Cycling routes in Ontario get financial bump

​The provincial government says it's moving ahead with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly Ontario.
A new Ontario plan includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide connections on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders, and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. (David Donnelly/CBC)

The provincial government says it's moving ahead with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly Ontario.

The plan includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide connections on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles.

Some early proposals include:

  • Highway 33 west of Kingston
  • Highway 137 at the 1,000 Islands Parkway
  • Highway 6 on Manitoulin Island
  • Highway 17 in Espanola area
  • ​Highway 17B and Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola turnoff.

The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

The program is designed to help municipalities expand local cycling routes, connect with provincial cycling routes, and launch pilot projects to make cycling improvements.

Officials say work is also underway to identify a province-wide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.

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