During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kamloops experienced a spike in active transportation activity. The City is excited to support this momentum by accelerating the delivery of active transportation infrastructure, such as multi-use pathways, through government grants. Most recently, the City is the recipient of $451,458 to support these active transportation initiatives.
The Province’s BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program awarded the City 50% of the cost of building a multi-use pathway in Westsyde as part of the provincial Move. Commute. Connect. program, BC’s comprehensive strategy to make local transportation safer, greener, and more accessible for all British Columbians.
The planned project in Westsyde provides a 430 m-long, 3.6 m-wide, paved multi-use path along the west side of Westsyde Road between Westmount Drive and Batchelor Hills Drive, with upgrades that include intersection pavement markings, pathway lighting, pedestrian tactile surfaces, and widened bus stop areas. This new multi-use path would extend the existing multi-use path that currently runs along Westsyde Road from Westmount Elementary School on Walkem Road to Westmount Drive. The new multi-use path section would also provide connectivity to the future bike route facilities on Westmount Drive, Collingwood Drive, and Batchelor Hills Drive.
Construction is anticipated for 2022.
“Safe, active transportation is one of our highest priorities. We are pleased with the government’s continued support to invest in making our city more cycling, pedestrian, and transit friendly,” commented Purvez Irani, the City’s Transportation Manager. “The additional funding from the grant program allows us to accelerate the timelines on several key active transportation projects in the city.”
The Westsyde Road Multi-Use Path Project is part of the north-south bike corridor that aims to complete a series of core routes in Kamloops’ active transportation network. Construction on the Summit-Downtown Connection, including protected bike lanes on 6th Avenue, which is another integral portion of the bike corridor, began in September. That project was also a successful recipient of government grant funding. The north-south bike corridor is part of the Kamloops Transportation Master Plan that meets multiple active transportation goals, including sustainable alternative transportation modes and an integrated network for all modes of transportation.
The Province’s funding announcement can be viewed at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TRAN0135-001815.