Quick-build Abbott Active Transportation Corridor

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Consultation has concluded. Updates and next steps can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Project background

Abbott Street is one of Kelowna's busiest bicycling and pedestrian routes.

Upgrades will create a safer and more comfortable bicycling route for people of all ages and abilities.

To extend the Abbott ATC sooner than 2030, until the permanent facility can be built, we're piloting the use of quick-build infrastructure.

Quick-build strategies combine interim materials within existing street space, with limited new construction, to deliver projects faster and at a lower cost.


Project updates

The engagement summary is now available for the public! Learn about key themes and explore respondent data here. Thank you to the more than 1,000 people who shared their feedback. Most respondents (86%) indicated they are either very or somewhat satisfied with the project.

Updated concept design drawings can be found here, and in the Documents section in the side bar. These are subject to change and do not include all details. The in-progress detailed design phase will further refine and adjust the the final drawing as required.


Quick Highlights 

Ultimate and Quick-Build Infrastructure 

The 2021/2022 Abbott Protected bike lane project will achieve bi-directional bike lanes separated from pedestrians between Rose Ave and Newsom Ave. This is planned to be achieved through the combination of ultimate and quick-build infrastructure.  

Traffic Calming 

Speed data previously collected shows that average speeds along the corridor are between 30 – 40 kph. With the addition of protected bike lanes, narrower travel lanes, improved pedestrian crossings, and other active transportation enhancements, average vehicle speeds are anticipated to decrease.  

Sidewalk Network and Accessibility

Although the Abbott Protected Bike Lane project is focused on cycling facilities, the sidewalk network in the area is an essential component of the ATC project and Neighbourhoods. Through public engagement, we heard that there is a strong need for accessibility improvements along the corridor.  

Planned pedestrian improvements include, but are not limited to curb letdowns (where applicable), seven Zebra crosswalks (at suitable spacing are planned at intersections along the route that are not stop controlled), and the extension of the sidewalk between Rose and Christleton, which fills a critical missing link in the sidewalk network. With this gap filled, continuous sidewalk would be available from one end of the project to the other. 

Wayfinding

It is anticipated that once the bi-directional protected bike lanes are constructed, the route will become clearer. Wayfinding will be implemented to help with key transitions and strengthen connections to key destinations along and adjacent to the corridor. This may include signage provided to/from the ATC towards other bike routes and local destinations. Pavement markings are another key tool to avoid the mixing of peds/bikes with clear direction and separation of users. 

Parking

The project aims to retain as much parking as feasibly possible. Suitable locations for accessible reserved spaces will also be explored as part of the detailed design process.  

The Hospital Area, Kinsmen Park area and Pandosy Urban Centre will be addressed. For details, visit the project page.  

Barrier Type

One common reason for choosing ‘planter box’ and ‘concret curb’ barriers included a perceived higher level of safety as they provide good physical separation, which provides a higher level of comfort. Reasons provided in the comments section for choosing the 'concrete curb barrier' type also included lower cost and reusability.  

Balancing cost, aesthetics, safety, and reusability also aligns with the City's desire for a material that is easy to maintain, reusable, and cost-effective. For those reasons, a combination of concrete curb barriers and planter boxes at key locations has been selected for the Quick-Build portion of the project. Both materials offer reusability, strong traffic separation, and have an aesthetic quality in most cases.  

Maintenance

Routine cycle track maintenance will be performed similarly to other ATCs in the city. Planter boxes will require additional maintenance.  


Next steps

The detailed design process is currently underway. Property owners affected by the project will be communicated with as part of the detailed design process.

  • A Road Safety Audit is currently being performed by a consultant to further review the proposed design and inform the detailed design phase.
  • Construction is planned for early Spring 2022, subject to budget approval.
  • The City continues to plan for ultimate infrastructure along the Abbott ATC in long rage plans. The existing 10-year Capital Plan identifies the Abbott ATC as a Priority 1 project scheduled for 2029-2030.

Project background

Abbott Street is one of Kelowna's busiest bicycling and pedestrian routes.

Upgrades will create a safer and more comfortable bicycling route for people of all ages and abilities.

