Downtown Penticton speed limits change this month

Jan. 26, 2015

Penticton –  The City of Penticton and Downtown Penticton Association are encouraging local drivers to “slow down and shop a while,” as speed limits in the commercial core are made consistent 30 km/h.

“We want to enhance the pedestrian experience, and make Downtown Penticton a comfortable place for people to discover on foot,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Lower speeds will create a more relaxed atmosphere in our commercial core, and we hope drivers will take the opportunity to slow down and check out Downtown Penticton.”

Speed limits on Martin Street and Westminster Avenue changed after the revitalization project completed last spring, and this kick-started a discussion about creating consistent speed zones throughout Downtown Penticton in line with the Downtown Plan’s aim to create a “pedestrian first” environment.

Public consultation was held during several sessions last summer, and resident feedback helped refine the traffic speed plans. Council endorsed the changes in the fall of 2014, which include 30 km/h speed limits on:

  • Main Street – 100 to 700 blocks
  • Martin Street – Lakeshore Drive to Wade Avenue
  • Winnipeg Street – Lakeshore Drive to Wade
  • Ellis Street – from the roundabout to Wade
  • Westminster Avenue – from Winnipeg, along Front Street to the roundabout
  • Veterans Way
  • Backstreet Boulevard
  • Nanaimo Avenue – from Winnipeg to Ellis
  • Wade Avenue – from Winnipeg to Ellis

“The Downtown Penticton Association is happy to support such an important initiative, we want everyone to come Downtown and enjoy themselves, and speed is a dangerous issue and we are hopeful this will help,” said Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association. “The best part is as you slow down, you start to notice all the amazing stores and restaurants we have Downtown. Slow down and shop Penticton.”

A map of the area is available online at

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