The City of Vernon is making strides towards building a walkable and bike-friendly community.
Since adopting the Official Community Plan in 2008, the city has been constructing walking and cycling infrastructure. Projects constructed in 2017 include Phase 1 of the Kalamalka Lake Road multi-use path and the continuation of improvements on 30th Street.
“Both routes promise to become significant regional and commuter connections as they form a link between the Village Green Centre and the Okanagan Rail Trail through downtown,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. “With the 2017 phases of these two projects complete, Vernon’s cycling network has grown to over 85 kilometres of multi-use paths, trails, and on-road bike lanes.”
Vernon is following the example of many other Canadian cities by investing in facilities that make walking and cycling for everyday trips safer and easier for all ages and abilities.
More walking and cycling trips can help lower carbon emissions, increase physical activity levels, improve public health, reduce automobile dependency, and create more livable and desirable communities.
More exciting projects are coming down the pipeline.
“We are on the cusp of a big change as major connections are planned for our cycling network in the next two years,” said Mund. “You will be able to ride from Coldstream to the Village Green Centre entirely on a separated path.”
Residents who want to learn more about upcoming capital projects, including the next phase of 30th Street improvements, are encouraged to attend the 2018 Capital Projects Open House at the Vernon Recreation Centre (3310 – 37 Avenue) on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Residents and businesses will have the opportunity to the review the capital projects scheduled for 2018 and discuss the designs and impacts with the project teams.
Interested residents and business owners that are not able to attend the meeting and who would like more information regarding a project may contact the infrastructure management department at 250-550-3634 or visit www.vernon.ca/capitalworks.