A Plan for Safety

There are some very clear public concerns of crime, from safety downtown, in City Park, the overdose epidemic that hit BC - ranging all the way to our own commuter safety and planning. Our municipality has a responsibility to address all facets of Kelowna's safety. Here is Gord's vision to help Kelowna navigate through these challenges.

Short Term Initiatives

Tackling affordability will help with our overall safety, but also our community planning and how we address current issues is essential to a successful strategy. By promoting the City's Healthy Housing Strategy and working with Local, Regional, Provincial and Federal governments, we will begin to address our safety and affordability challenges.

  • Establish clear City plans for housing, climate change, transport and growth.
  • Promote very clear Affordability initiatives and goals to help with the housing crisis.
  • Support City and Regional initiatives that promote and grow local jobs.
  • Find consensus amongst community support agencies and the RCMP on addressing homelessness and crime.
  • Assist in the Official Community Plan to take into account commuter accidents and the best methods to minimize or prevent them.
  • Engage the community, through local stakeholders and local experts that we can learn from, respond to and engage with to achieve 'Made in Kelowna' success.
  • Plug into and connect UBCO students, researchers to City staff on research and teaching opportunities - realize synergies to use innovative ideas and science-based evidence to address City issues in most efficient and timely ways.

Long Term Goals

We can do better. This is the future of our families, our children, and our community. We need to protect those less fortunate, and provide them opportunities to take steps forward. We want to improve commuter safety through sustainable and well engineered growth. By addressing environmental safety, we’ll ensure that our beautiful city remains that way.

  • Provide over 20 years of engineering experience to City Council and help solidify our Official Community Plan.
  • Implement SMARTer growth initiatives to address some planning missteps during the City’s rapid growth.
  • Provide strong leadership with community partners to engineer a sustainable community with a vocal supporter on City Council.
  • Engage teams to plan, design and pursue P3 financing to realize OVER PR within 20 to 30 years.
  • Improve our transit system from just a highway service between UBCO and West Kelowna, and expand it to include community activity nodes.
  • Invest in sidewalks and walkways to accommodate seniors on scooters, moms with strollers, and kids on training wheels to support the mobility of our young and aging populations.
  • Complete communities in outlying areas to 50% of jobs/services in those areas.

Selected Publications

Gord Lovegrove is currently working with the Canadian and American Societies of Civil Engineers (ASCE/CSCE) on the release of a new reference textbook for practitioners on civil engineering practices "Toward Sustainable Communities" (working title). His sustainability expertise stems from over 30 years of hands-on professional engineering experience and innovative, rigorous science-based research. Below are only a select few publications to provide insight into Gord's initiatives on safety.

  • On Fused Grid (Dutch Safe Systems) neighborhood safety research: “Remaking the City Street Grid - A Model for Urban and Suburban Development”, Co-Authors: Fanis Grammenos & Gord Lovegrove, McFarland Publishers, 2015. 207 pages.
  • Mohan, Dinesh, editor (2012) Safety, Sustainability, and Future Urban Transport, Elsevier Ltd, features my sustainable road safety analyses research on Fused Grid Street Network.
  • Lovegrove, G. (2007) Road Safety Planning: New Tools for Sustainable Road Safety and Community Development, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Berlin, Germany. 218 pages.

Technical Reports

  • CLASP (2014) Innovative Infrastructure Solutions for Safer Active Transport: Case Studies from Canada, Report prepared for the for the Joint Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineering (CITE) Technical Liaison Committee (TLC) / Healthy Canada by Design (Coalitions Linking Action & Science for Prevention) CLASP Initiative, UBCO School of Engineering, Kelowna, BC. (P-I).
  • De Vries, J., Barss, P. & Lovegrove, G. (2012) Promoting Safe Use of Roads & Pathways for Vulnerable Road Users: A Review of Canadian Promising Practises, Report prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Kelowna, BC. (P-I).
  • Morrison, E. & Sonmor, D. & Lovegrove, G. (2011) Sustainable Glenmore Community Research: ComPASS Phase 1 Report, September 2011. Prepared for the City of Kelowna, Kelowna, BC. 95 pages. (P-I).

Peer-Reviewed Reports

  • Masoud A, Lee A, Faghihi F, Lovegrove G (2015) Building Sustainably Safe and Healthy Communities with the Fused Grid Development Layout, NRC Press, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 42: 1063–1072, October 5.
  • Birdsall M, Lovegrove G. (2014) Feature Article: Making the Case for Proactive Safety in Long-range Transportation Planning, Interview with Dr Gordon Lovegrove, ITE Journal, 85(1), 45-47.
  • Lovegrove G (2014) Curitiba: Transformation into Sustainability (Lovegrove G, Tam E, Ed.), Canadian Civil Engineer (CIVIL), 31(5), 12-16.
  • Brown D, Lovegrove, G, Tam E. (2014) How to Operationalize Sustainability in Civil Engineering Practice (Lovegrove G, Tam E, Ed.), Canadian Civil Engineer (CIVIL), 31(5).
  • Sun, J. & Lovegrove, G. (2013) Comparing The Road Safety of Neighbourhood Development Patterns: Traditional versus Sustainable Communities, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 40(1): 35-45, 10.1139/cjce-2012-0002.
  • Wei, F. and Lovegrove, G. (2012) An empirical tool to evaluate the safety of cyclists: Community based, macro-level collision prediction models using negative binomial regression. Accident Analysis & Prevention, doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.05.018.
  • Wei, F., and Lovegrove, . (2011) Sustainable road safety: A new (?) neighbourhood road pattern that saves VRU lives, Elsevier, Accident Analysis & Prevention. 10.1016/j.aap.2010.12.005.
  • Khondakar, B., Sayed, T., and Lovegrove, G. (2010) Transferability of Community-Based Collision Prediction Models for Use in Road Safety Planning Applications, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 10, October 2010, pp. 871-880.
  • Lim, C., Sayed, T. and Lovegrove, G.R. (2010) Community-Based, Macrolevel Collision Prediction Model Use with a Regional Transportation Plan, Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers. Vol. 136, No. 2, pp. 120-128, February 2010.
  • Lovegrove, G.R. and Sayed, T. (2007) Macro-Level Collision Prediction Models to Enhance Traditional Reactive Road Safety Improvement Programs Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Record No 2019, pp. 73 - 82.
  • Lovegrove, G.R. and Sayed, T. (2006) Using Macro-Level Collision Prediction Models in Road Safety Planning Applications, Transportation Research Record No 1950, August 2006, pp. 73 - 82.
  • Lovegrove, G.R. and Sayed, T. (2006) Macro-Level Collision Prediction Models for Evaluating Neighbourhood Traffic Safety, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 33:5, May 2006, pp. 609 – 621.