Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route

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Work is underway 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. First you heard of this work? Check out our summary of engagement activities to see all of the different ways the City has involved the community to date.

BEFORE YOU SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK...

- Watch Video Presentation #3 to review the options for the proposed preferred route and the changes to intersections.

- Read the Preferred Option Report for background on the project and the analysis that led to the findings.

- Consider registering to attend an on-line information session. See Key Dates.

- Get your questions answered by emailing getconnected@penticton.ca or calling (250) 490-2586. See the FAQ for the most common questions.

- Complete the form by October 18. There is one form if you are located along the route and another if you are not.

- All completed forms will be entered in a draw for an e-bike to be awarded at the end of the project.


Work is underway 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. First you heard of this work? Check out our summary of engagement activities to see all of the different ways the City has involved the community to date.

BEFORE YOU SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK...

- Watch Video Presentation #3 to review the options for the proposed preferred route and the changes to intersections.

- Read the Preferred Option Report for background on the project and the analysis that led to the findings.

- Consider registering to attend an on-line information session. See Key Dates.

- Get your questions answered by emailing getconnected@penticton.ca or calling (250) 490-2586. See the FAQ for the most common questions.

- Complete the form by October 18. There is one form if you are located along the route and another if you are not.

- All completed forms will be entered in a draw for an e-bike to be awarded at the end of the project.


  • Route selection for proposed bike lane nears final engagement phase

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    NEWS RELEASE

    During its upcoming meeting scheduled for September 15, 2020, Penticton City Council will receive an update on the work completed to date to determine a proposed preferred route for a bike lane running from Skaha Lake to Okanagan Lake.

    Commencing in the fall of 2019, the process of choosing a proposed preferred route has now proceeded through three phases of community engagement. In phase one of the engagement process, the community confirmed their interest in a central bike lane connecting both lakes; in phase two the public was asked to comment on which neighbourhoods and streets are best suited to build bike lanes and, most recently, during phase three, the pros and cons of individual route options through the downtown were discussed.

    As each phase of the engagement process was completed, staff returned to Council with a summary of the community’s feedback, along with an overview of next steps in the engagement process.

    For the fourth and final round of engagement, owners and tenants with properties neighbouring the proposed preferred route, which comprises South Main St., Atkinson St., Fairview Road and Martin St., will be encouraged to comment on how a bike lane along their section of road may or may not impact their residence or place of business.

    More information about the possible design of the proposed preferred route and the impacts to intersections will be shared in preparation of the final round of engagement, which staff is recommending occur from September 16 through to mid October.

    “On September 15, staff will present the proposed preferred route to Council and seek their confirmation to proceed to a fourth and final round of engagement,” said the City’s Engagement Strategist, JoAnne Kleb. “Until now, our engagement process has focused on communicating and explaining the concept of a lake-to-lake bike lane, along with exploring options on where best to build it. For this final phase of engagement, attention shifts towards the specific streets that could form a route and understanding how the integration of a bike lane impacts adjacent homes or businesses.”

    Despite hosting a dozen engagement opportunities over a 10-month period, combined with regular advertising and media coverage, the City anticipates some property owners and tenants along the proposed preferred route may be unfamiliar with the project.

    “Past efforts to share information and generate awareness is no guarantee everyone’s informed,” said the City’s Communication Manager, Philip Cooper. “Potentially affected individuals can quickly get up to speed by reviewing the information resources located on the City’s engagement website - www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. If you’ve been putting off providing feedback or you’re someone who’s just learning about this project now, we encourage you to get involved in the process while the window for engagement remains open and staff are actively gathering feedback.”

  • More downtown involvement needed in lake-to-lake cycling route

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    25 February, 2020

    The City is looking for more input before finalizing the preferred option for the downtown section of the lake-to-lake cycling route.

    “We started with five different options for the downtown leg of the route and with the results of the technical analysis and the public input we have received to date, we have been able to narrow it down to two,” says City Engineer Ian Chapman.

    The two options to be discussed further include one that would see a two-way cycle track replace the parking on the west side of Martin St. and a second that would see protected bicycle lanes replace the parking on both sides of Winnipeg St.

    “The Martin St. option is favoured as it is direct and would have the least impact on parking and traffic but we also heard from many cyclists who believe that Winnipeg St. would provide a better experience,” says Chapman. “We’d like to have a further discussion with residents and businesses in the downtown before we land on the preferred option.”

    All residents and businesses in the downtown and especially those located along the options being considered are invited to participate in one of two public meetings to help confirm the preferred option. The meetings will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on March 25 between 6:30 pm and 8 pm and March 26 between 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

    “The downtown is likely the most challenging section of the route,” says Engagement Strategist JoAnne Kleb. “We’re not convinced we have heard from enough of the residents and businesses who could be affected and it is important that they be involved at this early stage of the process.”

    Once the preferred option is determined for the downtown section of the route, the City will introduce the preferred options for each of the four sections and invite further discussion with the community in the final phase of engagement before making a recommendation to Council.

    The work to identify the lake-to-lake route began last September with the Pedal Penticton event that had attendance of approximately 500 and generated more than 1,000 feedback forms with 93% either somewhat or strongly in support of a lake-to-lake route. This past December, the City shared the options for each of the four sections of the route with the community at two open houses that were attended by over 400 residents and generated over 200 feedback forms.
  • Discuss the options for the lake-to-lake cycling route

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    20 November, 2019

    The City is ready to share the options for the lake-to-lake cycling route. A technical review has been completed and a report detailing the options is now posted at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. Paper copies are also available at City Hall.

