March 15, 2016
Ontario is providing $325,000 to the Town of Nwemarket over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province improve cycling safety in their communities and invest in cycling infrastructure. Ontario is providing 50 per cent of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $325,000 and municipalities awarded funding under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program will begin receiving funds in April 2016. Eligible projects for funding include the installation or improvement of on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.
The Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program is helping implement #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, the government’s 20-year vision to encourage the growth of cycling and improve safety for cyclists across the province.
Investing in cycling infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
"This is great news for Town of Newmarket. Investing in our local cycling infrastructure will help keep our cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around." — Chris Ballad, MPP Newmaket-Aurora
"Building cycling infrastructure is important in helping us make Ontario a great place to ride a bike. Working together with our partners, the cycling community and local municipalities, I know we will succeed in making Ontario a cycling leader in North America." — Kathryn McGarry, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
"Newmarket residents have long enjoyed using our award-winning trail system, and specifically the Tom Taylor and Nokiidaa Trails – which runs north to south and connects to the Towns of Aurora and East Gwillimbury – and the recreational opportunities they provide. Building on that success, the Town of Newmarket will embark on a new cycling project that will connect residents in the east and west parts of Town, will help to get people out of their cars and will take us one step further in rounding out the vibrant and dynamic Newmarket that we have all come to enjoy." – Tony van Bynen, Mayor, Town of Newmarket
Projects selected for funding most effectively aligned with the program objectives: improving connections between local cycling networks, promoting safety, enabling recreation and tourism, encouraging innovation, research and data collection, supporting partnerships and improving awareness of cycling as a viable transportation mode.
Almost three million Ontarians hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall and many cycle year-round.
Brian Morris, B.A.
Constituency Manager & Executive Assistant
Office of Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora
238 Wellington St. E., Suite 203
Aurora, ON L4G
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