Our Kelowna as we move

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Steer the future of transportation in Kelowna

The Transportation Master Plan is a long-range plan that will identify the transportation investments needed in Kelowna over the next 20 years.

Fall 2019 engagement

During the latest phase of engagement in fall 2019, residents took the planner’s seat in Kelowna’s Transportation Master Plan by providing feedback on projects, policies and programs that will help shape how we move around our city now and into the future.

An interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise was available from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6, 2019.

Congrats to Geoff, winner of the prize draw for a $750 gift card to a Kelowna bicycle shop.

For more information about the plan, visit kelowna.ca/transportation2040.

Read the engagement summary

Steer the future of transportation in Kelowna

The Transportation Master Plan is a long-range plan that will identify the transportation investments needed in Kelowna over the next 20 years.

Fall 2019 engagement

During the latest phase of engagement in fall 2019, residents took the planner’s seat in Kelowna’s Transportation Master Plan by providing feedback on projects, policies and programs that will help shape how we move around our city now and into the future.

An interactive, online transportation budgeting exercise was available from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6, 2019.

Congrats to Geoff, winner of the prize draw for a $750 gift card to a Kelowna bicycle shop.

For more information about the plan, visit kelowna.ca/transportation2040.

Read the engagement summary

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    Why don’t we have bus service to magic estates? 26 years of paying taxes and asking for bus service. Why are we not included? The mayor says we need to take transit....... then provide it.

    Cj asked 7 months ago

    One of the key challenges in transit planning is how best to allocate resources between routes in the central parts of the community (the Transit Core area), which account for roughly 90% of transit use in Kelowna, and expanding service to new outlying areas as the city grows (Transit Coverage areas). The challenge is that transit service to places like Magic Estates can easily be 3 or 4 times as expensive to provide per rider than transit service to areas with more people and jobs. 

    Currently we’re focused on responding to significant ridership growth on major routes that service the Transit Core; demand we’re challenged to meet with current resources. As resources become available, priority is placed on ensuring that existing routes in the transit system are functioning effectively and are able to meet demand ahead of expanding services to new areas.

    Coverage areas that are not served today may be considered for new service as resources permit, and only when the combined population and employment is deemed sufficient to generate a level of ridership that ensures services are able to meet minimum performance standards. When considering new Coverage services, prospective new service areas would then compete with others where transit may also be in demand. While a small pocket of residential density in the area of Magic Estates is close to meeting minimum population levels to support transit, population density must be realized across a contiguous area where a route would operate. As development continues at sites along Clifton Road this may improve the viability of a future transit route to that area.


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    when is the city of kelowna going to build a bus shelter /seat on Springfield and Gordon south bound been needing on for years or 2 bus stops shelters out side the kelowna food bank its a blasted long way between stops to walk with full bags not every one is RICH and can afored a car you try 4-7 bags of food and lug them to the bus stops in 30c weather or winter with snow and ice

    Davidh asked 8 months ago

    In regards to the Gordon/Springfield bus shelter suggestion, in 2015 when the stop was first placed, the City was unsuccessful in its attempt to acquire land from the adjacent property to provide space to install a shelter. Until such time that the property develops or the owner wishes to sell a small portion of land, a shelter cannot be provided at this location.

    In regards to bus stops near the foodbank on Enterprise Way, bus stops are placed at 300-400 meter intervals along major routes depending on factors such as land use and proximity to safe, controlled pedestrian crossings. While there are no bus stops directly adjacent to the Foodbank, there are stops within 300 meters of the facility located on Enterprise Way at Dilworth Drive and on Enterprise at Leckie Road. While we understand that walking this distance while carrying heavy bags can be challenging, unfortunately, a closer bus stop cannot be safely provided given the lack of controlled crossing and challenging road geometry in the area.


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    The problem of the Gordon Drive commute from the upper Mission in the morning MUST BE ADDRESSED. The volume of traffic leaving the upper Missionin the morning is horrendous. Most days I have to wait for some one to let me into the flow of traffic onto Gordon and it takes 10-15 minutes to crawl from Paret Rd to OKM high school. Yet, more homes are being built “up top” and with the middle school being built, more parents will be driving up the hill to drop off their kids only to drive back down. Pedestrian activated lights at McClure and Raymer add to problem as well as vehicles and school buses trying to make a left hand turn out of the high school. Kelowna is becoming too “Vancouverish” with its driving mentality and the frustration is mounting.

