Casorso Active Transportation Corridor

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Closed: Engagement took place from December 10, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

The City sought feedback on the conceptual design for a new active transportation corridor (ATC) on Casorso Road between K.L.O. Road and Barrera Road.

This new corridor (Casorso 3 ATC) will close the final gap in the existing north-south network by extending the Ethel/Casorso ATC, linking Downtown and Capri-Landmark to Pandosy and Lower Mission. It will give people biking and walking better access to major destinations like Okanagan College, Casorso Elementary School, and Pandosy Urban Centre.


Project Background

A key objective identified in the 2016 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) and Transportation Master Plan is to ensure that walking and bicycling are safe, convenient, and practical modes of travel. Active transportation corridors increase the number of people walking and bicycling by providing comfortable and safe connections between key destinations for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Casorso 3 ATC - engagement closed, final design in development.

Following public engagement, final design is expected to be complete by spring with construction expected to start later in 2022. Read the engagement results.

Casorso 4 ATC - engagement complete, construction underway

Engagement for the northern portion of the Casorso ATC project (Casorso 4 ATC, from Raymer-K.L.O.) took place from December 2020-January 2021. Two design options were presented. After reviewing technical considerations and public comments and engaging with stakeholders, construction for Casorso 4 began in September 2021. The new ATC route will be accessible to the public by spring 2022. Read more.

Closed: Engagement took place from December 10, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

The City sought feedback on the conceptual design for a new active transportation corridor (ATC) on Casorso Road between K.L.O. Road and Barrera Road.

This new corridor (Casorso 3 ATC) will close the final gap in the existing north-south network by extending the Ethel/Casorso ATC, linking Downtown and Capri-Landmark to Pandosy and Lower Mission. It will give people biking and walking better access to major destinations like Okanagan College, Casorso Elementary School, and Pandosy Urban Centre.


Project Background

A key objective identified in the 2016 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) and Transportation Master Plan is to ensure that walking and bicycling are safe, convenient, and practical modes of travel. Active transportation corridors increase the number of people walking and bicycling by providing comfortable and safe connections between key destinations for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Casorso 3 ATC - engagement closed, final design in development.

Following public engagement, final design is expected to be complete by spring with construction expected to start later in 2022. Read the engagement results.

Casorso 4 ATC - engagement complete, construction underway

Engagement for the northern portion of the Casorso ATC project (Casorso 4 ATC, from Raymer-K.L.O.) took place from December 2020-January 2021. Two design options were presented. After reviewing technical considerations and public comments and engaging with stakeholders, construction for Casorso 4 began in September 2021. The new ATC route will be accessible to the public by spring 2022. Read more.

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    This is a great plan - very exciting! Two questions for you: 1. Would you consider pedestrian controlled lights at the Lanfranco and Swordy intersections? Drivers can be a bit distracted around here, and we've had trouble getting their attention. 2. Could you please reconsider the east sidewalk between Swordy and Bechard in this phase? It's definitely needed, and the project just seems incomplete without it. Excellent work!!

    devon4 asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for the questions.

    The proposed concept has Lanfranco intersection operating as a 4-way stop, as the number of vehicles using the intersection is not yet great enough to require a traffic signal. This is based on traffic analysis and the Transportation Association of Canada's Traffic Control Warrants. The design process is considering user safety and includes mitigative measures to help manage traffic speeds and the current challenges with the crossing. The proposed design also considers future intersection design and accommodates for reconfiguration to support a traffic signal and left-turn lanes in the future when traffic demand meets requirements.

    The Swordy intersection is proposed to be stop-controlled for the Swordy leg of the intersection, and does not require a traffic signal for the existing amount of vehicles using it. However we plan to adjust the crosswalk to improve the pedestrian crossing.

    The gap in sidewalk on the west side between Swordy and Bechard is identified in the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. It is not being considered for this project due to constructability and cost challenges. With current redevelopment potential in this area, the City expects that some of the constructability and private property impact challenges will be addressed by developments completing the sidewalk in the future. To help mitigate the challenge of having sidewalk on one side in the interim, the project includes improved crossings at Swordy and Bechard, so the majority of users have access to the sidewalk on the east side of the road.

    Construction for the segment from KLO to Lanfranco is planned for 2022, while the segment from Lanfranco to Barrera is planned to occur 2023-2025, subject to Council approval.

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    There is no way to overtake a slower cyclist using these lanes. And the roadway is too narrow for the drivers sepically with snow on the roads or be hikes that aren’t parked exactly right. Slow down doesn’t even cover the heart palpitations when driving down Ethel! Why couldn’t the lanes be more like the other corridor? The one on Lakeshore?

    cperkin asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your comments.  The narrower travel lanes for motor vehicles are intended to slow drivers down, providing better safety for all road users.  Public engagement has closed so we are reviewing all public feedback as we transition to the next stage of design.

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    Just wondering if traffic speed bumps were to be implemented between Lanfranco and K.L.O road? The speeders through there in the summer are phenomenal! With a seniors home at the end of the street and a cross walk just before it, I'm surprised no one has been hit. I have lived on this street for almost 13 years and it makes me cringe when I here the engines go roaring by! Thanks for your consideration

    Lollie asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for the question. The proposed design does not include traffic calming strips (speed bumps). Casorso Road is a Major Collector Road used by transit buses, so due to that and the greater number of vehicles using it, it does not qualify for speed bumps. Local Roads which serve lower numbers of vehicles can qualify for speed bumps if there are issues with speeding or shortcutting.

