Cycling Infrastructure Funding
To encourage healthy living and to help address climate change, the Province of B.C. is cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects with local government through our BikeBC program.
BikeBC will provide up to 50% of the total eligible project costs (75% for communities with a population under 15,000). If a third party, including another provincial or federal agency, is contributing to a project, that contribution must be deducted from the project’s total eligible costs and the BikeBC share calculated on the balance.
BikeBC applications are evaluated on how they improve safety for cyclists. The following lists the order, from most preferable to least preferable, of the infrastructure types that BikeBC typically funds.
- Separated bike /multi-use paths
- Cyclist/pedestrian bridges and overpasses
- Buffered bike lanes (for example, those that can be separated by barriers such as parked vehicles or painted medians with increased width)
- Marked bike lanes
- Shoulder bikeways
- Shared roadways
Funded projects promote cycling to work, school or errands. Cycling infrastructure improves safety and reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cycling infrastructure projects can also generate tourism-related traffic based on their proximity to amenities and points of interest for tourists, and through linkages to other communities.
New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund
Funding for cycling infrastructure projects may also be available through the New Building Canada Fund — Small Communities Fund.
The provincial and the federal governments will each allocate approximately $109 million to support infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than 100,000 people. This 10-year funding program runs from 2014 to 2024.