City gets federal funding to support pedestrian and cycling network

Brantford is getting $50,000 in federal government funding to support its integrated cycling and pedestrian network.

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The funding, announced March 25, comes from the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund, supports new and expanded bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges. It will be used by the city to support its Active Transportation Master Plan approved by city council in 2023.

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The plan calls for a cycling and pedestrian network to be developed over the next 10 to 15 years.

“We’re grateful to Infrastructure Canada for their support of this important initiative,” David Ferguson, the city’s manager of traffic services, said in a statement announcing the funding. “By prioritizing active transportation, the city will achieve a number of objectives including, mitigating traffic congestion, improving air quality, and promoting healthier lifestyles,”

City officials will be launching a video series to educate the community about active transportation in April. As well, enhanced signage along the Wayne Gretzky Parkway multi-use trail to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists will be installed.

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