Eligible projects link neighbourhoods and facilitate commuting by walking or cycling
NEWMARKET – Three local municipal walking and cycling infrastructure development projects that support a Regional scale network will receive funding in 2012 under The Regional Municipality of York’s Pedestrian and Cycling Municipal Partnership Program.
York Regional Council today approved projects proposed by the Town of East Gwillimbury, the Town of Markham and the City of Vaughan, subject to 2012 budget approval.
“York Region’s walking and cycling network encourages active transportation and healthy lifestyles throughout our local communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The Pedestrian and Cycling Municipal Partnership Program helps accelerate implementation of local municipal efforts in providing pedestrian and cycling facilities and related infrastructure.”
York Region shares up to 50 per cent of eligible construction costs for qualifying pedestrian and cycling infrastructure projects that benefit communities across the Region.
“The Regional network of pathways and cycling facilities helps enable walking and cycling as viable modes of sustainable transportation for everyday activities, such as commuting to work, going to school and shopping,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor. “More of us leaving our cars at home means less traffic congestion and less air pollution, while we benefit from more exercise and healthier communities.”
The Municipal Partnership Program has an annual capital budget of $500,000. In 2012, an additional $191,515 will be from previous years’ budgets.
Eight projects were submitted to the Region for consideration. Projects were ranked on how they met the program’s goals of encouraging commuter walking and cycling, reducing traffic congestion and benefiting Regional communities.
Regional funding will help support three projects representing total eligible costs of $1,453,050:
1. The Town of East Gwillimbury will receive up to $237,150 from York Region in 2012 for construction of the first phase of a three metre-wide multi-use path along Green Lane from Bathurst Street to Yonge Street. Total eligible project cost is $498,400.
The new path will provide direct pedestrian and cycling access to a major gateway at Yonge Street and Green Lane, including shopping, cultural destinations and planned rapid transit. The path will eventually connect to the East Gwillimbury GO Station, the Nokiidaa Trail system and the proposed Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route. This project is included in Phase 1 of the Region’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.
2. The Town of Markham will receive up to $451,325 from York Region in 2012 for construction of a 2.5 metre-wide multi-use pathway along Warden Avenue between 16th Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive. Total eligible project cost is $948,550.
This new path will connect with the recently implemented multi-use path on Major Mackenzie Drive and with proposed cycling routes on 16th Avenue. This project is also in Phase 1 of the Region’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.
3. The City of Vaughan will receive up to $3,050 from York Region in 2012 for installation of signage along existing multi-use and cycle paths, including a portion of Islington Avenue. This project is part of Phase 4 of the City’s Signed Bike Route Network. Total estimated project cost is $6,100.
The capital budget for the Pedestrian and Cycling Municipal Partnership Program was approved by Regional Council in October 2006 with an initial budget of $500,000 per year, beginning in 2007. The program is funded through York Region’s 10-year roads capital program.
Since the program was launched in 2007, 13 projects have been approved and approximately $2.3 million has been allocated to local municipalities.
These projects help to implement the Regional priorities and goals outlined in York Region’s 2008 Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan. The plan promotes alternate forms of travel, such as combining walking and cycling with public transit to help the Region reach its sustainable transportation objectives.
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