The preliminary design for the Safe Routes to School plan for Glenmore Elementary is now complete.
When this pilot project is completed in 2012, students will have safe, off-road ways to walk or roll to school.
The project, developed in cooperation with a group of Ecole Glenmore Elementary parents known as the Cool Ways to School Committee, was originally planned to be constructed by December 2011.
The revised schedule was necessary because city crews were committed to other projects and some of the Safe Routes work, such as enhanced crosswalks and asphalt works, require warm, dry conditions and could not be completed before the end of October.
Also, more time was needed to establish additional rights of way on private properties to complete the projects.
The design phase of the project will be finalized by March 2012, with construction expected to be complete by August 2012.
The neighbourhood around Ecole Glenmore Elementary is surrounded by major roads that impede the movement of pedestrians and cyclists in and out of the area.
As traffic has increased in the area, parents have become increasingly concerned about the safety of their children walking to and from school and have become more inclined to drive their kids to school.
The Safe Routes to School pilot project will transform the built and social environment to enable children to get to school safely under their own power, by walking, riding their bike or using other modes of active transportation.
Visit the Transportation Projects page at kelowna.ca/transportation for more information about the history of this project and the many changes planned for the neighbourhood.