Ontario Investing $93 Million in Cycling This Year
Ontario is investing $93 million in cycling infrastructure this year, more than doubling the initial $42.5 million announced earlier this year. This is 10 times the amount that the BC Government has invested this year through the BikeBC cost sharing program. Toronto alone is receiving $25.6 million, almost 3 times the funding for all of BC in in 2017. This is in spite of the fact that BC's rate of cycling commuting in BC is twice that of Ontario's. According to the 2016 Census, 2.5% of people in BC cycle to work while 1.2% commute by bike in Ontario.
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The investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market. While the BC Government recently announced increases in the Carbon tax can be used for green initiatives, it has yet to commit any of this revenue to cycling infrastructure.
Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change states:
Reducing greenhouse gas pollution from transportation is one of the most important actions we can take to fight climate change. Creating more bike lanes in communities big and small makes it easier and safer for people across the province to choose cleaner, quicker ways of getting around. This investment shows how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to build a healthier planet for future generations.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport says:
Cycling keeps our communities healthy, active and well connected. We want to ensure that people across Ontario have the infrastructure they need to keep cycling safe, accessible and easy for all. The benefits to jumping on a bike are endless – it can be a wonderful way to explore our cities and a healthy method to get those much-needed errands done
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