February 06, 2015 - 4:37 PM
WEST KELOWNA - West Kelowna Council is considering a draft of a plan to improve the community’s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and is inviting comments from the public.
The Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Implementation Plan for West Kelowna prioritizes projects to improve the District’s pedestrian and bicycle networks. The plan references existing plans including the Transportation Master Plan and the Recreational Trails Master Plan.
To develop the draft plan, stakeholder meetings were held throughout 2014 with various groups including the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, West Kelowna Special Needs Advisory Council, Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society, School District 23, Westbank First Nation and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Through analysis of network gaps, a total of 97 segments or projects are required to complete the pedestrian and cycling networks. The large number of projects requires prioritization to maximize effectiveness and incorporate improvements with other capital plans or projects. Each segment was given a score based on the proximity to active transportation trip generators including transit, schools, community centres, neighbourhood commercial and parks. A weighting system resulted in a ranked list of projects based on the demand for active transportation with a 20-year investment ranging from $3.5 million to $8 million.
Staff will collect input from the public before bringing the draft plan back to Council for adoption. The draft plan can be viewed on the District’s website, www.districtofwestkelowna.ca, or at Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna. Comments can be provided to the District’s Engineering Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 778-797-8840. Comments can also be mailed to 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6. Please provide comments by Friday, February 27.
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