Area Infrastructure Improvements
Highway 33 is a major thoroughfare for Black Mountain/Belgo residents who commute to work, or need to access amenities available in adjacent neighbourhoods. Since November 2009, the highway section between Muir and Gallagher roads has been undergoing a widening from two lanes to four. This project is now complete!
September 2011 There is a ‘multi-use pathway’ being developed along the north side of Highway 33 that will extend from Black Mountain Drive to McKenzie Road. This pathway is being constructed by the City of Kelowna this fall (beginning early September and completed in late fall 2011) and will be 3.5 meters wide for use by pedestrians and recreational cyclists.
Several residents have expressed concerns about unsafe driving speeds along Highway 33 and other arterial and residential roads. Please SLOW DOWN and observe posted speed limits. Be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists, and students getting to/from school as you travel through the community, particularly after snowfall, when space for walking is limited. Not only are speeding tickets costly, but it is imperative that we all look out for our fellow residents. BMBRA will be liaising with Black Mountain Elementary and others to ensure that student safety is a priority, and determine the best ways of improving it.
Several residents from older subdivisions have reported that sidewalks would greatly improve their quality of life, including pedestrian safety. While speaking with Gary Stephen, Long Range Planner for the City of Kelowna, he noted that at the time of development, many roads in our area were `rural standard roads` and did not require a sidewalk. If residents of an area would like to pursue acquiring a sidewalk, it is considered a `local improvement` and any costs incurred would be shared by all property-owners who benefit from the improvement. BMBRA would be willing to assist residents to acquire a sidewalk for their street. If this is of interest to you and your neighbours, please email: email@example.com.
In addition to a concentrated effort in the Spring once the snow is melted, the City of Kelowna sweeps the streets regularly throughout the year. If you find that there is an excessive amount of dust from nearby housing or road construction, you may make a request for street sweeping.
During the winter months, the City of Kelowna works hard to keep roadways safe by clearing snow, and applying sand and an anti-icing substance when necessary. More information can be found on the City of Kelowna website.
Just a reminder that residents are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks bordering their property within 24 hours (Traffic Bylaw #8120, Section 2.5.1). Please help your neighbours who may need assistance in clearing their sidewalk so that we can keep our pedestrian walking spaces safe.
City of Kelowna Road ReportTo learn about transportation projects, road closures or car-free modes of transport, visit the City of Kelowna Road Report.
Public Transit ServiceBus service is available in the Black Mountain/Belgo area. See schedules and maps, of the #14-Black Mountain bus service.
School Bus Transportation
To find out more about public school bus service available in the area, please visit the School District 23 website