Canadian bike path in winter

Courtesy cyclingmagazine.ca

The Liberal government is peddling out a whopping $400 million for bike paths in Canada.

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna announced the creation of The National Active Transportation Fund on Friday, to be spent over the next five years on bike path construction along with pedestrian walkways and bridges, and nature trails.

The made the launch from the Bushtukah Bicycle Shop in Ottawa.

Since 2015, the government spent $130 million on similar projects, but that cash came out of the public transit fund. The new $400 million comes from a separate account taken out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $15-billion transit fund announced last month.

“There wasn’t a separate active-transportation fund,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“It’s really a recognition that this is linked to public transportation.”

Building pathways, so people can bike to trains instead of driving their cars, is good for everyone, said McKenna.

“Canadians love using safe cycling paths and trails to get around their towns and cities. It’s a great way to stay healthy, enjoy nature, and connect to public transit, and it is good for the environment,” said McKenna.

“This investment will make it easier for more people to get around on foot, bikes, scooters, wheelchairs and e-bikes. This is the first national project of its kind in Canada.

“We’re also looking for ways to build back better, by building the Canada we want. With good jobs, a sustainable economy, cleaner air, and more inclusive communities.”

It’s all part of the Liberal plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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