Bike paths eyed by NORD

The conflict between motorists and pedestrians could eventually be alleviated along a busy road.

The conflict between motorists and pedestrians could eventually be alleviated along a busy road.

The North Okanagan Regional District is investigating whether gas tax revenue from senior government can be used to construct a walking/cycling corridor on Silver Star Road.

“There are lots of bikes and running along the road but it’s not safe,” said director Mike Macnabb.

The concept has been proposed by the Silver Star Property Owners Association.

“They’ve paid into parks through development cost charges for years and we have a difficulty providing something to them because they live in a provincial park,” said Macnabb.

“This is an opportunity to give them something.”

A price tag for the project has not been determined, and it’s not even known how long the potential route would be between the Foothills subdivision in Vernon and Silver Star Mountain Resort.

At least one board member is concerned that a path along Silver Star Road could set a precedent.

“There are other roads that people are walking along and are we going to do them as well?” said director Mike Gavinchuk.

Directors have agreed to spend $53,544 in gas tax revenue on water quality monitoring on the lower Shuswap River.

That money will come out of the $250,000 already allocated for the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.