New Zealand Investing $390 Million Over 3 Years in Cycling & Walking
The New Zealand government is investing $390 million ($339 million CAN) in cycling and walking over 3 years, a $96 million increase over the previous three years. A key component is the $67 million Skypath project over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
From RNZ News:
Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw said the $390 million National Land Transport Fund package would be the largest investment ever in walking and cycling infrastructure for New Zealand.
"More and more Kiwis want the freedom to cycle safely around their towns and cities, and this investment in safe cycle infrastructure is needed to making that possible," said Mr Shaw.
Patrick Morgan, from Cycling Action Network, said the funding was good news for those who ride bikes, and those who didn't.
"With more and more people discovering the joy and convenience of riding a bike, it's no surprise the government wants to invest.
"But this is not just about getting on your bike. We're all better off with less congestion, lower transport bills, cleaner air and better health," Mr Morgan said.
New Zealand's population is almost the same as British Columbia's. With an active transportation deficit of over $2 billion in B.C. communities, it is time the B.C. Government step up and invest a similar amount in biking and walking networks.
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