Active Transportation Highlighted in the News

The Community Active Transportation Engagement (CATE) Grant Program provides funding to promote the use of recently built active transportation infrastructure by addressing behavioural, or individual level, barriers.

We at the BC Alliance for Healthy Living (BCAHL) are excited to see these projects funded by the CATE Grant making a difference in communities across the province.

One of these projects is the Town of Sidney’s active transportation engagement initiative, which addresses awareness, skills and affordability. The town put together bike repair kits, which are available for residents to borrow and take home. The kits include the tools residents would need to keep their bicycles in top form, and are available to borrow at the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Sidney branch.

If residents don’t want to take the kit home, there is also a bike repair station at the library where they can take care of repairs on site. The town is also using part of their funding from the CATE grant to host bike skills courses for children and adults, with the goal of encouraging residents to learn and try cycling before buying their own bikes or e-bikes.

The project has been well-received in the community, and it’s making the rounds in the news. So far, the town’s project has been featured in the Capital Daily, Oak Bay News, CTV News, Chek News, and Victoria Buzz.

We look forward to seeing more of these projects make active transportation accessible in their communities.

Check out our Communities Going Active Toolkit to learn more about how to implement initiatives that encourage residents to use active transportation and make it a part of their lives.

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