Kelowna’s Ethel Street, between Harvey Avenue and Bernard Avenue, will reopen to motorists Friday afternoon.
Following $1.7-million worth of work, including a separated “cycle track” on both sides of the road, new sidewalks, landscaping and utilities improvements, the road will reopen after 5 p.m. after being closed for the last few months.
The new cycle track is a protected bike lane that has a physical barrier from the rest of the roadway and the sidewalk. City officials say it makes the street safer for all roadway users and are more predictable for people who walk, bike and drive.
Certain rules apply for cycle tracks:
• Motorists will continue in their lane as normal and follow regular traffic rules. Vehicle parking is not permitted in any bike lane.
• Cyclists are to use the cycle track to provide separation from vehicles and pedestrians.