There is bus service from early in the morning until about 12:00 a.m. Time-tables, tickets and monthly passes are available at the Students' Union Office. Most bus routes have limited weekend and holiday service, so be sure to check the schedule when planning your outings.
After 9 p.m. you can ‘Request a Stop’. This means that you can ask the driver to stop just for you between regular bus stops. You must give the driver some notice, so please ask at least one stop ahead of where you wish to get off.
Riding bicycles (bikes) is very popular, when weather allows. Students often buy new or used bikes on arrival and sell them when they leave. A list of bike shops can be found at the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition.
In Canada, bicycles must follow the same traffic rules as cars. Here are some important rules to remember:
1) Bicycle helmets are the law - WEAR ONE!
2) Ride on the right side of the road.
3) Do not ride your bicycle on the sidewalk.
4) Do not ride your bike across the road. Get off your bicycle and walk across.
5) When in a group, ride in a single line.
6) You must have a bell or horn, and, if you bike at night, both a front light and a rear reflector are required.
Always lock your bicycle even if you’re leaving it for only a short time. Bikes may be parked free at Okanagan College, but must not be taken into buildings.
BE VERY CAREFUL.
IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE, RIDE ON STREETS WHICH ARE NOT BUSY.
NEVER ASSUME THAT YOU ARE SEEN BY OTHER DRIVERS.
Pedestrians (people who are walking) have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections. Drivers often stop and let you cross the street, but always check for traffic before crossing. Generally in Canada "Jay-walking" (crossing the street at a place other than at the corner or crosswalk) is not allowed and, if you are caught jay-walking, you may be fined.
In accordance with the laws of British Columbia, all International students who intend to drive while studying at Okanagan College MUST have a valid driver’s licence from their home country. It MUST be an official translated version (if applicable) containing the following information:
1. Country of Origin
2. Drivers license number
3. Full name
4. Date of birth
5. Date of issue
6. Expiration date
7. Driver’s license classification (type of vehicle you are authorized to operate)
All of the noted information is imperative.
If any information is missing and you are stopped by a police officer you may receive a ticket for an invalid driver’s license. The first fine will cost $276 Canadian dollars; the second ticket may lead to a vehicle impound.
See ICBC website for more information.
Contact: Douglas Watkins, Manager for Security and Crisis Management
Okanagan College Tel: 250-317-2435