Commuter survey proceeds in valley

Vernon and Lake Country have partnered with other valley jurisdictions to conduct a joint regional travel survey starting Monday

Whether it’s to school, work or the grocery store, Okanagan residents make thousands of trips every day.

Vernon and Lake Country have partnered with other valley jurisdictions to conduct a joint regional travel survey starting Monday.

“A survey of this type is key to future transportation and land-use planning decisions throughout the Okanagan,” said Rob Sawatzky, Vernon mayor.

“This snapshot of how people travel day-to-day will help us assess our current and future transportation needs.”

The Okanagan Travel Survey is a household-based survey for all residents of the Central Okanagan and City of Vernon (more than 91,000 households).

Watch your mail over the next few weeks for the survey, or visitwww.oktravelsurvey.ca to find out more.  Households that have opted out of Canada Post’s flyer distribution can register online or call 1-877-778-8220 to receive access codes.

Once information about each household, their family members, and vehicle information is provided, a day will be assigned in which each family member simply logs all the trips they make on a single day.

The information provided will be kept completely confidential and will be reported only in aggregate statistics.

“Having accurate and up-to-date information on the travel patterns of residents will help communities, the Ministry of Transportation and B.C. Transit assess current transportation needs, identify trends and develop transportation strategies and improvements,” said Amanda Watson, Vernon’s municipal transportation engineer.

By participating in the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win one of more than 100 prizes, including a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree, three $1,000 mini-shopping sprees and $5,500 worth of gift cards.

The other participating jurisdictions are Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.