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The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan outlines a commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020. As part of this commitment, we've been increasing the attractiveness, convenience and safety of different active transportation modes. The City has been designing streets to serve a broader range of transportation modes, focusing on pedestrians, cyclists and transit service.

At one time in Kelowna history, our community was mostly rural with sparsely distributed land use that encouraged the need for vehicles. To encourage walking within the City, more walking facilities such as sidewalks, crosswalks and shared pathways are being developed. We've also been adding accessibility features to make walking an easy choice for everyone, this includes ramps, audible signals and countdown timers. This helps promote an active and healthy lifestyle among current and future generations.  

Sidewalk projects provide convenient and safer walking areas for all types of pedestrians connecting to important destinations such as schools, parks, shops and jobs. Given our limited resources, the projects are prioritized and selected based on:

  • Walking potential (type/mix/density of land use, proximity to destinations such as schools/parks/ employment and the extent of public support)
  • Walking deficiency (collision risk, traffic speed, traffic volume, road width/length and public complaints). 

A large number of projects have been planned for the next several years. For a list of current sidewalk construction projects visit the Capital Construction Map. There are also a number of pathways in Kelowna that make getting around even easier.

Walking Benefits

  • Regular exercise leads to improved health
  • Improved air quality and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Decreased congestion with less cars meaning less traffic on the roads
  • Creation of a community-oriented environment


Visit the Central Okanagan's smartTRIPS website for more health benefits and tips on walking.

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