The District of Elkford will be improving accessible walking options on Balmer Drive and Alpine Way with help from a government grant. File Photo

District of Elkford to improve walkability

A $500,000 government grant will help improve connectivity in Elkford

The District of Elkford is asking residents to participate in an online survey to get a clearer picture of citizens’ walking habits.

Living Streets is a program from Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, a nonprofit which encourages residents of British Columbia to walk for their physical and mental health. The Living Streets survey, which is available at Best.bc.ca/living-streets-survey, will help to track and understand why British Columbians walk. The survey will also help to identify any barriers to access or active transportation that exist within the community.

While the survey includes basic personal questions to gather demographics information, it also focuses on how walking habits may have changed since the onset of COVID-19. The survey asks respondents to compare their walking habits pre-pandemic with their walking habits throughout each phase of British Columbia’s restart plan.

The district is supporting the Living Streets survey after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Connectivity Improvements Projects on Balmer Drive and Alpine Way. This project will deliver a new sidewalk that is more accessible to wheelchairs, as well as crosswalks and connections to existing trails in the area. Since the new project in Elkford is meant to improve walkability for all citizens, it’s mandate goes hand in hand with the survey.

For more information about the connectivity project, contact the District of Elkford at info@elkford.ca or 250-865-4000.



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