Driving & Carpooling

Driving and Carpooling

Heads Up Drivers

You're driving up to a crosswalk, playing with your stereo and haven't noticed that other vehicles have started to slow down. Heads up! Pay attention. Watch for vehicles slowing down; they could be yielding to pedestrians and cyclists. The City of Vernon reminds drivers to be alert for cyclists and pedestrians at all times and take extra caution in low light and poor weather. Both drivers, pedestrians and cyclists keep your heads-up, make eye contact and look out for each other.

Okanagan Carpool - It’s Cool to Pool

Driving alone, you lose out on the opportunity to put up to 25 per cent of your car costs into your savings account. Driving by yourself costs about $25 per day. That’s $9,000 per year.  Imagine sharing those costs by carpooling and adding more than $2,200 into your savings account every year. Join the thousand plus registered carpoolers with carpool.ca and start saving.Carpool.cais a free service from Salmon Arm to Oliver.

Heads Up Drivers!

The City of Vernon’s Heads Up campaign is asking drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to keep their heads up as it is a shared responsibility to prevent collisions.

  • Be alert for pedestrians at all times, especially at intersections, crosswalks, downtown and even more so in low light or poor weather.
  • Pay attention. Avoid distractions like changing radio stations.
  • See and be seen. Make eye contact with pedestrians.
  • Watch for vehicles slowing down around you. They may be yielding to a pedestrian.
  • Heads up at intersections! Follow traffic lights, not the flashing hand or countdown signal. Pedestrian signals aren’t always timed to the light.
Why Carpool?

Carpooling is an affordable alternative to driving alone and offers many benefits:

  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Saves money on gas and insurance
  • Lower stress
  • Meet new people
  • Fewer cars on the road

Sign up at www.carpool.ca.

Carpool Parking

For those who are carpooling to travel to Kelowna or beyond, a signed carpool parking lot is available. The lot is located on College Way across the road from Okanagan College, Vernon Campus.

Please obtain an appropriate parking permit from the City of Vernon Bylaw clerk located at the Community Services Building, 3001 - 32 Avenue, Vernon BC. Permits are $10 (taxes included) per quarter year beginning January 1, each year. Permits are not prorated.

School and Playground Signage Changes

The City of Vernon has adopted the Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) school and playground signing guidelines.  Please click on one of the following schools to see changes to their respective school zone and school area signage: Alexis Park Drive, Silver Star, Harwood, Beairsto, Ellison, Okanagan Landing and Mission Hill Elementary.

Provided here is a clarification of school and playground zone signage you will see in Vernon