Traffic Signals & Systems
Signals along Highway 97 and Highway 33 are controlled and maintained by the province's Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The City works closely with the province to optimize signal performances in street approachments along the highway.
Kelowna's computerized controller system is one of the most up to date in Canada. The Controller is pre-programmed to help move traffic and pedestrians using various inputs such as volume to intersection and lane widths, demand, bike lanes and bus blockages to name a few.
The majority of traffic signals along major arterial routes such as Springfield and Glenmore Roads, are coordinated to maximize green time. Signals are programmed at a reference point allowing the lion's share of traffic travelling along the main, at a certain speed, generally hitting a "green wave" or "green band." However, most signals are vehicle and pedestrian activated.
Pedestrian Activated Signals
Push button on the signal pole when you want to cross the street, this will activate the "start crossing" signal (a person walking). The signal will not appear more quickly if you push the button more than once or hold it down.
Your wait depends on when in the signal cycle you pushed the button. "Walk" displays for 8 seconds which is when pedestrians should start to cross.
"Don't Walk" flashes from 10-25 seconds allowing pedestrians to finish crossing, depending on the length of the crossing and ability of those using the crosswalk.
Kelowna's signal system is programmed for safety and effeciency and has a systematic purpose.
Solar powered pedestrian crossing signals are in place in # locations around the city.
Pedestrian Warning Flashers
Solar powered pedestrian warning flashers are in place in several locations around the City and they are intended to advise motorists that pedestrians are attempting to cross the road. These devices are used where a full traffic signal or pedestrian signal is not warranted.
Vehicle Activated Signals
- Loops (also know as detectors) are in place at signalized intersections
- Loops are located just before the stop bar
Stop behind stop bars at red lights. Loops can detect the presence of vehicles and let the controller know that vehicles are waiting. Stopping behind the bar ensures that the controller "senses" your car as shown above and keeps the crosswalk clear for pedestrians.
Red Light Cameras
In an effort to improve safety in high-risk intersections, ICBC has introduced a provincial-wide red light camera program.
The program places intersection safety cameras (commonly known as 'red light' cameras) at five of the highest risk intersections in Kelowna to deter drivers from running red lights. The cameras are found on Harvey Avenue at Banks, Spall, Cooper and Gordon roads as well as at the intersection of Dilworth Drive and Springfield Road. The goal of the program is to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities. Ticket revenue is distributed among all municipalities across B.C. to enhance their policing and community-based public safety programs. Visit icbc.com for more information about the Intersection Safety Camera program.