Summit-Downtown Active Transportation Connection

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The Summit-Downtown Active Transportation Connection project consists of two segments: the Summit Drive Multi-use Pathway (MUP) and 6th Avenue Bike Lane. The two components are key active transportation connections in supporting a continuous north-south bicycle route from Aberdeen to Westsyde, and will serve as important links connecting Upper Sahali and downtown to the existing Xget'tem' Trail. This Connection is part of the overall North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor project, which aims to build out a core bike network in Kamloops, connecting infrastructure and pathways from Aberdeen through downtown to the North Shore and Westsyde.

Summit MUP

This 850-metre multi-use path joins dedicated bike lanes on Summit Drive at Whiteshield Crescent South with the Xget'tem' Trail multi-use path starting at Notre Dame Drive, which travels through Peterson Creek Nature Park to downtown. Lighting and traffic signals within the project also support public feedback for improved pedestrian safety in this high traffic area.

This section of the project would include:

  • 3 m wide multi-use path from Notre Dame Drive to Whiteshield Cres South
  • 2 m brick separation strip with trees, lighting upgrades, and curb letdowns
  • highway on-ramp traffic signal on Summit Drive at the TCH on-ramp heading east
  • Smart Right Turn Channel at Highway 1 on-ramp for improved traffic safety
  • Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) at Whiteshield Cres for pedestrian crossing safety

6th Avenue Bike Lane

The 6th Avenue bike lane will be a separated, fully protected two-way bike lane designed to AAA (all ages and abilities) standards; the first of its kind in Kamloops. It will run from Columbia Street to Lansdowne Street, allowing cyclists to travel in both directions from the Lansdowne Bus Exchange to the hospital area and Peterson Creek Park, including Xget'tem' Trail, which has served almost 70,000 users per year since opening in 2018. The bike lane will be physically separated from vehicle traffic via a concrete median on the east side of 6th Avenue, which will require a redesign of the roadway, reducing the vehicle travel lanes from four to two, with dedicated left turn lanes at Columbia Street, Victoria Street, and Lansdowne Street. It will also include improved transit infrastructure and pedestrian safety enhancements.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies several strategic directives towards achieving safe active transportation. Themes that emerged through comprehensive public engagement included the need to improve and connect active transportation networks for pedestrians and cyclists in existing neighbourhoods, and maintain or increase investment in cycling, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure. More than half of public participants (54%) said that if they could, they would like to use cycling more as a means of getting around Kamloops, and 51% said that safer bicycle routes and a more connected bicycle route network are needed for them to bicycle more often.

The Summit-Downtown Connection project addresses the TMP goals by providing a continuous network of safe and direct bicycle routes with dedicated bicycle lanes, separated bikeways, shared routes, and multi-use pathways that enable residents to connect between neighbourhood centres, major employment areas, schools, and amenities. The Summit MUP extension from Whiteshield Crescent to Notre Dame Drive, was identified as a short-term priority within the TMP, and the 5th Avenue Bike Lane (proposed relocation to 6th Avenue) is a medium-term priority.

The City is taking advantage of COVID-19 resilience grant opportunities to fast track important active transportation infrastructure and enhanced outdoor spaces so residents may safely enjoy the community, while protecting the environment and being active outside. The Summit-Downtown Connection project qualifies for these grant opportunities. If grant funding is secured, both sections of the project will be constructed in 2021.

Like this idea? Have concerns? Share your feedback below, or feel free to ask us a question!

The Summit-Downtown Active Transportation Connection project consists of two segments: the Summit Drive Multi-use Pathway (MUP) and 6th Avenue Bike Lane. The two components are key active transportation connections in supporting a continuous north-south bicycle route from Aberdeen to Westsyde, and will serve as important links connecting Upper Sahali and downtown to the existing Xget'tem' Trail. This Connection is part of the overall North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor project, which aims to build out a core bike network in Kamloops, connecting infrastructure and pathways from Aberdeen through downtown to the North Shore and Westsyde.

Summit MUP

This 850-metre multi-use path joins dedicated bike lanes on Summit Drive at Whiteshield Crescent South with the Xget'tem' Trail multi-use path starting at Notre Dame Drive, which travels through Peterson Creek Nature Park to downtown. Lighting and traffic signals within the project also support public feedback for improved pedestrian safety in this high traffic area.

