City gets $640,298 to upgrade a cycling path in the west end of the city.

News 100 blueBy Staff

April 6, 2018



Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital Government, joined Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring yesterday to recognize an investment in the City of Burlington’s cycling infrastructure from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program.

The provincial program has approved $640,298 in annual funding to support up to 80 per cent of costs associated with the implementation of eligible commuter cycling projects in the city. The money will be used to assist with capital costs to build new commuter cycling infrastructure and enhance existing cycling infrastructure.

Bike funding photo op

From left to right – Danijel Ozimkovic, City of Burlington; Mayor Rick Goldring; Don Thorpe, Burlington Cycling Committee; The Honourable Eleanor McMahon; and Kendra Willard, Burlington Cycling Committee, at the announcement for the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program

A project to upgrade and extend Francis Road Bikeway from Warwick Drive to Plains Road East has been identified under the new funding. The extension is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Mayor Rick Goldring pointed out that “ Burlington’s population continues to grow over the next 25 years, providing residents with more choices for getting around our city will be critical to ensure the success of our city’s transportation network. This funding will enhance existing cycling infrastructure like the Francis Road Bikeway and will provide cyclists in Burlington with safe and convenient options for commuting to their destination.”

MPP Eleanor McMahon, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital Government said: “Cities across Canada and around the world are investing in cycling so that their citizens have access to safe routes to work, to school, for recreation…” The key word there is “safe”.

In 2016, the City of Burlington became a Bicycle-Friendly Community in 2016, receiving a silver rating by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.


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• Currently, the city offers the following cycling infrastructure:
• 48 km of bike lanes
• 47.3 km of bike route streets
• 6.4 km of bike lane/sharrow streets
• 11.7 km of paved shoulders
• 52.5 km of multi-use paths adjacent to the road
• 31.6 km of paved off-road, multi-use paths

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5 comments to City gets $640,298 to upgrade a cycling path in the west end of the city.

  • Joseph Gaetan

    Could this be yet another Kathleen Wyneefree election bribe. I only see two bikes, sure hope no one rode there in a car.

  • Mr.Bean

    Francis Road is located in the west end of our city. Right?


  • Stephen White

    Eleanor McMahon really is a “one trick pony”. The only thing she can talk about with any passion or fervour is cycling and bike lanes. I wish she had been as vocal and visible during the PARC debate when closing high schools was what was on many students, parents and taxpayers’ minds, and she was missing in action, silent as a church mouse, and nowhere to be seen.

    You can sure tell an election is around the corner.

  • Susie

    Priorities, priorities!! I would think if the future is to have the population masses out on the bike lanes that are being provided for them, that global warming and air quality at the time of year when we can actually use bikes, is a huge skin and lung health concern. Can’t seem to compile a “complete” package??

  • Penny

    What happens to this funding if the Liberals get defeated in the June election? I would suggest that perhaps the City not commit any money ( 20% has to come from the City) until after the Provincial Election. Would not want to see the City responsible for 100 percent of the cost to expand and upgrade the bikeway mentioned.