Ethel Street active transportation corridor

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Phase 6 construction

Background

Public engagement

June 2014:

  • Two open houses and an online survey.
  • Public feedback received on overall corridor design (Clement to Raymer).

Overview

Ethel Street

  • North-South route connects with Sutherland and Cawston Active Transportation Corridors (ATC), with future connections to Casorso corridor between downtown and south Pandosy area.
  • Close to schools, parks, health care institutions, and businesses.
  • Quieter and a more preferable cycling route than four-lane Gordon Drive.
  • Avoids Richter Street power lines and narrow, congested Pandosy Street.

Planning for the future

  • 2030 Official Community Plan and 2020 Capital Plan anticipate many new ATCs over the next five to seven years, pending budget and Council approval.
  • Year over year is a 50 per cent increase for our busiest shared pathways and protected bike lanes.
  • Separate uses improves safety and experience for all, while also helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cycle Track

What is it?

  • Protected bike lane with physical barrier between roadways and sidewalks.
  • One-way or two-way.
  • Level with the road or raised to sidewalk level.
  • Improves safety and predictability for all roadway users.

Rules

  • Motorists continue in their lane as normal and follow regular traffic rules.
  • Vehicle parking not permitted in bike lane.
  • People riding bikes use cycle track to provide separation from vehicles and pedestrians.

Design

Phase 6 improvements will include:

  • Separated protected bike lanes on both sides of road;
  • Combination of existing & new sidewalk/curb & gutter;
  • New roadway, landscaping, and LED streetlights;
  • Watermain utility improvements;
  • Parking on west side of Ethel St., (Grenfell Ave. to Wardlaw Ave.)
  • New Posted Vehicle Speed 40km/h

Construction Impacts

  • Project Timeline: Anticipated ~ September 2020 – June 2021
  • Anticipated Work Hours 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Ethel Street closed between Rose and Raymer Avenues (local traffic only)
  • Pedestrian and sidewalk access will be maintained, with intermittent closures / detours
  • Cyclist to dismount and utilize sidewalks and/or follow vehicle detours
  • Intermittent water service interruption during watermain work
  • Driveway access restricted during watermain installation, concrete placement & curing, and paving operations
  • Driveways minimum width 4.0m - maximum width 6.0m
  • Emergency access will be maintained at all times
  • Waste Collection and mail delivery also maintained

Phase 6 construction

Background

Public engagement

June 2014:

  • Two open houses and an online survey.
  • Public feedback received on overall corridor design (Clement to Raymer).

Overview

Ethel Street

  • North-South route connects with Sutherland and Cawston Active Transportation Corridors (ATC), with future connections to Casorso corridor between downtown and south Pandosy area.
  • Close to schools, parks, health care institutions, and businesses.
  • Quieter and a more preferable cycling route than four-lane Gordon Drive.
  • Avoids Richter Street power lines and narrow, congested Pandosy Street.

Planning for the future

  • 2030 Official Community Plan and 2020 Capital Plan anticipate many new ATCs over the next five to seven years, pending budget and Council approval.
  • Year over year is a 50 per cent increase for our busiest shared pathways and protected bike lanes.
  • Separate uses improves safety and experience for all, while also helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cycle Track

What is it?

  • Protected bike lane with physical barrier between roadways and sidewalks.
  • One-way or two-way.
  • Level with the road or raised to sidewalk level.
  • Improves safety and predictability for all roadway users.

Rules

  • Motorists continue in their lane as normal and follow regular traffic rules.
  • Vehicle parking not permitted in bike lane.
  • People riding bikes use cycle track to provide separation from vehicles and pedestrians.

Design

Phase 6 improvements will include:

  • Separated protected bike lanes on both sides of road;
  • Combination of existing & new sidewalk/curb & gutter;
  • New roadway, landscaping, and LED streetlights;
  • Watermain utility improvements;
  • Parking on west side of Ethel St., (Grenfell Ave. to Wardlaw Ave.)
  • New Posted Vehicle Speed 40km/h

Construction Impacts

  • Project Timeline: Anticipated ~ September 2020 – June 2021
  • Anticipated Work Hours 7am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Ethel Street closed between Rose and Raymer Avenues (local traffic only)
  • Pedestrian and sidewalk access will be maintained, with intermittent closures / detours
  • Cyclist to dismount and utilize sidewalks and/or follow vehicle detours
  • Intermittent water service interruption during watermain work
  • Driveway access restricted during watermain installation, concrete placement & curing, and paving operations
  • Driveways minimum width 4.0m - maximum width 6.0m
  • Emergency access will be maintained at all times
  • Waste Collection and mail delivery also maintained

Question area

Please leave any questions you have about this project and we will respond within three business days. 

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    When will the section of Ethel street north of Cawston to Clement be completed?

    Dani asked 7 months ago

    Hi Dani,

    This section of the Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor is part of the 10 year capital plan and currently scheduled for 2023. 

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    How long until the Ethel ATC is connected to the Collage and Casorso Elementary? Thanks

    infernovideo asked 10 months ago

    Hi there, crews will be constructing an ATC from Ethel Street at Raymer Avenue to K.L.O road in 2021. You can learn more about this project on kelowna.ca/cityprojects. The section that will extend to Casorso Elementary will be designed this year with construction planned in the next three years. 

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    As the city continues to embrace and accommodate increased levels of cyclists using these corridors are there any plans to help cyclists realize they may be exceeding safe speeds? I would think that a speed awareness display (similar to the MV control on Springfield) would be helpful to increase safety for all corridor users.

    GambleFamily asked 9 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question. We are studying shared pathway conflicts and safety perceptions between bikes and pedestrians on busy shared facilities in Kelowna. We should have more info about this in the summer. This project has been designed to separate users based on travel speed, mitigating conflicts and improving safety for all modes.

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    I'm wondering if this plan will include a proper crosswalk and crossing lights at the Raymer/Ethel intersection. So many kids travel to and from school everyday through this intersection, mine included, and we've had some close calls as the young N drivers (and others) often aren't paying attention and there is currently no official crosswalk. Thanks!

    Michelle Bonnett asked 12 months ago

    Hi there! Thank you for the question.

    This intersection is currently an All Way Stop and is a legal crossing point. The contract for Ethel 6 does not include improvements to the Ethel and Raymer intersection, however, a future project is anticipated to implement painted crossings. Currently, this project is proposed for 2021 to connect the Ethel St ATC to the south using the existing lane just to the west of Ethel.

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    Which is correct? The info here is the opposite of what the paper leaflet mailed to us says as far as timeline.

    Wbeaudoin asked about 1 year ago

    Hi there, Thank you for your question. The website dates are different from the mail out dates as the contractor made a change after the letters were sent out. The website dates are the correct schedule. The website will be the best place to find the most up to date information.