To read about the District of West Kelowna's latest traffic calming projects, please see CURRENT INITIATIVES below.
PURPOSE OF TRAFFIC CALMING
As West Kelowna grows the municipality must manage issues related to increased traffic volumes and pattern changes.
The District of West Kelowna endeavors to address traffic issues at the development application stage. However, over time, the creation of new developments in adjacent neighbourhoods or jurisdictions may cause unexpected shifts in traffic flows.
In an effort to address changes in transportation patterns, the municipality may consider traffic calming. Council has adopted a Traffic Calming Policy, which identifies means and methods of determining traffic management options in the municipality:
(Last updated: February 19, 2014)
2014 STUDY AREAS
On January 28, 2014 Council gave early budget approval to allow staff to begin work on traffic calming studies for the Casa Loma, Glenrosa and Pritchard neighbourhoods.
How will the studies work?
The studies are in the early stages, and much work is to be done before the District of West Kelowna will have in hand any strategies, which would contain recommended solutions. Several steps must occur in the creation of the strategy and the development of any recommendations:
District of West Kelowna staff will seek Council approval to hire a consultant to assist in conducting traffic counts and site analyses and identifying possible solutions.
The municipality will host an initial neighbourhood meeting to present initial findings and confirm that the neighbourhood is interested in having a traffic calming strategy created for their area.
If the neighbourhood is interested in the strategy, staff and the consultant will complete study work and develop traffic calming measures to address specific traffic issues identified through study.
Council and community feedback will be sought regarding the final traffic calming measures that are recommended to be included in the strategy.
The final strategy will be presented to Council for direction including possible timelines for budget discussions and construction.
West Kelowna Council is being asked to consider construction of South Boucherie traffic calming initiatives in the 2014 Capital Plan. The initiatives are outlined in a traffic calming strategy developed for the neighbourhood. The final strategy was presented in a report to Council on November 26, 2013:
The strategy was developed in 2013 with assistance from traffic consultants at Boulevard Transportation Group and using feedback from a community meeting held in June, an open house on October 28 and a follow up online survey from October 29 through November 4, 2013. Proposed traffic calming solutions were presented to the community at the October open house and through the online survey:
For more information, on South Boucherie traffic calming measures, please contact the District of West Kelowna's Engineering Department at 778-797-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Kelowna Council is being asked to consider construction of Smith Creek traffic calming initiatives in the 2014 Capital Plan. The initiatives are outlined in a traffic calming strategy developed for the neighbourhood. The final strategy was presented in a report to Council on November 26, 2013:
The strategy was developed in 2013 with assistance from a consultant from Boulevard Transportation Group, a community meeting held in June, an open house hosted on October 2 and an online survey conducted from October 2 to 8, 2013. Proposed traffic calming solutions were presented to the community at the October open house and through the online survey:
For more information on Smith Creek traffic calming measures, please contact the District of West Kelowna's Engineering Department at 778-7979-8840 or email@example.com.
On February 12, 2013, Council endorsed a staff recommendation to reduce the speed limit on Boucherie Road from 60 km/h to 50 km/h, between Highway 97 and Stuart Road, for the following reasons:
In the fall of 2013, the District of West Kelowna constructed traffic calming measures in Shannon Lake as part of the annual Road Rehabilitation and Pedestrian Improvement Programs:
Speed cushions on Auburn Road and on Shannon Ridge Drive in the vicinity of the Shannon Lake Elementary school zone; and,
Curb extensions/bump outs at Shannon Ridge Drive and Shannon Place in the vicinity of the Shannon Lake Elementary school zone.
At the March 12, 2013 meeting, Council directed staff to proceed with the implementation of traffic calming measures in the Shannon Lake neighbourhood.
The District of West Kelowna hired a consultant to conduct a traffic study, which included public consultation. Meetings with residents and documentation regarding traffic speed, intersection activity and sightlines confirmed speeding issues in the Shannon Lake area.
Traffic calming measures will be installed in six locations in the area, at an estimated total capital cost of $64,700. Measures to be undertaken include:
Speed cushions (humps);
Curb extensions; and,
How were measures determined?
From late January through early March 2013, feedback from a January 24, 2013 open house was analyzed and staff finalized plans to identify budgetary requirements for constructing calming measures.
Throughout November 2012 data was collected in order to verify traffic calming related concerns. This included site visits (monitoring), vehicle volumes, speed counts and intersection turning movements.
On October 11, 2012, the municipality hosted a community forum at Shannon Lake Elementary to:
Present “Traffic Calming 101” by Boulevard Transportation;
Present residents with proposed scope and timing as established with the neighborhood association;
Provide a forum for residents to provide feedback and identify key traffic related issues and concerns (verbal during the meeting and through a questionnaire); and,
Identify the next steps in the process.
On October 21, 2012, the District of West Kelowna concluded an input opportunity through a questionnaire.
Feedback gathered through the open house and the online questionnaire was used to identify the traffic calming issues and highlight the areas that needed to be looked at in detail to verify the concerns brought forward.
In August 2012, municipal staff met with Shannon Lake Neighborhood Association representatives to:
Confirm the proposed study area (click here
to see map);
Establish contact information between the municipality and the association; and
Establish time lines and schedules for the traffic calming review.
In 2010 and 2011 the District of West Kelowna also installed preliminary traffic calming measures as follow:
On Shannon Ridge Drive:
Create 2 parking “bulbs” (curb extensions) on the curve to protect parked vehicles, reduce pedestrian crossing distances, reduce speeds and improve sightlines;
Paint a solid yellow center line leading up to, through, and out of the curve for a short distance; and,
Conduct minor trimming of vegetation to improve sightlines (as required).
At Shannon Ridge Place and Shannon Ridge Drive intersection:
SPEED READER SIGNS
In August 2011, Council directed staff to work with ICBC to identify two sites for the installation of pole-mounted, electronic signage that would indicate rates of speed to passing motorists.
After consulting with ICBC it was determined that the reader boards would installed at high crash occurrence sites:
On Glenrosa Road near the intersection of Webber Road; and,
Old Okanagan Highway near the intersection of Butt Road.
Installation was completed on December 24, 2012. Required equipment testing was conducted in January in preparation for full operations starting in Winter 2013.
The District of West Kelowna thanks ICBC for providing matching funding of $8,000 to assist in the installation of the speed reader boards.
The conceptual design was created during the South Boucherie study.
Based on the available funding, a phased plan for implementation was completed.
A resident questionnaire was sent out at the end of September 2012 highlighting this plan and providing an opportunity for feedback; and,
Based on the response to that questionnaire, installation of six curb extensions proceeded in the early fall of 2012.
Throughout October 2012 a qualified contractor completed installation of six curb extensions between Ridge Boulevard and Merlot Court.
SOUTH BOUCHERIE - FIRST STUDY
In the South Mount Boucherie neighbourhood, the potential existed to provide additional road connections across the mountain, at Menu Rd and/or McCallum Rd. Such connections could have had positive impacts such as emergency vehicle access; transit route opportunities; and, shorter, more direct drive times for some residents. The connections could also have had negative impacts, such as new or increased traffic, as a result of residents using local streets as short cuts between collector routes.
The District of West Kelowna created a survey, allowing residents the opportunity to express traffic and transportation concerns in the area. Particular areas of concern were traffic volumes, road safety, public transportation, and pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
The results of the survey were used to further investigate traffic mitigation options and provide important considerations for the future planning and design of the neighbourhood traffic system.
Documents related to the Mount Boucherie Traffic Survey were:
If you have questions or comments on the District of West Kelowna's traffic calming initiatives, please contact the Engineering Services Department at: