Final week to share feedback on Abbott active transportation corridor
The City is exploring ways to deliver active transportation projects faster using quick-build infrastructure. The Abbott Street corridor is one area being considered for this approach and would include interim materials, such as delineator posts, rubber curbs and/or planter boxes, installed on existing street space.
Through an online survey, open until June 6, the City is looking for public feedback that will inform the design of the proposed Abbott Active Transportation Corridor (ATC) extension and other potential quick-build active transportation projects in Kelowna. Residents are invited to complete the survey at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/abbott-atc by June 6.
A safe and functional network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities is an important part of a balanced transportation network, and the City recognizes the increasing popularity of the Abbott ATC. However, delivering future active transportation projects – such as extending the Abbott ATC using permanent infrastructure to match the existing corridor design – requires long-term planning and budgeting to balance investments in infrastructure for today and into the future.
As a short-term, low-cost solution to respond to growing use, the proposed quick-build infrastructure on Abbott Street would allow the City to extend the corridor further and sooner than currently scheduled in its 10-Year Capital Plan. Accelerating improvements using this approach will create a safe and comfortable biking facility for people of all ages and abilities.
Construction of the quick-build Abbott ATC, southward from KGH, is anticipated to start in 2022, pending budget approval. Project information and the survey are available online at getinvolved.kelowa.ca/abbott-atc.