An $18,000 pulse-taking exercise taught city council that a significant proportion of area residents aren’t keen on getting around in Kelowna.
A study conducted by Ipsos Reid in February showed area residents were most concerned about public transport, traffic congestion and condition of roads, said Catherine Knaus associate vice president of Ipsos Reid, noting that it was an unusually robust number.
“In other communities, transportation comes up on the number one, but not the extent we see it in Kelowna…normally it comes in at 27 per cent, in Kelowna’s it’s 37 per cent,” said Knaus.
Although focus centred on the failings of the transportation network when city councillors decided to discuss the issue —some feeling like the results were more reflective of February headlines than reality— the survey looked at numerous areas of life in the Okanagan.
Other areas Kelowna residents would like to see further city investment are police and fire services, protection of the environment and improvement of sewage facilities.
For the full results of the survey, go to www.kelowna.ca