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.


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.


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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    Why are bicycles not required to be registered?

    Witzanp asked 3 months ago

    Different cities have different reasons for not requiring bicycles to be registered. One of the most common reasons is that the expense of administering the program outweighs the revenue it can generate.  

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    How are the number of cyclists in Penticton determined and what is the number of current cyclists in the city.

    Witzanp asked 3 months ago

    A random sample survey of the 5,000 members of our shapeyourcitypenticton.ca database showed that 43% of Penticton residents describe themselves as current cyclists. 

    If Council decides to move forward with this route, there is an opportunity to do proper bicycle trip counts as they did in Calgary. They saw a 47% increase in bicycle trips downtown in the three years after they built their new cycle track with trips increasing from 12,304 in 2015 to 18,117 in 2018.

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    If I own a business on one of the purposed all ages all abilities routes will CtQ Consultant or Drdul Community Transportation Planning visit me personally to get my feed back on the purposed routes in my area?

    Danielg asked 6 months ago

    Hi there, We're still finalizing details of the next phase of engagement. Initial thinking is that we will send letters to all property owners / tenants along the streets that are preferred options and give them an opportunity to be part of a focus group conversation as we iron out the details. Please feel free to email me (JoAnne) directly at getconnected@penticton.ca to discuss further. 

    UPDATED: I would also offer that given the number of properties along the route, property owners and occupants have a responsibility to stay informed and get involved when the opportunity arises. 


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    I've been riding my bike around Penticton for many years. I ride down the channel from lake to lake. I find by skaha the crossover to the beach area is difficult. I find riding beside cars in a retirement and tourist city dangerous. The channel is beautiful and safe. I return to downtown via south main, then Dawson, up to government which has a bike Lane. Penticton should improve intersections on this route as well as implement cross overs on Warren, industrial, green avenue and implement places safe to Park your bike. Work something out with PIB I'm sure if we offer to maintain the bike path they would let us use their channel. Also the choices of streets are definitely not scenic and who wants to ride down these busy residential, commercial streets? Penticton has beautiful scenic routes we should use these first and enjoy the ride.

    Shelly asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The main purpose of this route is to act as a 'spine' for the cycling network making it possible for cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride safely to major destinations across the city. The channel is a beautiful route for recreational riders but does not support cycling as a form of transportation. 

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    This is NOT a question persay, as much as its' a personal comment: I've lived here since 1963 (retired nurse from PRH)…..this city is GROWING, but it cannot grow "horizontally" only vertical DUE TO SPACE ! Penticton does not have a lot of room as it is with traffic and now you want to compound that congestion by eliminating space to accommodate a very small percentage of bicylists on a seasonal basis ? Has City Hall lost its' sense and direction ? One of Pentictons' latest disasters is the intersection on Martin & Echardt…...incorporating bike lanes has choked that MAJOR ARTERY and makes it more difficult for larger vehicles to turn.....more traffic is going to cause more problems. Its' absurd to reduce parking downtown without expecting heavier congestion. I stopped bicycling in Penticton when I got hit and dragged on Lakeshore 10 years ago.....a bike lane would not have prevented the accident....we NEED all the vehicle parking we can muster, not PANDER to a small group of enthusiasts...….I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THE IDIOCY of further lane reductions, its' not conducive for growth, either privately or on a commercial business level.

    William55 asked 3 months ago

    Through our technical analysis, we are evaluating the route options based on the impact to parking and number of cross-sections to identify the safest route with the least impact to the neighborhood. We anticipate having to reconfigure some intersections as part of introducing the route. We encourage you to participate in the engagement activities so that you can see what is being considered and share your local knowledge.

    On another note, the provincial government is heavily investing in active transportation including support for cycling because it is good for our health and good for the environment. The introduction of e-bikes is dramatically increasing access to cycling. Support of active transportation will mean some compromises as well as new opportunities. We hope you will get involved in helping identify the best option for the community.

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    If you already have narrowed down the AAA bike route to two possibilities in section #4, have you also narrowed down the routes for section #1, #2 and #3?If so where do I find that information?

