The City of Trail is pleased to announce it has received $41,125 in grant funding from the B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Program for the development of an Active Transportation Plan. The City has allocated funding within its 2021 Capital Plan to match this amount for a total expenditure of $82,250 for the project. The Active Transportation Network Plan will be complete and approved by March 2023.
“The Active Transportation Network Plan will provide strategic direction to the community’s goal of prioritizing healthy living with accessible walking, cycling and other active transportation networks for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Lisa Pasin. “By improving connectivity between business districts, key destinations, and between neighbourhoods, commuters will be able to rely less on motor vehicles while feeling safer using designated routes built specifically for pedestrians, bikes and micro-mobility transportation.”
Data sources, reports, and key stakeholder and public engagement will be used in the compilation of the Active Transportation Plan to establish the current mode of transportation share, existing routes and volumes, and origin-destinations.
“The 2013 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the 2001 Official Community Plan and the draft of the 2020 Official Community Plan identify the need for improvement for active transportation,” said Pasin. “The grant funding from the province helps tremendously and we can now surge ahead with a plan.”
The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC), the Lower Columbia Community Development Team (LCCDT) Society, and Community Futures Greater Trail have already expressed their support for the plan through written letters that were submitted with the grant application. “We look forward to working with these organizations and other key stakeholders to enhance our active transportation,” said Pasin.
The City will provide updates as they become available.