Transportation Safety

Columbia Elementary School Traffic Calming Open House

See below for the open house presentation and display boards from the December 5, 2016 meeting.

Transportation Safety and Traffic Calming

Transportation Safety affects all road users including motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.  The City is continually investing in infrastructure (sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, intersection improvements, and traffic calming works) to make transportation safer within the City. 

Issues related to Transportation Safety for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users can include, but are not limited to, intersection improvements, traffic signals, signage, lane markings, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, speeding, parking, shortcutting and sightlines.  Traffic Calming issues are typically related to speeding, high traffic volumes, and shortcutting on local residential roads. 

If you have a traffic concern or would like to request traffic calming for your neighbourhood, please familiarize yourself with our Transportation Safety Policy [PDF - 15.2 MB].   You can download and fill out the Request Form [PDF - 206 KB].  If you would like to request traffic calming for your neighbourhood, don’t forget to include your completed Petition Form [PDF - 68 KB].  Requests for traffic calming in an Elementary School Zone or Playground Zone do not require a petition form.

How to make a request for traffic calming or submit a traffic concern:

Step 1:  Fill out and submit a Request Form [PDF - 209 KB](and Petition Form [PDF - 68 KB] if requesting traffic calming for your neighborhood).  Send it to engineering@penticton.ca or by fax 250 490 2557 or drop off to the City Yards at 616 Okanagan Ave East.

Step 2:  We identify the problem and collect data relating to the concern.  For traffic calming requests, the area must meet the traffic calming criteria as set by the Transportation Safety Policy [PDF - 15.2 MB].   At the end of the review, we will contact you with the result.

Step 3:  We develop a Transportation Safety Plan or Traffic Calming Plan.

Step 4:  For Traffic Calming Plans, we will hold a public consultation and conduct a survey of affected residents as well as residents that live in the affected area.   At least 40% of the residents in the affected area need to complete the survey and at least 60% of the survey respondents need to be in support of the proposed Traffic Calming Plan.  Traffic Calming requests for roads in Elementary School Zones or Playground Zones are exempt from this criterion.  Transportation Safety Plans will not go through the public review process unless the plan significantly affects nearby residents.

Step 5:  We arrange design and funding.  Depending on budget available, we will develop construction plans of the highest priority Transportation Safety and Traffic Calming projects for the current year.  The remainder of the projects will be kept on a continuously updated priority list for future consideration.

Step 6:  We install the Transportation Safety or Traffic Calming measures.

If you have any questions regarding transportation safety, please contact us at engineering@penticton.ca

Some recent examples of traffic calming projects are:  

  

Parkway Elementary School (Temporary Works) 2014