Lanark County seeks money for cycling infrastructure

August 10, 2017 by

BikeLanark County Council passed a motion Wednesday to submit a list of identified projects for the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). Council is also requesting accelerated funding to complete the projects as soon as possible.

County CAO Kurt Greaves presented a report at the regular meeting Wednesday night outlining the county’s application to the program, which is a $42.5 million investment by the province into commuter cycling infrastructure for 2017, with additional funds over the next three years.

The program is part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and aims to invest cap and trade proceeds into commuter cycling initiatives.

Greaves noted people need safe cycling routes in order to commute to work.

Three projects have been identified:

  • Adding a gravel and stone dust base to the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT) between Montague and Mississippi Mills for $1.3 million;
  • Adding decking and railings to the former railway bridge in Pakenham on the OVRT for $400,000;
  • And paving 17.3-km of shoulders on both sides of County Road 43 between Perth and Smiths Falls for $1.06 million.

“All of these projects have the potential to entice commuters to embrace cycling to work,” said Greaves. “It will also require public education and promotion by Lanark County, local municipalities, the health unit and other partners.”

All municipalities can apply for funding, and Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place have expressed an interest in paving a section of the OVRT between Almonte and Carleton Place.

“The OMCCP is an opportunity for Lanark County to see some of the carbon tax funds reinvested for the benefit of our community,” Mr. Greaves said.

For more information, contact Kurt Greaves, County CAO, at 1-888-9-LANARK, ext. 1101.