Traffic patterns typically fall into three major categories:
- Urban – notable AM and PM peaks with sustained high trafﬁc volumes during the day.
- Suburban – very pronounced AM and PM peaks, with lower trafﬁc mid-day and high Saturday trafﬁc.
- Non-Urban / Rural – no notable peak hours, trafﬁc builds in the morning, then stays steady through the day.
All three categories exist on the Highway 97 corridor in the Central Okanagan. Map 3 includes Traffic Volumes.
The effects of summer traffic are more pronounced in the rural areas, as the growth of the urban areas has created a higher proportion of local traffic throughout the day, year-round.
|South of Vernon||Typical suburban pattern, indicating importance of commuting||AM and PM peaks are present but higher tourist traffic means volumes continue to build through the day|
|Lake Country||Typical suburban pattern; peak volumes are about half of Kelowna||AM and PM peaks are slightly higher than Fall/Winter/Spring; mid-day volumes are considerably higher|
|Kelowna||Typical urban pattern, high commuter influence||Summer traffic volumes are slightly higher|
|West Kelowna/WFN||Typical suburban pattern||Traffic builds steadily through the morning and stays high all day|
|Peachland||Peak hours are later in the AM and earlier in the PM than most urban areas||Summer volumes are considerably higher than the rest of the year|
|South of Peachland||Typical non-urban patterns||Summer traffic is much higher than the rest of the year (37% higher)|