Association Rimouski ville cyclable to add a major segment to the Route verte in the Bic district

Government of Canada supports bike path project in the Rimouski area

RIMOUSKI, QC, May 1, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Key local stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects such as the Route verte, which contribute to the strength and vitality of all regions of the country and have a positive impact on the environment.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that the Association Rimouski ville cyclable (website in French only) has been granted $475,000 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, to develop the Route verte in the Bic district, making the bike path safe for all.

Association Rimouski ville cyclable has been developing the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure of the city and surrounding area since 1993. It implements projects that foster walking and bicycling, improving access and safety on the bike path and promoting green transportation, which helps maintain good health.

The funding awarded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) will help the organization extend the bike path and dig a tunnel under Highway 132 to build a segment of the Route verte in the Rimouski-Neigette RCM.

CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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"Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada supports the projects of organizations like the Association Rimouski ville cyclable, which mobilize and unite our communities and stimulate economic activity in the country. Community and recreational infrastructure, such as Rimouski's bike path network, helps increase quality of life and create gathering places. Today, as it was 150 years ago, coming together to meet others enriches us all."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"We are very pleased with this outcome, which was made possible with the help of CED, among others, after 17 years of efforts to connect downtown Rimouski to the heart of the Bic district and to create an active link between the Rivière Hâtée sector and the heart of the Bic village. 

Michel Rousseau, Project Lead, Association Rimouski ville cyclable

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Tel.: 514-283-7443, Email: dec.media.ced@canada.ca


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