Transportation Options to get to and from UBC Okanagan Campus

The opening of the new municipal road John Hindle Drive will provide a new entrance to campus from the west – Upper Campus Way – on September 4, 2018.

John Hindle Drive will offer quick and easy access to campus from the Glenmore area, as well as reduce traffic pressures on the existing east entrance on University Way.

The opening of the Upper Campus Way access to campus will enable the closure of University Way in the center of campus to general vehicle traffic and the creation of a pedestrian-only space in the campus core for the community.

University Way will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic between International Mews and immediately west of Parking Lot F entrance. All motor vehicles are to use John Hindle Drive between Hollywood Road North and Upper Campus Way to travel between Upper and Lower Campus.

To ensure pedestrian safety on University Way bollards and signage will denote the changes and prohibit vehicle access.

With the closure of University Way, Upper Campus destinations – i.e. the Gym, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, University Children’s Learning Centre, Upper Campus Health Building, all student residences, as well as parking lots C, G, K, M, R and W – will be accessible from Upper Campus Way via John Hindle Drive.

Transit

To complement the Transit Exchange that was constructed last year, the City of Kelowna and BC Transit have improved the frequency and number of routes that serve campus. Starting September 2, 2018, these will include:

  • The #6 Glenmore route offering express bus service from downtown Kelowna, via Glenmore, and across the new John Hindle Drive accompanied by extended service hours and frequency
  • Re-routing the #4 Pandosy / UBCO Express from Highway 97 to Academy Way through the University South neighborhood
  • Extending #23 Lake Country service hours and frequency

Find out more about transit to campus on the UBC Okanagan Transportation – Transit site.

Walking

Access to and from campus by foot will see a new pedestrian overpass constructed by The City of Kelowna stretching across John Hindle Drive from Academy Way to the south edge of campus, just south of the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre. It is expected to be open and ready for use by mid-September 2018.

Until the overpass is complete ALL pedestrians travelling between the Academy Hill neighborhood and the university campus are to use the new sidewalk along Academy Way and Upper Campus Way. No crossings at Alumni Avenue will be permitted. Pedestrians can also utilize one of the new transit routes connecting University South to the campus, see updates above.

Find out more about walking to and around campus on the UBC Okanagan Transportation – Walking site.

Cycling

This September 2018, cyclists will enjoy more access to campus via the following new and improved routes completed by The City of Kelowna:

  • The new John Hindle Drive multi-purpose separated pathway and on-street bike lane
  • A newly paved Okanagan Rail Trail connected from downtown Kelowna
  • Acland Road / Bulman Road / Highway 97 underpass from Rutland
  • Academy Way and Hollywood / Innovation Drive bike lanes

To support the increase of cyclists that these changes bring, there will be a significant increase in the number of bike racks and lockers throughout the campus core.

Find out more about cycling facilities around campus on the UBC Okanagan Transportation – Cycling site.