Aberdeen bike lanes to take shape in fall
Kamloops residents who enjoy riding around the city will soon have a new set of bike lanes for their travels.
The city will install bike lanes in Aberdeen along Summit and Hugh Allan drives, between Robson Drive and Rogers Way, as part of its bicycle master plan.
However, before the improvements begin, the city will try to appease concerns from area residents regarding parking.
The city held a public open house on the project on July 27.
The city’s transportation engineer, Christopher Darwent, noted the main concern raised by residents was parking, specifically between Howe Road and Harrison Way.
He said the city will determine if parking can be incorporated into the design of the project.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to accommodate the needs of most everybody,” Darwent said, adding changes may have to be brought to council for approval before the project begins.
He did note the city will keep street parking near Kamloops Seniors Village on Hugh Allan Drive due to high demand in that area.
The plan calls for the removal of the curb extension on the southwest concern of Robson and Summit drives, a reconfiguration of the Highway 5A and Hugh Allan/Summit intersection, installation of a painted median along Hugh Allen between Highway 5A and Harrison Way and the removal of parking on both sides of the same stretch of road.
The city will also install left-turn bays at Sifton Avenue, Gloaming Drive and Howe Road.
The goal of the bicycle master plan is to add to the existing cycling network in Kamloops.
“The whole point is to get a well-connected network that people can cycle on for most of their trip,” Darwent said, adding the project is a connecting point for Aberdeen.
Eventually the bike-lane network will tie into Peterson Creek and the downtown core.
Cost of the project is estimated at $20,000 and work is expected to begin in October.