March 12th, 2021
Active transportation is crucial to the health of Canadians and their communities: NDP
OTTAWA –The NDP campaigned on helping Canadians make choices that are healthier and more affordable for everyone and today's announcement for investment in active transportation shows what cross-party support for such initiatives can achieve.
“This is welcomed news for Canadians who have been asking for greener, healthier ways to commute. While this is a good start, communities and municipalities will need to see more over the coming years to support ambitious, eco-friendly projects,” said NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni). “We hope that the eventual strategy will identify gaps in funding and show how much of a partner the federal government must be on cycling and active transportation.”
Today’s announcement complements John’s work on a National Cycling Strategy Bill that began in 2016. To promote the initiative, Johns rode his bike across Courtenay-Alberni and visited over 31 communities as part of a Ride-the-Riding Campaign. The NDP Bill was supported by many cities and towns across Canada.
“It’s certainly encouraging to see the increase in funding and we’re committed to working with the government to ensure it is invested effectively. We want to ensure that this money helps Canadians reduce vehicle dependence, that small communities get a fair shake, and that the strategy is completed in a timely way,” said NDP Critic for Infrastructure, Taylor Bachrach (Skeena—Bulkley Valley). “All communities across Canada should benefit from an active transportation strategy.”