    “Our consultants reviewed a number of possible streets to identify options that meet the technical and safety requirements of an ‘all ages and abilities’ cycling route,” says City Engineer Ian Chapman.

    “We’ve got a good starting point for our discussions with the community and are looking forward to hearing what residents and businesses think about the route options proposed for affected neighborhoods.”

    The review evaluated the roads suggested in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update as well as additional nearby roads that may be suitable for an ‘all ages and abilities’ route. Major roads such as Main Street south of Eckhardt Ave and Skaha Lake Road were not considered due to the number of driveways and intersections which would reduce the level of protection for cyclists. The options identified in the review were vetted with local traffic safety experts and stakeholders representing ICBC, BC Transit, RCMP, the business community and local cyclists and the City is now ready to discuss them with residents.

    “Through the Pedal Penticton event this summer, a thousand people let us know how important it is to provide a safe cycling route through the city,” says Mayor John Vassilaki. “We hope to see this momentum continue and that people will take advantage of the opportunities to get involved and discuss the options for what is sure to be a signature amenity for our city.”

    Citizens will have their first chance to discuss the lake-to-lake route options at the 3 ‘Hot’ Topics open houses in early December. On Dec. 4 between 3 pm and 7 pm at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and Dec. 5 at the same time at the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, staff will be on hand to discuss work on the Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route, the Skaha Lake Park East Plan, and the 2020-2024 Business and Financial Plans. Feedback on the lake-to-lake route options will be collected during the open houses and online starting Nov. 28 through to Dec. 19.

    The City has also created a flyer to notify residents and businesses along the possible routes about the work and opportunities to get involved. The flyer will be mailed out to approximately 6,000 properties in the city. Copies are also available at City Hall and electronically through www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.


  • Highlights from Pedal Penticton questionnaire

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    18 November, 2019

    Staff shared an update on the outcome of the Pedal Penticton event and questionnaire at Council's meeting on November 5. Highlights from the questionnaire results include:

    • The questionnaire ran for two weeks from September 7 to 21 and was available at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. Paper copies were also provided at City Hall and at the Community Centre.
    • The questionnaire received a very good response. A total of 1,068 questionnaires were received including 99 responses from the random sample. The majority of participants (84%) were from Penticton and over half (51%) were in the 40-64 age group. The 19-39 and 65+ made up the remaining participation at 21% and 26% respectively.
    • The majority of participants (71%) are active cyclists. Their main reasons for cycling are for leisure or recreation and fitness or training. For those that do not cycle, the main reason cited is that they do not feel safe on the road.
    • Most of the participants were not familiar with City’s plans for cycling with 75% rating their awareness of the 2012 Cycling Plan including the vision for a lake-to-lake route as poor or fair.
    • Despite not being aware of the City’s plans, most of the participants believe it is somewhat or very important that the City support cycling as an alternate form of transportation (93%) and provide safe cycling routes (95%). They also somewhat or strongly agree that protected or separated bike lanes are a benefit to drivers as well as cyclists (93%).
    • Most participants (93%) also somewhat or strongly agree that it is important that the City provide a lake-to-lake route for cyclists of all ages and abilities and believe their interest in cycling is somewhat or very likely (81%) to increase with the creation of the route.
    • Participants were asked about their interest in maintaining the route to allow for year-round use. 55% said it is very important and 29% said it is somewhat important. 57% would support an increase in the budget for snow clearing and ice control. 21% would support an increase with conditions such as if it is well used by cyclists, if other modes of transportation are allowed (i.e. mobility scooters), and if roads and sidewalks are the priority.
    • Participants were also asked their opinions about some of the compromises that may be required to add a route. 67% were open to removing a driving lane in some sections and an additional 15% were open to the idea depending on the location and as along as the roads can handle the traffic. 69% were open to removing on-street parking in some sections while 16% were not open to removing parking. 74% would support budget increases for road widening to keep the travel lanes and add the bike lanes.
    The questionnaire also invited participants to provide comments to explain their responses. The following is a selection of the comments that reflect some of the main themes.

    • “As a senior and from my assessment of the bike lanes currently used, users feel safe when in the bike lane and in general motorists drive carefully through areas where bike lanes are identified.” • “While I do drive a vehicle and sometimes find the separated bike lanes to be annoying I prefer to think of the separate lanes to be safer over all.”
    • “Bike lanes are great if they don't impede on a business by making it unsafe to exit or enter the business parking, if they don't make it unsafe for deliveries of that business.”
    • “Cyclists could access restaurants and shops, improve merchant's business, and have a viable north south route.”
    • “Why should our tax dollars go to support cycling? What percent of the population actually cycles?”
    • “The roads are for cars. Bikes don’t need insurance but if they hit us people in vehicles we are responsible.”
    • “I think an improvement in safe cycling routes would encourage more families and other cyclists in general to choose cycling rather than driving. The weather and terrain in this city is very cycling friendly.”
    • “Commuting cycling is a GREAT economical way to get exercise and leads to a physically, mentally and financially happier community! Especially with the increase in E-Bike use, a protected bike lane would be well used IMO!”
    • “The snow and ice control be carried out as a pilot project for two years, identifying if cyclists are using the routes, and a cost : benefit analysis; the usage would be ranked, with the highest use routes continuing with regular snow clearing and ice control.”
  • Pedal Penticton event kicks off lake-to-lake route engagement

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    26 August, 2019

    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

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    14 June, 2019

    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.