The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan is being developed to support future campus growth, community well-being, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus.
Thank you to all those who participated in the first phase of public consultation held in November 2020. The campus community will be invited to provide input on the Draft Plan this coming Fall 2021.
About this Plan
UBC is developing a comprehensive Transportation Plan for the UBC Okanagan campus over an approximately 18-month planning process. Campus Planning is leading this process, which started in April 2020, engaging with staff, faculty and students, and collaborating with campus and regional stakeholders including the City of Kelowna. This Plan will articulate a long-term vision for the future of transportation at UBC Okanagan, establish specific transportation-related targets and objectives along with strategies and actions to achieve them.
Public Consultation – Phase 1
Public feedback is an essential input into the UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan. The first phase of consultation for the plan was held in November 2020. Over 500 campus community members participated through an online survey and virtual public open house. Two stakeholder workshops were also held.
What We Heard
Through the online survey and virtual open house, students, faculty and staff provided feedback on their commuting experiences, perceptions of remote working and learning, and the Transportation Plan draft vision and objectives. It is important to note that the survey was framed in terms of understanding travel behaviours before the COVID-19 pandemic, which was defined as a typical work or school week prior to March 2020.
Challenges with Public Transit: Obstacles to public transit was the most common topic of feedback across all survey questions regardless of specific travel mode. We heard that:
- Infrequent bus trips make it very difficult to align with people’s work and school schedules.
- Multiple bus transfers are a significant barrier to taking public transit because of the extra time they add to commuting time.
- There are not extensive enough bus routes to reach all the neighbourhoods where commuters live.
Driving is More Convenient: We heard that people choose to drive alone to save time, to run errands before and after work, and because of accessibility and convenience challenges with public transit.
Improvements to Carpooling: We heard that the main barrier to organizing a carpool is the effort it takes to coordinate drivers and passengers, and that respondents do not know who lives in their area.
Remote Working and Learning:
Across faculty, staff and students, there is interest in continuing some level of remote work / learning moving forward with varying degrees of support amongst the three groups:
- Staff were most enthusiastic about continuing to work from home, with the majority of respondents preferring to work from home 3-5 days per week.
- Faculty preferred to work from home 2-4 days per week.
- Students had the most barriers to remaining in a virtual learning space, and would prefer to learn online 0-2 days per week.
Transportation Plan Vision and Objectives
Finally, we heard broad support for the Transportation Plan Vision and seven accompanying Objectives. To learn more about the Vision and Objectives, please see the project pages on the left side menu.
If you have any questions about the public consultation process, contact Aviva Savelson, Senior Manager of Public Engagement, at email@example.com or 604 822 0273.
Campus + Community Planning’s consultation processes are guided by Engagement Principles, which ensure clarity and transparency in how we define, design, implement, and conclude public engagement in our community planning processes