Jonathan Cote, a New Westminster City Councillor and SFU Urban Studies student, is combining work and study – and he needs some advice:
The City of New Westminster recently developed a Frequent Transit Network Walkshed map through its Master Transportation planning process. The map highlights all properties in the city that are within a five-minute walking distance from a frequent transit bus stop and a 10 minute walking distance from a Skytrain station.
I wrote a small post about this on the Urban Studies blog here.
From a planning perspective the map is interesting because it can easily illustrate which areas of the city have easy access to transit and which places may be more car dependent. This type of map also provides a very clear visual on where cities should consider growth and equally important where cities should limit growth.
So Jonathan asks:
I was wondering if you have any application ideas on how this kind of map could be used? I think this map could be a very interesting planning tool and it would be great to get any feedback.
And I’m passing the question along to readers. Any ideas?