Council looking to drop speed limit

Downtown Select Revitalization Committee suggests city reduce the speed limit through a large area of downtown to 30 kilometres per hour.

The Downtown Revitalization Committee is recommending city council reduce the maximum speed limit in the entire downtown region to 30 kilometres and hour.

The Downtown Revitalization Committee is recommending city council reduce the maximum speed limit in the entire downtown region to 30 kilometres and hour.

Penticton’s city council is taking it slow when it comes to lowering speed limits on downtown streets.

The Downtown Select Revitalization Committee suggested the city reduce the speed limit through a large area of downtown to 30 kilometres per hour.

That’s already the speed limit along Lakeshore Drive and Front Street, along with downtown portions of Martin and Main Streets, but the committee would like to see the zone extended to cover Winnipeg to Ellis Streets and from Lakeshore Drive to Wade Avenue. On Martin Street, the 30 km/h limit would be extended to Eckhardt Avenue.

“A lot of these cross streets on the map are so short it doesn’t matter what speed limit you put on them, no one can really get to 50,” said Coun. Andrew Jakubeit.

Council voted to refer the plan to the transportation committee and city staff, and expect to have a staff report back before council in mid-September.

Councillor Wes Hopkin also wanted to see some public input on the proposed changes.

“This is a pretty significant reworking of speed limits,” said Hopkin. “I think it is important that we do some proper consultation and that we take the advantage of the downtown markets going on in the summertime to make sure we get that consultation then.”

Coun. Katie Robinson agreed more discussion was needed over what would likely be a controversial issue.

“I am glad it is coming back to the transportation committee because we have already had one go round with it and there was a strong disagreement with changing some of them, so it will be good to spend a little bit more time with it,” said Robinson.

Mitch Moroziuk, the city’s director of operations, said the changes weren’t inspired by speeding complaints, but rather the committee’s ongoing development of the downtown revitalization plan, and the beginning of work on some parts of the plan.


Just Posted

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

JAK's Liquor Store in Penticton will be donating 10 per cent of its sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. (Photo from
Stock up your liquor cabinet and support the Penticton food bank

Jak’s beer and wine store is donating a portion of sales to local food banks Saturday

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Earls On Top at 211 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Downtown Kelowna’s Earls ordered closed after COVID-19 transmission

Earls on Top on Bernard Avenue will be closed from June 18 to June 27

A motorycle crash has been reported on Westside Road. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: Westside Road reopened following motorcycle crash near Vernon

AIM Roads advises drivers to expect delays due to congestion

Dereck Donald Sears. (Contributed/Crimestoppers)
Murder charge laid in relation to suspicious Kelowna death

Dereck Donald Sears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Middleton

Most Read