Rails with Trails Phase Two
Rails with Trails is a paved, off-road multi-use pathway located parallel to Clement Avenue in central Kelowna. The pathway offers residents and visitors a safe and accessible pathway that is ideal for walking, in-line skating, commuter and recreational cycling.
The first phase was constructed in 2008 and runs from Gordon Drive to Spall Road.
Phase Two of Rails with Trails will extend the first phase of the pathway an additional 1.5 kilometres east from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive. Construction on this phase began in August 2013, and is scheduled to be complete in the Spring of 2014.
Contractor: Arterra Construction Ltd
Engineering Consultant: Associated Engineering
This phase is key to the overall pathway as it connects to Kelowna’s expansive network of recreational pathways and works towards a continuous 19.5 kilometre loop of off-road pathways within Kelowna’s urban centre. It will link employment areas to where people live and connect to neighbourhoods, town centres and a vast number of recreational amenities.
The pathway is ultimately envisioned to extend from the downtown cultural district to UBC Okanagan Campus, the Kelowna International Airport and beyond to service regions further to the north.
Once complete, it will allow active travelers an uninterrupted, safe and enjoyable journey from downtown Kelowna through to the north Okanagan.
Rails with Trails is identified in the City’s 2030 Official Community Plan and is the City’s highest priority corridor in the Regional Active Transportation Plan. This long-range document envisions 88 kilometres of fully separated cycling and pedestrian paths throughout the Central Okanagan and supports the City's goals of providing sustainable transportation networks that promote active living and reduce harmful emissions
On March 15, 2013, funding was announced for Phase Two of the Rails with Trails pathway. The Government of Canada is providing $1.46 million through the Gas Tax Fund and the Government of British Columbia is providing $1.52 million through Bike BC toward this nearly $3 million cycling infrastructure project.
Rails with Trails route design sketch - Spall to Dilworth Rails with Trails route highlights - Spall to Hwy 33
By-pass multi-modal corridor drawing - Spall to Hwy 33
Future active transportation 19 km loop
Active Transportation Corridors
Feasibility Study (2002)
Regional Active Transportation Master Plan (2012)
Regional Projects Manger