To extend the Abbott ATC sooner than 2030, until the permanent facility can be built, we're piloting the use of quick-build infrastructure.

Quick-build strategies combine interim materials within existing street space, with limited new construction, to deliver projects faster and at a lower cost.


Project updates

The engagement summary is now available for the public! Learn about key themes and explore respondent data here. Thank you to the more than 1,000 people who shared their feedback. Most respondents (86%) indicated they are either very or somewhat satisfied with the project.

Updated concept design drawings can be found here, and in the Documents section in the side bar. These are subject to change and do not include all details. The in-progress detailed design phase will further refine and adjust the the final drawing as required.


Quick Highlights 

Ultimate and Quick-Build Infrastructure 

The 2021/2022 Abbott Protected bike lane project will achieve bi-directional bike lanes separated from pedestrians between Rose Ave and Newsom Ave. This is planned to be achieved through the combination of ultimate and quick-build infrastructure.  

Traffic Calming 

Speed data previously collected shows that average speeds along the corridor are between 30 – 40 kph. With the addition of protected bike lanes, narrower travel lanes, improved pedestrian crossings, and other active transportation enhancements, average vehicle speeds are anticipated to decrease.  

Sidewalk Network and Accessibility

Although the Abbott Protected Bike Lane project is focused on cycling facilities, the sidewalk network in the area is an essential component of the ATC project and Neighbourhoods. Through public engagement, we heard that there is a strong need for accessibility improvements along the corridor.  

Planned pedestrian improvements include, but are not limited to curb letdowns (where applicable), seven Zebra crosswalks (at suitable spacing are planned at intersections along the route that are not stop controlled), and the extension of the sidewalk between Rose and Christleton, which fills a critical missing link in the sidewalk network. With this gap filled, continuous sidewalk would be available from one end of the project to the other. 

Wayfinding

It is anticipated that once the bi-directional protected bike lanes are constructed, the route will become clearer. Wayfinding will be implemented to help with key transitions and strengthen connections to key destinations along and adjacent to the corridor. This may include signage provided to/from the ATC towards other bike routes and local destinations. Pavement markings are another key tool to avoid the mixing of peds/bikes with clear direction and separation of users. 

Parking

The project aims to retain as much parking as feasibly possible. Suitable locations for accessible reserved spaces will also be explored as part of the detailed design process.  

The Hospital Area, Kinsmen Park area and Pandosy Urban Centre will be addressed. For details, visit the project page.  

Barrier Type

One common reason for choosing ‘planter box’ and ‘concret curb’ barriers included a perceived higher level of safety as they provide good physical separation, which provides a higher level of comfort. Reasons provided in the comments section for choosing the 'concrete curb barrier' type also included lower cost and reusability.  

Balancing cost, aesthetics, safety, and reusability also aligns with the City's desire for a material that is easy to maintain, reusable, and cost-effective. For those reasons, a combination of concrete curb barriers and planter boxes at key locations has been selected for the Quick-Build portion of the project. Both materials offer reusability, strong traffic separation, and have an aesthetic quality in most cases.  

Maintenance

Routine cycle track maintenance will be performed similarly to other ATCs in the city. Planter boxes will require additional maintenance.  


Next steps

The detailed design process is currently underway. Property owners affected by the project will be communicated with as part of the detailed design process.

  • A Road Safety Audit is currently being performed by a consultant to further review the proposed design and inform the detailed design phase.
  • Construction is planned for early Spring 2022, subject to budget approval.
  • The City continues to plan for ultimate infrastructure along the Abbott ATC in long rage plans. The existing 10-year Capital Plan identifies the Abbott ATC as a Priority 1 project scheduled for 2029-2030.

Consultation has concluded. Updates and next steps can be found at the bottom of the page. 

  • Preliminary design details

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    The two-way protected bike lane will extend the Abbott Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) from Rose Avenue near the hospital to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. Interim materials will be installed starting in 2022, pending budget approvals, and replaced in the future with permanent infrastructure.

    Benefits

    • Provides separation between pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.
    • Fits within the existing street space.
    • Provides a protected bicycling facility sooner than currently scheduled in the 10-Year Capital Plan.
    • Adds new crosswalks, sidewalks, stop signs and traffic calming at key locations.
    • Two-way vehicle traffic flow maintained.