    RA asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment. Staff reviewed traffic delays on Gordon Drive last spring. A summary of findings can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PLBwfH. While there is congestion in the morning around bell time, both Gordon and Lakeshore are delay-free over 23 hours per day. The crosswalks at McClure and Raymer are in place to protect students crossing the street.

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    I know that the politicians have discussed dedicated busways in Kelowna. Do you know if any firm plans have been formulated to build at least one north-south and one east-west busway?

    Al J2 asked almost 2 years ago

    At this time there is no planned or funded dedicated bus lane corridors in Kelowna. As part of the Transportation Master Plan process, we will be exploring various options to move people through our city as we grow; actions to improve transit travel times and reliability, such as bus lanes, will be considered. The next phase of public engagement is anticipated for spring 2019. We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the process and participation opportunities by subscribing for e-updates here.


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    I am writing with regards to the development of the culture of cycling as a mode of transportation within our city. I am an avid cyclist both for pleasure (trail and road) and for commuting. I know that a bylaw exists for cyclist wearing helmets but unaware of any enforcement of this bylaw . The recent addition of the 1$/hr "orange bikes" have really brought this to my attention. The online contract that they sign tells them they are responsible for providing their own helmet. This seems a bit unrealistic to assume they are going to have a helmet with them . I have yet to see anyone riding one of these bikes with a helmet on! They of course are not the only ones, I am only speaking anecdotally but it seems like this is becoming more common.I have never heard of or seen the cycling helmet bylaw enforced. I think that Kelowna is doing a great job trying to create and encourage a culture of cycling by putting cycling lanes into existing roads and including them in future planning and development...BUT ...there seems to be no action with regards to enforcing cycling helmets....its seems like it is merely a suggestion. I am acutely aware of how significant the use of a helmet can be having witness a number of friends and acquaintances crash. Had they not been wearing helmets the outcome would have been much worse. So it really distresses me to see people not wearing helmets. So I am wondering what is the cycling culture plan for Kelowna? Is there anyone who enforces the bike helmet bylaw or is there a plan for how to do this as we try to encourage more and more people to make cycling a part of their life? I would also like to know if there is some way I can help with this by volunteering with any program you may have on the go or about to launch. Thanks for your feed back.

    Sue asked about 2 years ago

    Helmets are required when riding a bike under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act and the City’s Traffic Bylaw. Both the RCMP and the City’s bylaw officers enforce this requirement.

    The Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan adopted by Council in 2016 is the closest thing to a “cycling culture” plan for Kelowna. Please find the plan here: https://bit.ly/2vSzC0S

    If you would like to volunteer with a community organization that aims to build cycling culture in Kelowna, you should look into the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition.

    Dropbike is a private company. Riders are expected to comply with all laws while riding bikeshare. There is a reminder about the helmet law on every bike and in the app. More information on our approach to safety on bikeshare can be found here: https://bit.ly/2M9p7k8


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    Has the city looked at implementing a hop on hop off bus service tfor the summer months where people and tourists can take advantage of coming downtown without worrying about where they will park

    Robin Jarman asked almost 2 years ago

    The City has considered a bus service to circulate tourists around downtown in the past, but it was decided that it would do little to increase transit ridership overall. BC Transit provides frequent bus service from downtown to many parts of the region – including hotspots for tourist accommodation.


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    Has the city thought about using lanes based on the traffic patterns on the peak hours for the bridge ? Like Lions gate bridge in North Van ? That could alíviate some of the traffic entering Kelowna in the am and leaving Kelowna in the pm. For the long term is the city planning to maybe build a twin bridge ?? The Okanagan is growing and the existing bridge will not be efficient in a matter of a years - do we have some funding for a new bridge or a bridge expansion ?

    Olga Garcia asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Highway 97 and the William R. Bennett Bridge are under provincial jurisdiction. The Ministry of Transportation is working on a study for a second crossing. You can find more information here.

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    I am becoming very concerned about traffic flow west to east along the highway and Springfield. Anyone that has traveled those two routes knows that the Spall to Highway 33 bypass along the rail corridor is urgently needed. Where is that in the planing process?

    Bruce asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for the question. The extension of Clement Avenue from Spall to Highway 33 is part of the Official Community Plan. Preliminary design has been completed, though given the cost of the project, (total estimated cost of $60 million) significant budget is required.