Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route

Work is starting on a plan for a lake-to-lake cycling route. The need for a safe and convenient cycling route through the city and connecting the Okanagan and Skaha lakes was first identified in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and reaffirmed in the draft of the 2019 Official Community Plan.

The City hired CTQ Consultants and Drdul Community Transportation Planning to complete the plan. The consultants will work with affected residents, businesses and the community-at-large to review the options for the route based on the preliminary concept in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and determine a recommendation.

Residents and businesses in affected areas along the route will have opportunities to get involved as will the community at large. The City is planning mailouts, a survey, and open houses to involve the community in the development of the plan. Information will be shared through the City’s shapeyourcitypenticton.ca website and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to register on the site to receive information about the process directly.

This map shows the general location of the proposed route included in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and the draft 2019 Official Community Plan.

Work is starting on a plan for a lake-to-lake cycling route. The need for a safe and convenient cycling route through the city and connecting the Okanagan and Skaha lakes was first identified in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and reaffirmed in the draft of the 2019 Official Community Plan.

The City hired CTQ Consultants and Drdul Community Transportation Planning to complete the plan. The consultants will work with affected residents, businesses and the community-at-large to review the options for the route based on the preliminary concept in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and determine a recommendation.

Residents and businesses in affected areas along the route will have opportunities to get involved as will the community at large. The City is planning mailouts, a survey, and open houses to involve the community in the development of the plan. Information will be shared through the City’s shapeyourcitypenticton.ca website and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to register on the site to receive information about the process directly.

This map shows the general location of the proposed route included in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and the draft 2019 Official Community Plan.

  • Pedal Penticton event kicks off lake-to-lake route engagement

    20 days ago

    Residents are invited to Pedal Penticton to learn more about and try some of the innovations that are making it possible for all ages and abilities to cycle in the city. The event is planned for September 7 from 9 am to 1 pm at Gyro Park and will kick off upcoming engagement activities for the lake-to-lake cycling route.

    “The lake-to-lake route is going to make it possible for more people to consider cycling as an alternate form of transportation and part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Engagement Strategist JoAnne Kleb. “Before we start conversations about where the route should...

    Residents are invited to Pedal Penticton to learn more about and try some of the innovations that are making it possible for all ages and abilities to cycle in the city. The event is planned for September 7 from 9 am to 1 pm at Gyro Park and will kick off upcoming engagement activities for the lake-to-lake cycling route.

    “The lake-to-lake route is going to make it possible for more people to consider cycling as an alternate form of transportation and part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Engagement Strategist JoAnne Kleb. “Before we start conversations about where the route should go and what it should look like, we want people to see what is possible. We hope the event attracts experienced cyclists but also people who may need more encouragement to ride.”

    Staff will be on hand to discuss the lake-to-lake route and plans to involve the community but there will also be a number of exhibits for attendees to explore:

    • Bike Barn and Freedom Bikes will offer demos of e-bikes.
    • Cycling Without Age will offer rides in their popular trishaws.
    • Penticton and Area Cycling Association will decorate bikes with the kids at 10 am and lead a community ride at 11 am.
    • Hoodoo Adventures will set up their Sprockets mountain bike course in the park for young children.
    • Recreation Penticton will entertain the kids with outdoor games and bikes including accessible bikes and mini-bikes.
    • ICBC will be on hand to discuss the rules of the road for the safety of cyclists and drivers.
    • Interior Health will share the importance of active transportation to a healthy community.
    • City of Penticton transportation consultants will share how bike lane design has evolved to accommodate the needs of drivers and cyclists.
    • Free bike parking will be available at Gyro Park through the Bike Valet service.

    The display materials shared at the event will also be available at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. Residents are invited to sign up on the site to stay informed about opportunities to get involved in the lake-to-lake route engagement process.

  • Planning starts on lake-to-lake cycling route

    3 months ago

    Council will hear the plan to identify an ‘all ages and abilities’ cycling route at their meeting on June 18. The need for a safe and convenient cycling route through the city and connecting the Okanagan and Skaha lakes was first identified in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and reaffirmed in the draft of the 2019 Official Community Plan. Council included $35,000 in this year’s budget to complete the plan.

    “The proposed route will form the spine of the City’s cycling network making it safe for people of all ages and abilities to cycle to many amenities...

    Council will hear the plan to identify an ‘all ages and abilities’ cycling route at their meeting on June 18. The need for a safe and convenient cycling route through the city and connecting the Okanagan and Skaha lakes was first identified in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and reaffirmed in the draft of the 2019 Official Community Plan. Council included $35,000 in this year’s budget to complete the plan.

    “The proposed route will form the spine of the City’s cycling network making it safe for people of all ages and abilities to cycle to many amenities and destinations throughout the city,” says the City Engineer Ian Chapman. “It will also provide an important link to the regional Kettle Valley Railway trails.”

    After issuing a Request for Proposal in May, the City hired CTQ Consultants and Drdul Community Transportation Planning to complete the plan. The consultants will work with affected residents, businesses and the community-at-large to review the options for the route based on the preliminary concept in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and determine a recommendation. The goal is to complete the plan this fall in time for the 2020 budget process.

    “Communities are embracing cycling routes to encourage a healthy lifestyle, support green transportation options, increase the city’s vibrancy and of course, make cycling safe for everyone,” says Chapman. “To realize the benefits of these networks means some compromise as parking and traffic lanes may be impacted in some sections. Our plan is to try to minimize the impact through creative design and we look forward to working with citizens on solutions.”

    Residents and businesses in affected areas along the route will have opportunities to get involved as will the community at large. The City is planning mailouts, a survey, and open houses to involve the community in the development of the plan. Information will be shared through the City’s shapeyourcitypenticton.ca website and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to register on the site to receive information about the process directly.

    “There has been interest in this route for many years but it has taken time to move it forward,” says Mayor John Vassilaki. “With the direction set in our draft Official Community Plan and growing support for active transportation in communities across Canada, it’s timely for Penticton to invest in this type of infrastructure.” The staff report to Council will be posted at www.penticton.ca later today.