Penticton's brief commute

Penticton enjoys one of the lowest average commutes to work in B.C., according to new census data released this week.

A typical resident spends 16.3 minutes travelling to work, one-way.

When compared to Vancouver’s average of 29.7 minutes, that means Penticton workers have an average of 4.7 days of extra time on their hands every year.

Looking up the valley to Kelowna, the average commute is 19.8 minutes, which is still below the national (26.2) and B.C. (25.9) averages.

The only communities in B.C. with a shorter commute than Penticton are Powell River, Salmon Arm, Terrace, Dawson Creek and Prince Rupert.

Penticton also ranks in the top five least car dependent areas in B.C., with 83.2 per cent of people driving to work, behind Vancouver (69.3 per cent), Victoria (69.8 per cent) and Nelson (75.9 per cent).

However, a measly 330 people — 1.8 per cent of Penticton commuters — take public transit to work. 10.2 per cent walk, while 4.7 per cent bike or use other methods.

In Kelowna, just 4.5 per cent of people walk to work.

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