LaSalle Transit Receives Funding for Bicycle Lockers
The Town of LaSalle received funding in the amount of $51,588 for bicycle lockers to be installed near LaSalle Transit bus stops. The announcement was made on August 5 in St. Thomas. The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and his Worship Joe Preston, Mayor of the City of St. Thomas, announced funding for 11 projects that will modernize and improve transit around Southwestern Ontario. The funding is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure: Public Transit Stream.
One of the 11 projects include the funding for the Town to purchase and install 10 bicycle lockers on concrete pads. The bicycle lockers, which will hold 20 bicycles independently in total at one time, will be located near LaSalle Transit stops. The bicycle lockers, which have their own individual locks to keep the bicycles safe, will help to extend the catchment area of transit passengers, giving the opportunity for those who live outside of the 400 meter walking zone to ride their bicycle to one of the locations, and then ride LaSalle Transit to their destination. The bicycle lockers also enhance the connection of transit stops to the Town’s more than 30 KM of trails.
“We are pleased to receive this funding to allow us to enhance the LaSalle Transit system. We understand the importance of providing public transit service to allow people to get to where they need to go. The bicycle lockers will integrate our extensive trail system with transit, giving more residents the opportunity to ride the bus,” said Mayor Marc Bondy.
The bicycle lockers will be installed at bus stops located at the LaSalle Civic Centre, Vollmer Complex, Wyoming Ave. at Malden Rd., Front Rd. at International St. and Windsor Crossing Outlets. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
In addition to the $51,588 received in funding, the Town will contribute about $18,700 to the project. Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan supports these 11 public transit and active transportation projects across Southwestern Ontario. These investments will support more accessible and sustainable communities.