Tofino recently completed an $85,000 Multi-Use Path upgrade.
A 0.5 kilometre stretch of MUP between Olsen Road and Gibson Street was widened and new yellow curbs were installed to improve safety, according to the districtâ€™s manager of community sustainability Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers told the Westerly that the $85,000 project was paid for with a $40,000 Cycling Infrastructure Partnership Program grant through BCâ€™s Ministry of Transportation, $40,000 from Tofinoâ€™s Federal Gas Tax reserve and $5,000 from Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) money.
â€œWeâ€™re always trying to improve our cycling network,â€ Rodgers said. â€œThis was a section that weâ€™d identified a number of years ago so when the grant came by we applied and got it.â€
He said MUP improvements could lead to a healthier community with less parking concerns as locals and tourists opt to walk or cycle rather than drive.
â€œThe more people biking or walking, the less people parking downtown,â€ he said.
The MUP currently spans about 7 kilometres and ends near the Cox Bay Visitors Centre but Rodgers said the district would continue to explore grants and development amenities to extend the path past Maltby Road.
â€œWe also know that we need to do some pretty significant improvements on existing parts that are starting to heaveâ€¦and the old sections are quite narrow,â€ he said.
â€œIt will probably be a two-pronged approach where weâ€™re going to try to improve where we can and either wait for a grant, or wait for a development to come along and have them help contribute to finishing it off.â€