About smartTRIPS

smartTRIPS is a program which encourages Central Okanagan residents and businesses to use active transportation as an alternative to single occupancy vehicle use. The goal of smartTRIPS is to reduce traffic congestion and drive-alone trips by providing and encouraging active transportation choices. By choosing modes like carpooling, biking, walking and transit, we benefit individually and as a community through improved health and well-being, financial savings, cleaner air and a healthier environment.

The program is supported by the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan , made up of the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland, District of Lake Country and Westbank First Nation.

What is active transportation?

girl on bikeActive transportation refers to human-powered modes of travel, such as walking, cycling, skateboarding and rollerblading. Active transportation also includes taking transit and carpooling. These are important choices we can make in order to save money, get active, stay healthy and improve our local air quality.

Why this matters. Traditional transportation strategies meant building more infrastructure to address traffic problems, but these projects take up valuable land space, are expensive and are short-term solutions. When we choose active modes of transportation, we decrease our demand for roads and are able to use the resources for other priorities. Together, we can create healthier and more sustainable communities.

Read on for more benefits!