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Ontario investing $25M in cycling infrastructure


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April 7, 2015 by STAFF REPORT

Bike lanes will be added to Highway 137 and the Thousand Island Bridge this year as part of a $25M cycleON infrastructure program. The highway connects the northern end of Interstate 81 in New York with Highway 401, via the Canadian span of the Thousand Islands Bridge. The bridge was opened in August 1938.
Bike lanes will be added to Highway 137 and the Thousand Island Bridge this year as part of a $25M cycleON infrastructure program. The highway connects the northern end of Interstate 81 in New York with Highway 401, via the Canadian span of the Thousand Islands Bridge. The bridge was opened in August 1938.

The province of Ontario is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly environment. The initiative is part of the 20-year CycleON strategy.

The latest funding announcement includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:

      • Highway 33 west of Kingston (part of the Waterfront Trail)
      • Highway 137 structure over the 1000 Island Parkway (part of the Waterfront Trail)
      • Highway 6 on Manitoulin Island and south of Highway 17 at Espanola (part of the Georgian Bay Cycling Route)
      • Highway 17B and Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola (part of the Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route)

The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program to help municipalities:

      • Expand their local cycling routes
      • Connect with provincial cycling routes
      • Launch pilot projects to make cycling improvements

Consultations on the municipal program have concluded and the launch is on track for spring 2015. Work is also underway to identify a province-wide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.


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