UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan

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Public Engagement – Phase 2

Thank you for participating in the second phase of public engagement about the draft UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan between September 15 – October 6, 2021.  Check back soon to read our Public Engagement Summary Report.

Overview

The Transportation Plan will play a critical role in supporting the evolution of the campus, community wellbeing, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus. The draft Plan was informed by campus community feedback collected in November 2020 on commuting experiences, perceptions of remote working and learning, and the Transportation Plan draft Vision and objectives. The Plan was shaped by community feedback along with input from campus stakeholders and technical analysis.

See full Draft Plan here.

About this Consultation

This public consultation was an important step in finalizing UBC Okanagan’s Transportation Plan. We collected feedback from the campus community on the Transportation Plan’s suite of sustainable transportation strategies, including advocating for better public transit, improving active transportation amenities and infrastructure.

Learn more about the draft Transportation Plan on the subsequent web pages, or watch the video below to explore the final version of the UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan. As part of the virtual engagement, we conducted an online survey between September 15 – October 6, 2021 and held a virtual open house on September 28. See details below.

 

Virtual Public Open House: September 28, 2021 11:30am -1:00pm

The virtual open house was held over Zoom.

If you have any questions contact Aviva Savelson, Senior Manager of Public Engagement at aviva.savelson@ubc.ca or 604 822 0273.

Transportation Plan Summary

The UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan will be a high-level roadmap for meeting the transportation needs of the UBC Okanagan community through 2040. It describes the University’s Vision for the future of transportation at UBC Okanagan and articulates related objectives, targets, strategies and actions.

Strategies and actions considered for the Plan were evaluated based on how effective they are at advancing the Plan’s objectives, as well as their relative cost and feasibility of implementation. The result is a suite of strategies and supportive actions that advances these objectives most effectively over time and, ultimately, achieves the Plan Vision.

Compared with a “Business-As-Usual” scenario, the Plan will reduce total trips to and from campus and ensure that most of the growth in trips expected in the coming decades occurs via active and sustainable modes (e.g. walking, cycling and transit).

Successful implementation of the Plan will result in a dramatically reduced need for additional parking spaces on campus and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from commuting.

 

See the table below to learn more about how the Transportation Plan will support the community in making sustainable transportation choices:

 

What are some of the benefits that will result from this Plan? What is being proposed in the Plan to achieve these benefits?
Better and more convenient public transit. o  A discounted monthly transit pass for staff and faculty similar to the existing U-Pass for students, to encourage more people to choose transit.

o  A concerted effort to work with the City of Kelowna and BC Transit to improve transit service to and from campus, alleviating some of the current challenges we’ve heard from the community (such as long wait times, limited neighbourhood coverage and low frequencies)

Better cycling infrastructure for biking to, from and around campus. o  Discounts or rebates on e-bikes and e-scooters to encourage more trips by active modes.

o  Expanded secure bike parking and end-of-trip facilities for cyclists.

o  New shared micromobility options (e.g. e-bikes, e-scooters) for short-distance travel.

Make carpooling more accessible to the broad campus community. o  Incentives and resources to make carpooling easier and more attractive, including a new ride-matching service

o  Incentives for pooled or shared trips in ride-hailing and/or carshare vehicles

Support for working and learning remotely. o  Strengthened policies and practices that encourage remote working, learning and teaching.

 

Reduced need to travel off-campus for housing, services and amenities. o  Continued implementation of the 2015 Campus Plan which promotes a compact academic campus with a mix of academic facilities, community amenities, and student housing.

o  Commitments to advocate for and work with sustainable land use planning by the City of Kelowna that support more housing options and amenities on and around campus.

 

Engagement Principles

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.