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Kelowna Gets $460,000 for Better Biking Lanes and Trails

Kelowna cyclists getting ready to go on the Okanagan Grape Escape Tour. (Photo Credit: KelownaNow)

Kelowna's active transportation is about to get better, with the announcement of thousands in funding towards two infrastructure programs.

The provincial government has announced that two Kelowna projects are getting a total of $460,000 in BikeBC funding, which funds local projects and trails to support cyclists and pedestrians. Phase 2 of the UBC Okanagan Rails with Trails project is getting $100,000 for sign installation to guide those using the trails to and from the university. Meanwhile, Lakeshore Avenue Active Transportation Corridor is getting $360,000 for separated bike paths and bike lanes between DeHart Road and McClure Road.

Cyclists listening to the John Hindle Drive announcement, which will provide a safer way to bike from Glenmore to the university. (Photo Credit: KelownaNow)

“Bike paths and lanes provide a great option for commuters looking to get out of their cars and boost their physical activity,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. The Premier added that this new investment would help people get around Kelowna more easily, reducing traffic congestion and helping the environment.

“These dollars continue to expand alternative transportation options for Kelowna residents, and help build a healthier community,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “Whether it’s walking the trails or riding the bike paths, these improvements will improve the user experience for all.”

BikeBC is giving $3.49 million in funding towards 20 communities across the province.

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