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Summit-Downtown Connection Advances Kamloops’ Active Transportation Network

Summit-Downtown Connection Advances Kamloops’ Active Transportation Network

January 15, 2021 at 9:04 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops is moving forward with a project that will support a continuous north-south bicycle route from Aberdeen to Batchelor Heights and create key connections in the City’s active transportation network. The Summit-Downtown Active Transportation Connection completes the links on either end of the Xget’tem’ Trail to create a continuous route from the top of Summit Drive to the Lansdowne Transit Exchange. 

This project includes two components. The Summit Multi-Use Path is a 3 m-wide, separated pathway with lighting upgrades and traffic signal installation that will connect the south end (top) of the Xget’tem’ Trail at Notre Dame Drive to the Summit Drive bike lane at Whiteshield Crescent South. The north end of the Xget’tem’ Trail will be connected to the Lansdowne Transit Exchange via Kamloops’ first two-way protected bike lane along 6th Avenue. 

The protected 6th Avenue Bike Lane is a substantial upgrade to a proposed painted bike lane on 5th Avenue, which was identified in the Transportation Master Plan as a priority, and includes several improvements between Columbia Street and Lansdowne Street. 

“We have studied the traffic volumes and growth projections on 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue in consideration of current use and future growth needs,” said Purvez Irani, the City’s Transportation Manager. “The width of 6th Avenue allows us to create a safe cycling environment for all ages and abilities (AAA) while connecting to our transit system with very minimal impacts to traffic or parking.” 

Traffic on 6th Avenue will be reduced to two lanes (one lane in each direction) to construct a two-way, separated, all ages and abilities bike facility, improve transit shelters, construct left turn lanes, and complete other beautification upgrades.

 Interested residents are invited to provide feedback on this project via the project page at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Summit-Downtown or by attending a virtual information session on January 25, at 4:00 pm. The link for this session will be provided on the Let’s Talk page. 

The Transportation Master Plan outlines several future projects to create a safe and convenient bicycle network for existing and new cyclists to travel across the city for commuting or recreational trips. Future phases of this network include multi-use pathways between Batchelor Heights and the Rivers Trail and between Summit Drive and Aberdeen Drive. 

This project is currently scheduled for construction in 2022; however, staff will be requesting Council’s authorization on January 26 to apply for a recently announced grant program that would allow these projects to be completed this year and expedite construction of future phases, such as the Batchelor Heights multi-use path. The deadline for the grant application is January 27, 2021. 

To learn more about the Downtown-Summit Active Transportation Connection and subscribe for updates, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Summit-Downtown.

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