Benefits of active transportation

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By choosing active transportation (walking, cycling, using transit and carpooling), you save money, get active & improve our local environment.

 Did you know?

  • Kelowna residents are On the Move with +70 km of off-road pathways including Mission Creek Greenway, +412 km of sidewalks and walkways and 280 km of bike lanes available.
  • Stats Canada reports that Kelowna’s to work cycling and walking mode shares are 3.0% and 5.6% respectively = above average in BC.         
  • The City currently has a pilot project to monitor pedestrian and bicycle activity around the downtown core. The live count data can be viewed via this  Pedestrian & Bicycle Count Data public web page.

Why is this important?

Traditional transportation strategies addressed traffic and infrastructure concerns by constructing more roads. It has been recognized that this strategy offers only short-term success as population growth and demand for roads increase at an exponential rate. Local, provincial and federal funding is limited and unable to support the future demand for transportation infrastructure. This affects us as residents as we bear the costs to maintain and build infrastructure, and the negative environmental and social impacts. 

By supporting all transportation options and improving our sustainable transportation systems, we can encourage and facilitate different travel choices and reduce the need for road space.