File photo: Kelly Hayes
File photo: Kelly Hayes

Green coloured bike lanes coming

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Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Wednesday, August 4, the City of Kelowna will be installing green coloured bike lanes at five intersections along Enterprise Way Spall Road, Hardy Street, Cooper Road, Dilworth Road, and Leckie Road.

This project is a trial run for City staff to determine the effectiveness of solid green bike lanes in improving cyclist safety.

“Coloured bike lanes have been found to increase motorists’ awareness of the presence of cyclists, resulting in fewer collisions,” says Transportation and Mobility Manager, Jerry Behl. “This initiative has been used in European cities for many years and has only recently been adopted by North American cities such as Vancouver, Portland, Richmond, and New York.”

The objective of the solid green bike lanes is threefold to emphasize proper lane placement and discourage motorists from encroaching into bike lanes, to encourage safe merging behaviour between cyclists and motorists, and to direct motorists to yield to through cyclists by installing “Turning Vehicles Yield to Cyclists” signs.

Weather permitting, this work is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Friday, August 13.

Two-way traffic will be maintained during line painting. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact on traffic, but motorists should be prepared for delays.

Cyclists are encouraged to use alternate cycling routes until after August 13. Visit i-go.ca for additional information.

To determine the project’s effectiveness, the City of Kelowna will conduct a user experience survey after one year of implementation. Review of the pavement and line paint colour will continue annually.

Material to be applied to the road surface is eco-friendly, highly durable and skid resistant.

The total cost of the project is approximately $26,000. The project is funded in part by ICBC City of Kelowna’s contribution is $15,000.

Visit kelowna.ca/transportation and find the ‘traffic operations’ link for more information on City of Kelowna traffic operation initiatives.

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