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.

Questions about the plan to identify the lake-to-lake? Submit them here where they can be shared with your neighbors. Depending on the amount of detail in the response, staff will aim to answer the question within 48 hours.

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  • Is there any plan to enter into a partnership with PIB to resurface and upgrade the cycle path on the west side of the Okanagan River Channel, that's a lovely ride but quite rough and broken up in parts. If the surface was smooth all the way from lake to lake that would be a very nice project.

    Nigel asked 29 days ago

    We often hear this suggestion and are keen to work with the Penticton Indian Band to improve the path. Our focus with this project is on a route that will support cycling to major destinations in the city. The channel path is great for recreation but does not meet the needs of the urban cyclists.

  • How much will it cost?

    6 days ago

    The cost of the bike route will not be determined until the preferred option is selected early next year.


  • Will we lose parking? Travel lanes?

    6 days ago

    We may need to remove on street parking and travel lanes in some sections. With innovations in bike lane design, these impacts are becoming less.


  • Why not use the channel?

    6 days ago

    The channel is great for recreational users but does not meet the need of the urban cyclists to commute to work or reach major destinations in the city. It is also not on City land.


  • Is South Main Street bike lane going to be reconfigured for a more secure bike lane or left the way it is for easy access out of town riding?

    Daniel asked about 1 month ago

    The current configuration of the bike lane on South Main will remain the same pending the outcome of the lake-to-lake route work. 

  • How can I expand the proposed route map to more clearly see streets involved and BTW - why not a legend.... what do the blue yellow and red lines signify....I found it very confusing on line and was unable to attend the event last weekend.

    llaurie asked 2 months ago

    There is not a proposed route map yet. The image you see is of the planned cycling network that was developed in 2012. It identifies a corridor (shaded green) where the lake-to-lake route will likely be located within for context. The consultants are currently conducting a technical analysis of the streets within this corridor to identify options for an all ages and abilities bike lane between the lakes. We expect to present the options to the community later in October. This link will take you to the complete 2012 Cycling Update Plan which includes the map at the back.

  • Where is a map with street names for the proposed route?

    Kit asked 2 months ago

    A technical analysis is currently being conducted to identify options for the route that will be discussed with the community. We expect to be able to present the options in late October. 

  • Is there a plan to connect West Bench area with lake to lake route?

    Alex asked 2 months ago

    Any trails in West Bench would be determined by the RDOS. It would be possible for cyclists coming from West Bench to connect with the lake-to-lake route via Lakeshore Drive.

  • Will any area close to Government st be part of the proposed bike route?

    Terry O'Riordon asked 2 months ago

    The goal of the lake-to-lake route is to create a 'spine' that would enable connections to major destinations as well as with the existing route on Government St. The current network plan includes connections to Government at Lakeshore, Wade, Eckhardt, Duncan and Warren. The proposed network in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update can be viewed here.