Cycling money pouring in
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.