I served with Don Bell on the regional district board when he was Mayor of the District of North Vancouver.  Now he’s a councillor In the City (CNV), and one of the longest serving local leaders in Metro.

So yeah, he’s an old white guy who’s been around a long time.  How does he stay relevant?

Like this:

Don Bell bought an e-scooter/bike.

Cllr Tony Vallente took this shot at the opening of Reckless Shipyards, where two modes – scooters and cycles – are hybridizing.

I always thought of Don as a windshield politician.  A car windshield.  Everything he saw on the other side was designed to assist the way he was moving, from the engineering of the road to the size of the parking lot.  All the houses and apartment buildings, the shops and offices, the warehouses and whatever – everything based on the assumption that almost everyone drove, almost everywhere, almost all the time.

Don’s world.  Where the car is a member of the family.

That was the District Don was mayor of. But it’s not the City he represents now – the city that has embraced urbanism, that believes in the regional vision – of dense, mixed-use centres, connected by good transit.  Like Lower Lonsdale.  And now Upper Lonsdale.

The Council has, by fits and starts, agreed to get denser and different.  To not be as car dependent.  North Vancouver isn’t just suburbia.  Nor is Don now just a driver.

Now he’s bought an e-scooter.  Seeing without a windshield the community he helps shape.



    1. Awesome ? You’re more than relevant, you’re an inspiration! ❤️?? Rock on, Don! & great story, Gordon!

  1. Hopefully, Don will support safer cycling infrastructure on the Esplanade. There is currently significant anger among cyclists because the City refuses to do anything to improve that key stretch of road since the death of SFU librarian Mike McIntosh in January of this year, when he was forced under the wheels of a tandem trailer truck by a driver who opened their door into the bike lane. In fact, even now, with preparation work for the B-Line ongoing, which should present a perfect opportunity, nothing is being done to improve safety. To a direct request, CNV has responded that “City reviewed other options such as buffer between the bike lane and parking spaces and parking removal. However, both options would require considerable change to the corridor and would not meet all of the functions that the corridor is intended for. Also, public consultation would need to be done. ”
    Essentially, the loss of a human life isn’t sufficient to remove parking spaces. As a cyclist, I am sad and angry.

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