The Village is excited to share that the Province announced today that we will be receiving $500,000 from the BikeBC Program for the Friendship Trail Bridge. The Bridge is part of the Friendship Trail, which is part of the Sea to Sky Trail and Trans Canada Trail. The aim of the Friendship Trail and Bridge is to provide a linear, safe connection between the Village, Plateau Neighbourhood, future recreation site and Lil’wat Nation. In turn, detering commuters from accessing the Village core by Highway 99. Learn more about this project.
The Village of Pemberton and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District will be sharing more information regarding the Friendship Trail and Bridge projects soon. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.
The Province of BC Media Release is found below:
Pemberton will receive $500,000 in BikeBC funding this year for the Pemberton-Mount Currie Commuter Friendship Trail Bridge, announced MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky Jordan Sturdy on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“BikeBC funding for the Friendship Trail Bridge project will help the region realize the long-standing goal of connecting Pemberton and Mount Currie through a safe and accessible non-motorized trail that will support active lifestyles, provides alternatives to the car and literally build a bridge between neighbours” said Sturdy. “It’s partnerships and investments like these that grow community and connect us all with B.C.’s great outdoor lifestyle.”
The project is part of $ 9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects throughout the province, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to improve the safety of cyclists. Through B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan, the ministry has now committed $20 million over three years to the BikeBC program.
BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $230 million in cycling grants and infrastructure across the province.
Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases.
Over the next three years the ministry and its partners are investing over $4.6 billion in priority transportation investments as part of B.C on the Move.
For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC