The city is planning the official opening of the first sections of the new Lake-to-Lake bike route for Aug. 1, 2021. The community is invited to the ribbon cutting and to try the city’s newest transportation amenity and to learn more about how to ride safely on the two-way cycle route.
“There are a few things that cyclists need to be aware of to ensure the safety of riders and drivers when using the route,” said city general manager of community services Anthony Haddad.
The opening event will begin with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Martin Street.
Following the ribbon cutting, cyclists can ride the route to the end of the completed section at the library, enjoy some treats and then make the return trip.
The bike route will be ready and open for use in advance of the event.
As soon as crews finish the replacement of the signal heads, the barriers will be removed to allow riders to begin using the 100 to 500 blocks of the route on Martin Street.
“It’s really important that people are very aware, kind and patient as cyclists, pedestrians and drivers get used to this new cycling route,” says Penticton mayor John Vassilaki. “With the construction of this route, Penticton has made significant progress towards the goal of a complete transportation approach and providing safe transportation options for all ages and abilities. This route is a progressive change in our community and I hope to see many citizens join us for the opening event.”
Detailed design and construction of the remaining sections will be undertaken once funding is confirmed, said Haddad.
Already, some bike rails and poles have been damaged by what looks like a vehicle hitting them.
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