Plan gains slow traction in Enderby

Efforts to get Enderby area residents out of their vehicles could take time and cost a few bucks

Efforts to get Enderby area residents out of their vehicles could take time and cost a few bucks.

City council has received the Enderby-Splatsin active transportation plan analysis and proceeded with a number of recommendations.

“It’s a to-do list. Some are long-term and some aren’t very viable,” said Howie Cyr, outgoing mayor.

“It’s a really good document and lots of work went into it. To let it sit on a shelf would be a disservice.”

The plan goes beyond Enderby and also includes the Splatsin, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Ministry of Transportation.

Among the multi-jurisdictional proposals are a Highway 97A crosswalk near Sutherland’s Bakery, a path along Waterwheel Street to connect to Tuey Park, a bike path along Enderby-Mabel Lake Road and a paddle route between the Belvidere and the Kildonan boat launches.

The city plans to discuss a number of issues with the Splatsin, including a blocked path along Highway 97A and an interpretative nature trail on the Shuswap River islands.

In terms of items the city has jurisdiction, staff has been asked to review a path on Kate Street, a crossing from Sutherland’s Bakery to Brickyard Road, a mountain bike trail system and turning the CP rail line into a walking/cycling trail.

“Some items may be more expensive than the community can afford,” said Beryl Ludwig, an outgoing councillor.

“There are some good ideas but it could take time for them to move ahead.”

Greg McCune, a current councillor and Enderby’s new mayor, says the city will take action where it can, while the other jurisdictions need to consider the active transportation plan.

“We will keep pushing away with the priority list. Some may be unattainable but others may be more achievable,” said McCune.