“Share Love in Widespread Methods:” Metropolis of Kelowna

The City of Kelowna encourages residents to “share love in common ways.”

With the increasing popularity of outdoor recreational activities, the city is reminding residents to take the time to look out for each other when out and about on busy communal walkways.

Since March 2020, Kelowna’s Paths have seen an influx of people looking to connect safely, stay active, and commute.

“The city has seen growth since March last year […] on routes like the Okanagan Rail Trail and the Waterfront Pathway, ”said Matt Worona, new mobility specialist.

“We ask everyone to be mindful – especially on common paths – so that everyone, regardless of age or ability, feels comfortable and safe.”

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<p dir=The City of Kelowna lists some general rules for common trails:

  • Users should be attentive, heard, and predictable.

  • Slow down and warn people when you pass.

  • Keep to the right and continue to the left.

  • Get off the path if you need to stop.

  • Check forwards and backwards before crossing a path.

  • Groups should be courteous and allow other path users enough space to pass.

  • If you are a pedestrian, avoid using designated bike lanes to ensure a smoother flow of traffic.

Kelowna has more than 35 kilometers of paved shared paths that are open to a wide variety of users such as pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and rollerblade, e-bike, or e-scooter users.

“The city is working to improve safety through infrastructure design, signage, and programming, and ultimately it is up to our community to move around safely and considerately,” Worona said.

To learn more, visit kelowna.ca/onthemove.

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