Belleville is hoping to get some major provincial funding for its bicycle lanes programs over the next few years.
The province has announced its Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, a four-year cost-sharing funding system for cycling infrastructure.
City council has approved applying for the funding for its 2017 projects, which include Bridge Street West connecting Loyalist College to the downtown, the Northeast Industrial Park extension, and the Station Street – Haig Road extension.
The 2o17 plan also calls for 3.6 kilometres of lanes on Bridge Street East and a designated biking route east of the Moira River.
If the application for the $3.3 million worth of work is successful, it would mean the city would only have to pay $710,000, with the province picking up the remaining $2.6 million.
Councillor Egerton Boyce is a strong proponent of cycling .
The city has plans for cycling trails within its Transportation Master Plan and could decide to apply for some of this provincial funding each year until 2020.