A new multi-use path is getting BikeBC funding. (Citizen file)

North Cowichan gets $500K for new multi-use trail

The new 1.6-kilometre trail will run from the Dike Trail Terminus to Drinkwater Road East

North Cowichan will receive $472,000 in BikeBC funding for the Trans-Canada Multi-Use Path.

The new 1.6-kilometre trail will run from the Dike Trail Terminus to Drinkwater Road East, and is intended to create a safe cycling and pedestrian connection along the Trans-Canada Highway.

It will include a separated trail surface, a full-length barrier between the trail and the highway, boardwalks and interpretive signage identifying features in the adjacent Somenos Marsh ecosystem.

The new path will also connect to existing transit services in the community.

The municipality had applied to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in June for the matching funding for the new trail, but was unsuccessful.

“The BikeBC funding program for cycling infrastructure is a great way for communities to expand or enhance their current trail and path systems,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“This new multi-use path will be a great addition to North Cowichan’s cycling network and provides more opportunities for residents and visitors to cycle for commuting, recreation and tourism.”

BikeBC is the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists.

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