Victoria, BC – The recommendations of the Regional Significant Project Fund (RSPF) Technical Working Group to redistribute $750,000 of the total $18.55 million RSPF federal gas tax allocated to the Capital Regional District (CRD) was endorsed at the CRD Board meeting on March 12, 2014.
The redistribution is an opportunity to further enhance the transportation infrastructure across the region. The recommended proposals align with regional and local transportation plans and will fill in gaps in the Regional Multimodal Network (RMN), increasing transportation choices for residents and visitors.
Improvements will include the following:
Expansion and solar lighting of Lochside Trail linkages in Sidney
Wallace Drive bike lanes in Central Saanich
Leigh Road upgrade, including bike lanes in Langford
Buffered bike lanes on Craigflower Road/Skinner Street in Victoria
In late 2013, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) notified CRD staff that Esquimalt had been awarded a General Strategic Priority Fund allocation for the Admirals Road Bike Lane proposal. As a result, $750,000 of RSPF originally committed to the project was made available for redistribution to other eligible projects in the region. CRD staff reviewed previously submitted proposals that had not received funding, however, none met the criteria.
All municipalities were invited to submit new proposals. Ten proposals were received. A Technical Working Group consisting of municipal staff reviewed the proposals, evaluated and prioritised against criteria and made recommendations which were reviewed and endorsed by the municipal CAOs. CRD staff facilitated the process.
The proposals endorsed by the CRD Board will provide ongoing benefits to general traffic, cycling and pedestrian access and transit corridors across a broad section of the region. The recommendations will now be forwarded to the UBCM Management Committee for final approval.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Sophie Wood, Communications Liaison, Planning & Protective Services
Capital Regional District