Bike Plan Launch and Presentation

Date: May 31, 2012 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)

The City of Penticton is launching its bike plan consultation this month with help from an internationally renowned expert in cycling and creating bike-friendly cities.

Andreas Rohl, the manager of the City of Copenhagen's bicycle program called the “Cykelsekretariat,” will join the City of Penticton on May 31 for a day of activities designed to foster dialogue and discussion about what the cycling community would like to see as part of the Penticton bike plan.

In 2011, Council authorized staff to proceed with an extensive public and stakeholder consultation process to finalize and implement an updated cycling plan. Directed by the Transportation Advisory Committee, the process has been undertaken by City staff and Urban Systems, a leading edge consultancy firm that has worked with municipalities like Vancouver to plan cycling infrastructure. In a comprehensive report, Urban Systems identified a list of stakeholders interested in cycling amenities and a draft plan was created in advance of public consultation.

The launch of the public consultation process for Penticton's bike plan is scheduled to take place during Bike to Work Week, May 28 to June 1. Sneak peek previews will be available during all the celebration station events held Monday through Wednesday, with the launch scheduled on Thursday, May 31.

Andreas will join City of Penticton staff during a workshop with invited stakeholders like the Penticton Area Cycling Association, and in the evening, he will give a free presentation to the community at the South Okanagan Events Centre from 5:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. Everyone is invited.

Consultation will be ongoing through to July, and the draft will be revised based on that feedback. By August, the finalized draft of the plan will be brought back to Council for approval. Residents and stakeholders are invited to give input throughout the process, which they can send to bikeplan@penticton.ca.

For information about the bike plan, visit www.penticton.ca/bikeplan. Check back to the site regularly for updates and online surveys. For information about Bike to Work Week, visit www.biketowork.ca/penticton.