Gearing up for cycling season

March 20, 2017
Public service announcement

With street sweeping underway, more Kelowna residents will be jumping on their bikes for their commute.

Residents choose to cycle for a variety of reasons: it’s a great way to get around, in fact for trips under five kilometres bikes are usually faster than cars; it’s an easy way to fit in your daily exercise and stay in shape, plus cycling boosts your mood and overall health. Jumping on your bike is also better for the environment than driving a car and fewer cars on the road means less traffic and better air quality for everyone

People driving motor vehicles are asked to be more aware of other road users and share the road, obey posted speed limits, check blind spots before turning and look for people on bikes before opening doors to exit parked vehicles. People on bikes have the right of way in a bike lane and drivers must yield to bikes. Parking and driving in bike lanes throughout Kelowna is not permitted and drivers should be mindful of this so they are not putting bike riders at risk.

In the spring, children experience the independence and joy of going to and from school on foot or by bike. Extra caution should be taken when driving in school zones, which are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days.

The City of Kelowna is currently sweeping all bike lanes and most roadways. To make riding safer and more enjoyable, bike lanes in Kelowna are swept several times during the spring and summer.

This year, Bike to Work and School Week is May 29 to June 4 and encourages students, families, teams and individuals to ride their bikes to and from school or work. The fun community event includes daily Celebration Stations with free breakfast, prizes and games, plus the opportunity to meet fellow cyclists and enjoy being active in our beautiful city. 

For more information, visit www.kelowna.ca/roads-transportation/active-transportation