The Way We Get Around
The biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Kelowna comes from vehicles. The City continues to expand the network of sidewalks and bike lanes and make improvements to transit service to provide residents options to reduce reliance on vehicles. In response, there has been a gradual shift in how people choose to get around and over the past 10 years, there has been a 19 per cent increase in percentage of people choosing to walk, cycle or take transit to work. However, more still needs to be done as fuel sales have increased 14 per cent since 2012.
During the Imagine Kelowna consultation we heard that residents want a connected community that embraces diverse transportation options in order to shift away from our car-centric culture. We recognize that residents will still use vehicles, however, there are simple actions that can be taken to reduce the amount of emissions from vehicles. These actions include reducing idling, and changing vehicles to electric. The City can support these initiatives by implementing an anti-idling bylaw, restricting drive-thrus and developing a community electric vehicle strategy.
What are your thoughts on the above proposed ideas to reduce emissions from vehicles?
Consultation has concluded and the Community Climate Action Plan was endorsed by Council. See https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/environment/climate-action for more information.