Monday, February 28, 2011

Surrey Investing in Cycling

Last week, I gave an overview of what Surrey had planned for cycling infrastructure improvements for the next 10 years. I wanted to compare the spending in Surrey to Langley for 2010 and 2011, but was unable to find the numbers. I emailed the friendly Surrey staff and got this reply.
The City has increased our annual capital allocation towards cycling from $500,000 in 2010 up to $2,000,000 in 2011. Additionally, in 2010, the City also invested into signing the entire bike route network for a cost of approximately $250,000, with final touches being put into place within the next several weeks to complete the network. In 2010, the City added approximately 12 km of on-street bike lanes. Our plans for 2011 include new pavement markings and bike symbols, as well as intersection improvements for conflict areas.
This is really exciting news and shows that Surrey is starting to embrace a multimodal transportation strategy. In 2011, Surrey will be spending $4.33 per person on cycling infrastructure, the Township of Langley could be spending either $0 or $1.68, and the City of Langley will be spending nothing.

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