Surrey: Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai and Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke on Monday announced a federal investment of more than $6.5 million to make King George Boulevard safer for active transportation users.
According to a press release from Infrastructure Canada, pedestrian safety measures and protected cycling infrastructure will be put in place between 96th and 108th avenues.
Planned pedestrian safety improvements include wider sidewalks, curb extensions, new crosswalks and accessible curb ramps. Modifications to traffic signals will also be completed to separate left turning vehicles, improve pedestrian visibility and protect vulnerable road users.
The project will also introduce five kilometres of protected cycling lanes with concrete curbs to separate cyclists from vehicle traffic.
Officials say this investment will enhance the safety of vulnerable road users, who account for nearly 70% of traffic injuries and deaths along King George Boulevard, and advance the city’s Vision Zero commitments.
Providing safe and continuous active transportation infrastructure in Surrey City Centre will also encourage more people to walk and bike along the corridor and create economic benefits for local businesses.
Funding announced today contributes to Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy by supporting activities that will help expand networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.