The City is preparing to finalize the draft design of the final section of the Lake-to-Lake Route, which extends along South Main St. from Galt Ave to the end at Skaha Lake Park. A feedback form is now available to fill out at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. As Council has made the decision to complete the bike route and meet the 'all ages and abilities standard', the focus of the engagement will be on gathering feedback on features of the design not required to meet the standard such as where to locate parking pockets, pedestrian crossings, rain gardens and street trees.
For the latest information involving the Point Intersection group of projects, visit the City's Point Intersection Construction webpage.
About the Project
The Lake-to-Lake Route is a 6.7 km protected bike lane through the centre of the city intended to make cycling convenient and safe for residents of all ages and abilities. The route was identified following a two-year consultation process. Currently, 3.8 km of the route is complete and 650 metres will be completed in 2023 as part of the Point Intersection project. The final section is planned to commence in 2024.
The complete cycling route is estimated to cost up to $8 million. This estimate includes all costs associated with the separated bike lanes, intersection and sidewalk improvements, as well as storm system alterations along the route. To date, the City has received $1 million from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP), $750,000 from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), $500,000 from a B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant, and used $1.8 million from the Canada Community-Building Fund to offset the costs of the project. This brings the total provincial and federal funding received for the project to $4.05 million, and the City continues to apply for applicable grants as they become available. The project is also eligible to benefit from the Roads & Highways Development Cost Charges Reserve, which has contributed $0.5 million to the route.
Once complete, the route will be the spine in the City’s cycling network and a key part of the City’s shift to a complete transportation system that supports all modes of transportation, helps meet environmental objectives and uses infrastructure wisely.
Frequently Asked Questions
The City has received a number of questions about the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Email email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
Watch for these Changes along the Route
Building the Bike Route in Waves
The following is a summary of the key activities that take place to build the bike route.