September 29, 2018

Vancouver Public Library’s New Public Treasure

It’s really a spectacular transformation — the downtown VPL’s two upper floors have become a rich and varied public space. It’s another treasure that people in Vancouver will use and enjoy for generations to come.

The results are wonderful and amazing.  It’s now one of the best public spaces in Vancouver — and located right smack-dab in the middle of downtown.

From Price Tags — a big pat on the back for all involved.

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Small Housing BC (SHBC), a Vancouver-based non-profit advocating for smaller housing forms throughout British Columbia, is hosting the Small Housing Summit this November 17th.

The first event of its kind in Canada, the SHBC Summit will feature industry leaders in design, policy, outreach, finance, real-estate, construction — basically anyone interested in, or already working with, smaller typologies. Given the need to accelerate the development of new housing options in BC and beyond, this is a must-attend event.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

More info & Registration – Early Bird Deadline is Sept. 30

SHBC is also inviting any groups or individuals facing barriers working on small housing projects to apply to the Small Housing Challenge case study series.

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A few pix from a rapidly-growing event:  HUB’s Bike the Night.  Aside from being highly social and fun, it’s a way to introduce people to riding outside their comfort zone.  Families, goofy hats and blinking bikes make it all the more fun.

The sponsor list is impressive:  MEC; Translink; LaFarge; Richards, Buell, Sutton; YVR Airport Authority; and many more. From this, you can get an impression of big community support for people riding bikes.  The attendees alone could go a long way towards putting bike-friendly candidates into the Mayor’s office and city council in the upcoming 2018 Vancouver civic election.

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A HUB Cycling 20th Anniversary Celebration

The evening will feature inspirational presentations from leaders in the Blind Beginnings program, which promotes tandem cycling for visually impaired participants, a cancer survivor who took up cycling as a way to regain their strength, the founder of Ride Don’t Hide Canada’s Ride for Mental Health,, and more.

See their full speaker line up here.

All attendees will be entered to win a prize package from Arc’teryx valued at over $1,100.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive
Kick-off party: 6 pm
Show starts: 7 pm

Discounted advance tickets are available now for just $5 for HUB Cycling Members & Fall Bike to Work Week Team Leaders or $10 for the general public. The Bicycle Valet will be on-site. Bike to Work Week Team Leaders will also be able to pick up their Team Leader Packages at this event.

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Join PT editor (and director of Walk Metro Vancouver) Sandy James for this ULI event — a morning conversation to discuss the City of New Westminster’s recent experience with senior-focused infrastructure planning with Great Streets for Seniors: Uptown Neighbourhood Initiative.

Following a panel discussion, we will take a brief walking tour of the Uptown Neighbourhood to discuss Great Streets, the challenges, and the steps taken to go from concept to capital plan.

  • Lisa Leblanc, Transportation Manager, City of New Westminster
  • Sandra James, Director, Walk Metro Vancouver
  • Dan Ross, Sr. Transportation Planner, Bunt & Associates, Great Streets for Seniors Study Co-Projector Manager
  • Alex Taciuk, Great Streets for Seniors Study Participant

Wednesday, September 26
8:15 am – 10:30 am

Century House, 620 8th Street, New Westminster

Member: $15
Non-Member: $25

Register here.

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This Friday, Vancouver’s Our Community Bikes celebrates 25 years of building bikes and building community with its anniversary Big Spanky Do — a night of live DJ’s, dancing, games, prizes, drinks, live performances and cool bike stuff!

Friday, September 7 – 8:00pm
Red Gate Arts Society
1965 Main Street

$15 – $25
Get tickets here.

All proceeds go to support Pedals for the People, an OCB program improving access to complete bicycles, parts, accessories and service for those who experience barriers to affordable forms of transportation.

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Big things start with people coming together over big ideas. In this case, it’s a set of ideas to foster and increase regional growth through economic integration between Metro Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

PT has previously covered Cascadia material HERE and HERE.

Your chance to mix, mingle, network and learn is on its way to Vancouver.

2018 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

Vancouver (Hyatt Regency Hotel)

Tuesday October 9, 2018
Specialized sessions, Registration, Kick-off reception

Wednesday October 10th, 2018
Main Session

p.s. It’ll cost ya $C 400.

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