SUN PEAKS— Sun Peaks will receive more than $166,000 in BikeBC funding this year for the Sun Peaks Road Trail cycling infrastructure project.

Sun Peaks is developing a 1.4-kilometre-long separated trail between Fairways Drive and Alpine Road that will provide a safe link between the Village and an employee housing facility at the western end of the municipality. Most employees that work in the Village do not own a vehicle and therefore either cycle or walk to work. The trail will tie into an existing network of both recreational and transportation trails that the municipality has been developing in partnership with the Sun Peaks Trails Association.

“Cycling is part of an active lifestyle, and we want to encourage these healthy living behaviours any way we can,” says Health Minister Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “The BikeBC program allows us to work with the municipality to create the infrastructure needed to get people cycling for both recreational and commuting purposes.”

“Sun Peaks has been very active in expanding its trail systems for a variety of purposes, and we’re pleased to support that continued work through our BikeBC program,” says Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson. “This new trail will be a great addition to the cycling opportunities already in place.”

BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists. The funding is part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s 10-year transportation plan. The ministry committed to $18 million over three years to cost-share with municipalities on projects like bike trails, pedestrian bridges, multi-use paths and shoulder bikeways.

Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested more than $220 million in cycling grants and infrastructure across the province.

Cycling contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse gases. Projects receiving funding this year cover a range of initiatives, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.

Through B.C. on the Move, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion over the next three years to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.

For more information about Bike BC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC.