The City of Mississauga will receive $2.3 million to upgrade its cycling networks as one of 120 municipalities to receive funding from the “Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Grant Program,” announced December 4.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and members of council, we welcome this important city-building investment being made by the Government of Ontario to improve and build new bike lanes and cycling infrastructure throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Council and staff remain committed to ensuring residents and visitors can safely use cycling to get to work, school and around our community using cycling, and continue to enjoy healthy active lifestyles.”

The provincial grant program for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure will offer total funding of $93-million. Funding for each municipality is determined based on its size. The investment is part of Ontario’s “Climate Change Action Plan,” a five-year program released in June 2016 to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas pollution and transition to a low-carbon economy.

More than one-third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution is caused by the transportation sector, with cars and trucks responsible for more than 70 per cent of the total. Increased support for cycling and walking is one of many strategies to help reduce this pollution. The action plan promotes safer cycling networks, greater convenience for cyclists, and improved options for commuter cycling.

Mississauga will utilize the funding to build better cycling networks along busy routes and support safe cycling, thereby allowing the city “to work toward our strategic goal of making our city more pedestrian and cycling friendly,” said Janice Baker, city manager and CAO.

Projects approved for grant funding in Mississauga include: completion of the east/west multi-use trail along Burnhamthorpe Road and connection to the north/south Etobicoke Creek Trail; construction of a multi-use trail along Mavis Road from Courtneypark Drive to Highway 407 near the Brampton border; development of a new east/west multi-use trail that will connect Mississauga to Oakville just north of Winston Churchill Boulevard at Royal Windsor Drive to Westfield Drive (west of Stanfield Road and south of the Queensway); and development of a new north/south multi-use trail that runs north and south from Dundas Street to Audubon Boulevard. This trail will connect to the trail at the Mississauga Transitway Tahoe Station.

The grant will cover up to 80 per cent of the project costs. Projects that use cycling grant funds must be completed by December 30, 2020.

For more information: https://tinyurl.com/cityagenaoct17.

Photo courtesy of the City of Mississauga