Cy­cling money pour­ing in

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Brockville and sev­eral sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will re­ceive more than half a mil­lion dol­lars to make it “safer and more con­ve­nient” for peo­ple to get around by bike.

The prov­ince an­nounced ear­lier this week Brockville will re­ceive $183,362 from the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Com­muter Cy­cling Pro­gram (OMCCP),

The money will be used to­ward the city’s Lau­rier-Cen­ten­nial and “401 cor­ri­dor” ex­ten­sions of the Brock Trail, ac­cord­ing to Ac­tive Brockville, a cit­i­zens’ cy­cling ad­vo­cacy group.

The money can be used to cover two-thirds of qual­i­fied projects, ac­cord­ing to the web­site main­tained by Alan Medcalf, who for­merly steered the city’s cy­cling ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, serves on the Brock Trail com­mit­tee and is a di­rec­tor of the YMCA of Brockville and Area.

The re­main­ing third will be cov­ered by the city through the cy­cling ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, he wrote.

The first qual­i­fied project they will tackle with the money will be the de­vel­op­ment of an ac­tive trans­porta­tion plan for Brockville, the web­site added.

Other re­cip­i­ents through­out the coun­ties in­clude Au­gusta ($25,000), Gananoque ($25,000), the United Coun­ties of Leeds and Grenville ($303,000), Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands ($25,000), North Grenville ($76,000), and Smiths Falls ($25,000).

The On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Com­muter Cy­cling Pro­gram is a com­mit­ment un­der On­tario’s five-year Cli­mate Change Ac­tion Plan, which aims to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions to 15 per cent be­low 1990 lev­els by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

In 2016, Brockville was awarded $325,000 in the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Cy­cling In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram, Ac­tive Brockville’s web­site states.

The two grants them­selves, when match­ing from other sources is in­cluded, to­tal $925,000.

“That is money all spent into our lo­cal econ­omy, cre­at­ing the equiv­a­lent of ap­prox­i­mately 18.5 full-time job-years,” Medcalf wrote.

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