    The proposed design will provide traffic calming and speed reduction by narrowing the travel lanes. The addition of bike lanes and buffer (separation between bike lane and vehicle lanes) will result in narrower vehicle lanes. This will reduce vehicle speeds on Casorso Road.

    To improve safety for people walking, geometric adjustments will be made at crosswalks to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.

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    concerned about how you re going to do the protection of the cyclist at casorso and barera also wondering if motorized scooters are then going to be allowed down that area as it might pose problems with very young cyclists who do not really onderstand. also concerend about how they would be transversing the cental mobole park and when it changes how that would affect al of that

    Ilana gogel asked 8 months ago

    Hi Ilana, the details for the safe transition from the protected bike lanes on Casorso to the multi-use path on Barrera will be determined in the next stage of design. 

    Motorized scooters (mopeds) are not allowed on bike lanes; however, electric scooters and kick scooters are permitted to use bike lanes.  We understand with proximity to Casorso Elementary School there will be children using the bike lanes; the design will follow best practices for All Ages & Abilities bike infrastructure.

    The design process will include stakeholder engagement regarding the potential redevelopment of the mobile home park.


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    Why is the section of Casorso being turned into a bicycle lane, and the parking in that area is reduced ( Corner of K.L.O down to Lanfranco Road )? there are many of us need the extra parking space

    citykelo2B asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the question. With addition of protected bike lanes on Casorso, there is only sufficient space between the existing curbs & sidewalk for parking to be provided on one side. To provide parking on both sides of the street would require widening on one side of the street at a significant cost.

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    What is going to be done to protect our parking spaces on Casorso Road and Lanfranco? WE have several vehicles used by the residences and we need the space to park. It would be nice to park in front of our own home and not in someone else's neighbourhood and have to walk several blocks just to get to our front door and there is this issue of the people with medical issues and there is also the issue of the seniors. They can not walk several blocks to get to their front door

    maria johnson asked 8 months ago

    Hi Maria, thanks for sharing your concerns about parking.  Public engagement has closed so we will be reviewing all survey responses and public feedback leading into the next stage of design.

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    My question is for the future of Casorso std. Kerkoff Construction is the future Developer of 3535 Casorso Rd! The density of cars coming out of this new neighbour hood has to be considered. I love the Ethel Rd reconversion BUT I am glad I have a small car BECAUSE it feels like the roadway shrunk! That is my #1 concern but my second concern is for the parents who pick up and drive their children to the French School on the corner of Barrera and Casorso. Where will these parents park ??

    Margery Tryon asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question. As part of the Ethel Street ATC (active transportation corridor) project, the width of the travel lanes was reduced, creating the benefit of reducing vehicle speeds. Research has shown that narrower travel lanes result in motor vehicles traveling a slower speeds, providing improved safety for all road users. The Casorso 3 ATC will result in a similar reduction in the width of travel lanes.

    Parking is proposed to be retained on both sides of Casorso Road in front of Casorso Elementary School to accommodate the pick up and drop off activity. North of Bechard Road, parking is to be retained along the east side of Casorso Road and is proposed to be removed along the west side.

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    Why would you waste tax payers money to build the bike lanes. When road is plenty wide enough they way it is. You are taking parking away from cash strapped students. The amount of people that will use the bike lane is far less then the people that are using it today. Majority of people do not ride their bike on rainy days, in the winter, or at night. So for majority of the year the new lane would be useless.The proposed bike lanes will be empty. For now end the bike lane at the college. YOU are just asking for our comments to make is look good for yourselves and are going to go ahead with the plan no matter how bad of an idea it is. PS. I ride my bike in the area and don"t have any issues.

    Bookmark asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for the comment. Casorso Road currently has no bike lanes and from our traffic count data we know that there is a modest amount of bicycle ridership on this street. Research shows that the addition of protected bike lanes on a street results in an increase in bicycle ridership due to the improved safety and comfort provided by the separation between the bike lane and the vehicle travel lane. The goal of making it easier for more people to travel by bicycle aligns with the City's 2016 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP) and Transportation Master Plan which have identified a key objective to ensure walking and bicycling are safe, convenient, and practical modes of travel.

    The Casorso 3 ATC is an extension of the Ethel ATC corridor and will complete an important biking connection from the Cawston multi-use path in Downtown to the Lakeshore multi-use path in the Lower Mission, also providing links to the Pandosy urban centre, Okanagan College, and several schools in the area.

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    Are you aware a Developer (Kirkhoff) gas purchased Central Mobil Park and will redevelop into multifamily condos and high rises? What in you plan accommodates this future development? Nothing should be done until his development plans are known. Typical braindead bureaucrats making pie in the sky changes that do not ever reflect reality.

    Concerned Senior asked 8 months ago

    The City is aware of potential for redevelopment along Casorso Road, and has included stakeholder engagement as part of the design process.

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    Why are we modelling this after the newest sections of Ethel (Sutherland to Raymer) that are not good? We actually took a road with two bike lanes and gravel parking and made it worse - more cluttered, narrower, harder to clear of snow and ice, and harder to see and be seen. We should be installing a multi-use path like Barrera, or doing it properly like the Sutherland to the Hwy section of Ethel.

    Brent C2 asked 8 months ago

    Hi Brent, thanks for your feedback on the previous sections of Ethel ATC. We will be compiling all public comments to determine changes needed during the detailed design for Casorso.

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