Share the path

With more people outside and physical distancing measures in place due to COVID-19, safely sharing pathways is more important than ever. Please ensure you're following directions from BC's Medical Health Officer to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Guidelines for safely sharing pathways

Everyone using pathways should be mindful of other users. Paths marked as shared-use are used for walking, running, and rolling by people of all ages and abilities. Be aware of the rules and etiquette to keep pathways fun and safe for everyone. 

  • Be aware. Stay aware of your surroundings so that you can hear others who may want to pass.
  • Keep right, pass left. Make space for others who need to pass.
  • Be predictable. Check for oncoming path users before changing direction.
  • Don't block the path. Step aside when stopping.
  • Be visible. Wear lights and reflectors at night so others can see you.
  • Control your pets. Keep pets on a short leash so they don't block the path.

People on bikes

In addition to the above steps, people riding bikes can take further safety steps when out on pathways.

  • Control your speed. Need to go fast? Try using the on-road bike lanes. 
  • Be heard. Alert others before passing but slow down and give plenty of space in case they don't hear you.
  • Know and follow the rules of the road. People riding bikes have the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a vehicle. This means yielding to pedestrians and obeying traffic signs and signals.

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Pathways, sidewalks and trails in the Central Okanagan

There are numerous pathways and sidewalks for walking throughout the Central Okanagan. The links below will take you to the website for each area. Contact your local government for more information on facilties in your area and throughout the Central Okanagan.