This section of the project would include:

  • 3 m wide multi-use path from Notre Dame Drive to Whiteshield Cres South
  • 2 m brick separation strip with trees, lighting upgrades, and curb letdowns
  • highway on-ramp traffic signal on Summit Drive at the TCH on-ramp heading east
  • Smart Right Turn Channel at Highway 1 on-ramp for improved traffic safety
  • Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) at Whiteshield Cres for pedestrian crossing safety

6th Avenue Bike Lane

The 6th Avenue bike lane will be a separated, fully protected two-way bike lane designed to AAA (all ages and abilities) standards; the first of its kind in Kamloops. It will run from Columbia Street to Lansdowne Street, allowing cyclists to travel in both directions from the Lansdowne Bus Exchange to the hospital area and Peterson Creek Park, including Xget'tem' Trail, which has served almost 70,000 users per year since opening in 2018. The bike lane will be physically separated from vehicle traffic via a concrete median on the east side of 6th Avenue, which will require a redesign of the roadway, reducing the vehicle travel lanes from four to two, with dedicated left turn lanes at Columbia Street, Victoria Street, and Lansdowne Street. It will also include improved transit infrastructure and pedestrian safety enhancements.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies several strategic directives towards achieving safe active transportation. Themes that emerged through comprehensive public engagement included the need to improve and connect active transportation networks for pedestrians and cyclists in existing neighbourhoods, and maintain or increase investment in cycling, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure. More than half of public participants (54%) said that if they could, they would like to use cycling more as a means of getting around Kamloops, and 51% said that safer bicycle routes and a more connected bicycle route network are needed for them to bicycle more often.

The Summit-Downtown Connection project addresses the TMP goals by providing a continuous network of safe and direct bicycle routes with dedicated bicycle lanes, separated bikeways, shared routes, and multi-use pathways that enable residents to connect between neighbourhood centres, major employment areas, schools, and amenities. The Summit MUP extension from Whiteshield Crescent to Notre Dame Drive, was identified as a short-term priority within the TMP, and the 5th Avenue Bike Lane (proposed relocation to 6th Avenue) is a medium-term priority.

The City is taking advantage of COVID-19 resilience grant opportunities to fast track important active transportation infrastructure and enhanced outdoor spaces so residents may safely enjoy the community, while protecting the environment and being active outside. The Summit-Downtown Connection project qualifies for these grant opportunities. If grant funding is secured, both sections of the project will be constructed in 2021.

Like this idea? Have concerns? Share your feedback below, or feel free to ask us a question!

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  • Forum - 6th Avenue Bike Lane

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    The 6th Avenue bike lane will be a separated, fully protected two-way bike lane designed to AAA (all ages and abilities) standards; the first of its kind in Kamloops. It will run from Columbia Street to Lansdowne Street, allowing cyclists to travel in both directions from the Lansdowne Bus Exchange to the hospital area and Peterson Creek Park, including Xget'tem' Trail, which has served almost 70,000 users per year since opening in 2018. The bike lane will be physically separated from vehicle traffic via a concrete median on the east side of 6th Avenue, which will require a redesign of the roadway, reducing the vehicle travel lanes from four to two, with dedicated left turn lanes at Columbia Street, Victoria Street, and Lansdowne Street. It will also include improved transit infrastructure and pedestrian safety enhancements.

    Example design of the 6th Avenue Separated Bike Lane at mid-block. For more design drawings click here.

    Please feel free to discuss the project, share your feedback, or ask us a question using this forum. 

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    This 850-metre multi-use path joins dedicated bike lanes on Summit Drive at Whiteshield Crescent with the Xget'tem' Trail multi-use path starting at Notre Dame Drive, which travels through Peterson Creek Nature Park to downtown. Lighting and traffic signals within the project also support public feedback for improved pedestrian safety in this high traffic area.

    This section of the project would include:

    • 3 m wide multi-use path from Notre Dame Drive to Whiteshield Cres South
    • 2 m brick separation strip with trees, lighting upgrades, and curb letdowns
    • highway on-ramp traffic signal on Summit Drive at the TCH on-ramp heading east
    • Smart Right Turn Channel at Highway 1 on-ramp for improved traffic safety
    • Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) at Whiteshield Cres for pedestrian crossing safety

    Below is a snapsnot of the proposed design for the Summit Multi-use Pathway. More designs can be found by clicking here

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