    Danielg asked 3 months ago

    We have narrowed down the options for the other sections. These will be shared publicly once we confirm the downtown section. We will then finalize the report and share the preferred options for all four sections with Council before taking them back to the community for further discussion as part of the final phase of engagement.


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    If the Fairford Dr. route is chosen will there still be street parking available for residents & their guests?

    Suzanne Cowan asked 6 months ago

    Hi there,

    I believe a Bicycle Boulevard is being considered for the Fairford Option. Here is a description of what that is. These facilities run adjacent to the existing street parking and can be used on low speed, low volume roads.

    BICYCLE BOULEVARDS on low-volume, lowspeed neighborhood streets where cyclists are comfortable riding in the road and do not require (and might not even use) protected facilities. Traffic calming devices such as speed humps, raised crosswalks and pinch points can be used to create a safer environment for all road users, including cyclists. Bicycle boulevards provide a means of creating a continuous AAA bicycle route at a reasonable cost, with minimal impact to adjacent uses, and which can later be upgraded with protected facilities if and where needed.


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    Can you add the existing bike lanes/routes to the map so it shows how the proposed corridors connect to the existing routes.

    j_tamblyn asked 6 months ago

    This is a really great idea. We will make it happen. 

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    I was at the meeting at the Seniors centre last night. I do have more comments though. The route that goes along Paris street will not work as the street is very narrow as it is. Also there is a need for sidewalks from the Walmart entrance on Green to the Canal parkway(on both sides of Green) before putting in a bike lane. There are two bike routes already in the city and I do not see the need for three, the city is not that large. Not all cyclist obey the road signs I have noticed. When the lanes were closed with detour signs on South Main street this summer, a lot of cyclist ignored the detour signs and rode on the sidewalks. Sarah

    Sarah Grant asked 6 months ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your feedback. It will be included in the process. FYI, the City is planning to do a Transportation Master Plan next year where you will have the opportunity to identify issues such as the need for sidewalks. The TMP is about making transportation in the City inclusive for all modes of travel - walking, cycling, bussing, driving and more. 


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    I am new to cycling in Penticton, but look forward to trying all the lake to lake routes. For the new route that will be done, at the major intersections, will there be stop lights or 4 way stops added? Sarah

    Sarah Grant asked 6 months ago

    As this is the conceptual phase of the project, we do not yet know what specific crossing treatments would be used in each location. That will be determined after a preferred route is selected and will be confirmed when detailed design work is undertaken in the next phase of the project.

    FYI, the importance of crossings and the potential types of crossings are addressed at the bottom of page 2 of the report:

    These AAA facilities can be supplemented with crossing treatments where the bicycle route crosses major roads, to help cyclists cross the road safely, as well as protect cyclists from turning vehicles at an intersection. Examples of crossing treatments include curb extensions, median islands, cyclist-activated signals (Figure 8) and protected intersections (Figure 9). Crossing treatments can often be implemented inexpensively, such as with solar-powered signals.


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    What are the proposed methods for safe crossings of the major streets (ex. Duncan Ave to Atkinson, left of Fairview, across Green Ave. at Paris)? This is a major issue with the existing bike routes (ex. the current crossing at Main Street and Preston Ave).

    Cameron A. asked 6 months ago

    As this is the conceptual phase of the project, we do not yet know what specific crossing treatments would be used in each location. That will be determined after a preferred route is selected and will be confirmed when detailed design work is undertaken in the next phase of the project.

    FYI, the importance of crossings and the potential types of crossings are addressed at the bottom of page 2 of the report:

    These AAA facilities can be supplemented with crossing treatments where the bicycle route crosses major roads, to help cyclists cross the road safely, as well as protect cyclists from turning vehicles at an intersection. Examples of crossing treatments include curb extensions, median islands, cyclist-activated signals (Figure 8) and protected intersections (Figure 9). Crossing treatments can often be implemented inexpensively, such as with solar-powered signals.



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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 8 months 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.

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    How much will it cost?

    7 months ago

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


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    Will we lose parking? Travel lanes?

    7 months 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.


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    Why not use the channel?

    7 months 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.


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    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 8 months 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. 

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    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 9 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.

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

    Kit asked 9 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. 

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

    Alex asked 9 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.

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

    Terry O'Riordon asked 9 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.