowd of cyclists and walkers.
The joint funding will create a system dubbed the Halifax Regional All Ages and Abilities Bikeway Network. Mayor Mike Savage says the green initiative is part of a plan to shift 30 per cent of residents out of cars and towards walking, cycling and public transit by 2031.
Mayor @MikeSavageHFX on the MacDonald bike lane.— Graeme Benjamin (@GlobalGraeme) July 29, 2019
“Is it expensive? Yeah, it’s expensive. Will it be worth it? Yes, it will be worth it.”
“We’re going to be a cycling city.”@globalhalifax #Halifax pic.twitter.com/lcWGqUL6FD
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Kelsey Lane, a spokeswoman for the Ecology Action Centre, praises the funding and predicts it will improve both public safety and environmental sustainability.
Ottawa will contribute $12.5 million, while the province is providing $8.25 million and the city is adding $4.25 million.