The plan references existing plans including the Transportation Master Plan and the Recreation Trails Master Plan.
Stakeholder meetings were held throughout 2014 with various groups including Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, West Kelowna Special Needs Advisory Council, Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society, School District 23, Westbank First Nation and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Through analysis of network gaps, a total of 97 additional segments are required to complete the pedestrian and cycling networks in the City of West Kelowna. The large number of projects requires prioritization to maximize effectiveness and incorporate improvements with other capital plans or projects. Each segment was given a score based on the proximity to active transportation trip generators including transit, schools, community centres, neighbourhood commercial and parks.
A weighting system resulted in a ranked list of projects based on the demand for active transportation with a 20 year investment ranging from $3.5 million to $8 million. The current 10 year capital plan includes an investment of approximately $4 million which will be used to focus on the short term priorities including pedestrian facilities sections located within a 10 minute walking radius to schools.
The recommendations of the report will be added to future budget deliberations.