The provincial government is providing the municipality with $68,006 for a short bike path from Sinclair Road to the Dale Meadows Sports Complex.
The 140-metre path will be five metres wide and separated from motor vehicle traffic.
The project is being funded through BikeBC, a provincial cost-sharing program to help local governments build cycling projects. It is part of B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year transportation plan.
“The South Okanagan is known far and wide as an area that takes cycling and fitness seriously,” said Dan Ashton, MLA for the riding of Penticton. “The Dale Meadows bike path will enhance our reputation while encouraging residents and visitors to get out and enjoy cycling on a new, safe path.”
Mayor Peter Waterman said the trail will connect Dale Meadows with residential areas.
“A priority for the District of Summerland is to provide safe walking and biking trails for our residents and visitors,” he said. “People of all ages use this facility and it will provide an opportunity for cycling that is not part of the vehicle road network.”
B.C. on the Move has committed $18 million over the next three years to BikeBC. This year, the province is contributing $6 million for more than $12 million worth of cycling infrastructure across the province.