Invermere's Westside Legacy Trail Receives $300K Grant

Lake Windermere overlooking the Westside Legacy Trail. Credit: OurTrail.org

BikeBC is funding numerous cycling projects throughout the province, including one connecting Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs.

The provincial government is announcing $6.11 million dollars for 18 projects.

"B.C. is a leader in North America when it comes to cycling infrastructure, and I'm pleased to see 18 more communities building a culture of cycling and encouraging healthy living," says Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena."I'm excited this year's grant recipients represent diversity in the kinds of projects being built and the size of participating communities - both urban and rural."

Part of the BikeBC cost-sharing program, the WestSide Legacy Trail will receive $299,787. 

Granting agencies have been particularly kind to the project this year, after it received $500,000 from the BC Rural Dividend and $250,000 from Columbia Basin Trust back in March.

Mark Halwa with the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance previously told Summit 107 that these funds will help to ensure most of the work on the trail gets finished in 2018.

The province says the number of people who bike to work has increased by 64% since 1996.

- David Opinko / with files from Province of BC

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