    Trade-offs

    • To accommodate the active transportation corridor and maintain two-way vehicle traffic, on-street parking in some areas will be changed or removed due to insufficient road width.

    Preliminary design

    Two-way protected bike lanes, with a multi-use path in some sections that have space constraints, are proposed for the west side of Abbot Street between Rose Avenue and Boyce-Gyro Beach Park.

    The type of barrier used between the bike lanes/pathway and the vehicle lane will be informed by public input.

    Preliminary design by section

    Having trouble viewing the below images? A PDF version of the Preliminary Design information is available under the 'Documents' section of the main project page.


    Rose Avenue to Christleton Avenue

    Proposed design:

    • New protected multi-use path on the west side of Abbott Street
    • New crosswalks
    • New sidewalks

    Christleton Avenue to Wardlaw Avenue

    Proposed design:

    • New two-way protected bike lane on the west side of Abbott Street

    Wardlaw Avenue to West Avenue

    Proposed design:

    • New two-way protected bike lane on the west side of Abbott STreet
    • New crosswalk at Wardlaw Avenue
    • Angle parking converted to parallel parking at Kinsmen Park

    West Avenue to Cedar Avenue

    Proposed design:

    • New two-way protected bike lane on the west side of Abbott Street

    Cedar Avenue to Walnut Street

    Proposed design:

    • New two-way protected bike lane on the west side of Meikle Avenue
    • New 4-way stop at Walnut Street
    • New stop sign at Meikle Avenue
    • New crosswalk on Meikle Avenue at Walnut Street
    • New traffic calming curbs

    Walnut Street & Watt Road

    Proposed design:

    • New two-way protected bike lane on the west side of Walnut Street and Watt Road
    • Three new stop signs at Walnut Street and Watt Road
    • New sidewalk in one section


    Having trouble viewing these images? A PDF version of the Preliminary Design information is available under the 'Documents' section of the main project page

  • Parking impacts

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    Our Parking Management Strategy aims to support a balanced transportation network. To build bike lanes or multi-use paths, sometimes we have to reallocate public street space that has historically been used for private vehicle parking.

    To accommodate the Abbott Street Active Transportation Corridor extension and maintain two-way vehicle traffic flow, on-street parking in some areas will be changed or converted to walking and bicycling space.

    A parking study has assessed parking demand in this area and informed the project design. We anticipate that parking demand can generally be met on the east side of Abbott Street and nearby cross streets.

    Parking impacts by section

    Rose Avenue to Wardlaw Avenue



    Wardlaw Avenue to West Avenue


    West Avenue to Cedar Avenue


    Cedar Avenue to Walnut Avenue


    Walnut Avenue to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park

  • News release: Gear up to share feedback on new Abbott corridor design

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    With more than 250 thousand people walking and biking the Abbott Street active transportation corridor last year, the City is exploring the use of ‘quick-build’ infrastructure to extend the route between Rose Avenue and Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. Residents and the public are invited to comment on the proposed design at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

    “Quick-build strategies combine interim materials on existing street space, with limited new construction, to deliver projects sooner and at a lower cost than originally scheduled in our 10-Year Capital Plan,” said Chad Williams, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer. “Extending the Abbott ATC will link the Downtown and Pandosy areas, improving access to parks, beaches and amenities along the way.”

    Proposed improvements include a two-way protected bicycling lane, with a multi-use path in sections that have space constraints. Results of the pilot will inform design of future improvements both along Abbott Street and other projects across the city.

    Abbott Street is one of Kelowna’s busiest bicycling and pedestrian routes, and 2020 saw an increase in use of more than 50 per cent compared to the previous year. Quick-build infrastructure strategies have become popular with cities in North America, and the City recognizes the importance of accelerating improvements to create safe and comfortable biking facilities for people of all ages and abilities.

    Construction is anticipated to start in 2022, pending budget approval. An online feedback survey is open from May 19 to June 6, 2021. Public input will help inform the final project design and other potential quick-build active transportation projects in Kelowna. Project information and the survey are available online at getinvolved.kelowa.ca