Key Activity Centres
Where We Go (South/West)
Peachland and West Kelowna’s town centres generate significant travel by all modes. Active mode connections across the highway are important in these areas. The Town Centre, commercial zone and commercial/industrial district in West Kelowna are major travel generators. Good pedestrian access to transit will help to provide travel choices. See Map 7 for information on key SouthWest activity centres and pedestrian connectors.
Where We Go (North/East)
The majority of travel generators east of Okanagan Lake are located around Kelowna’s core area, along the extensive commercial strip and industrial zone, as well as the airport and UBCO. See Map 8 for information on key NorthWest activity centres and pedestrian connectors.
Where We’re Being Held Up (South/West)
With the concentration of activity centres on the Highway 97 corridor and few alternative routes, the greatest congestion is around these activity destinations. The influence of commuter/employment travel patterns is much higher in the afternoon peak hour. For example, a trip from Elk Road to west of Glencoe Road at 5 a.m. takes two minutes and 48 seconds. In the afternoon peak (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.), it takes more than 5 minutes. See Map 9 for information on key SouthWest congestion areas.
Where We’re Being Held Up (North/East)
Highway 97 through Kelowna is congested. During afternoon peak hours, trips by vehicles through downtown Kelowna take more than 50% longer than during most non-peak hours. See Map 10 for information on key NorthWest congestion areas.
Even more pronounced than in West Kelowna, the concentration of activity centres on the main route results in the greatest congestion around these destinations. This is reflected in long travel times in both directions in the afternoon peak hour. For example, a trip from east of Water Street to west of Leckie Road that takes four minutes and 42 seconds at 5 a.m. will take ten minutes during the peak hour of 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., or more than twice as long. The corresponding southbound trip in the same afternoon peak hour takes nearly nine minutes.