July 13, 2018

10th Avenue in Vancouver ~ Health Precinct Changes Phase I

To make it easy for people to choose the bicycle as a way to get from “A” to “B”, you start by planning a network; step two is safe and effective infrastructure.

Vancouver’s 10th Avenue corridor spans Victoria Drive in the east to Trafalgar Street in the west, and connects to several north-south bike routes, like busy-busy Ontario, Heather, Cypress and the Arbutus Greenway.

The corridor sees around 500,000 bike trips per year, a good portion of which passes through the hospital precinct between Heather and Oak streets, which now has mostly-completed separated cycling and walking paths.

Here’s a gallery of some of the facility.

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You may have noticed Price Tags was offline for a few hours this past Tuesday night as we ‘migrated’ the website from to a third-party service provider; this will provide us much greater administrative, technical and creative control going forward.

Thanks for your patience as we worked out the kinks throughout the week — we will continue to introduce improvements the Price Tags look, feel and experience as we move into summer.

We also updated our Comments Policy — whether you’re a casual reader or die-hard follower, we value your comments, and hope you’ll continue to feel moved enough by the ideas found here to share your thoughts and feedback.

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urbanYVR posted a pic of a project to be built across from Vancouver House:

Pinnacle takes wraps off gateway tower at 601 Beach Crescent:

The design said to be inspired by the poised form of a “strong female figure” — designed to counter the masculine “broad shoulders” of Vancouver House. …

Together, the two towers will form a gateway to downtown Vancouver, although the Pinnacle tower will be 535 ft. (163m), slightly higher than Vancouver House at 493 ft. (150m). …

In 2016, Pinnacle International acquired the site from the City of Vancouver with a successful bid of $20 million, contingent on the delivery of non-market housing along with any tower proposal. …

The Pinnacle tower was designed by JYOM International of Shanghai, China, co-founded by Vancouver native Kandice Emmie Kwok. GBL Architects is the architect of record

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Recently, I participated in a CBC Radio “On The Coast” dialogue with CBC’s Michelle Eliot. Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, joined me in addressing motor vehicle speeds, and the question of why convenience is sometimes viewed as more important than reducing crashes, injury and death on our roads.
There are some organizations promoting the idea that vehicular speed has no impact on safe road use. For example, Sense BC ran a campaign against photo radar in British Columbia, which was implemented on highways in the 1990s to save lives. The program was disbanded, and as we reported in late 2016 deaths and injuries of vulnerable road users have increased in this province over much of the past decade.
Dr. Perry Kendall, recently retired as BC’s Provincial Medical Health Officer, has detailed the 280 annual deaths and injuries from vehicular crashes in his report Where the Rubber Meets the Road.
Meanwhile, Sense BC is running a campaign today odiously entitled, “Speed Kills…Your Pocketbook.”

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You have to admire the good folks in Seattle for their approach to making the argument for safe, separated, protected bike lanes.
Last week, in order to encourage the development of a continuous separated bikeway, volunteers came out to create a “people protected bikeway”. And they did a very good job, as documented on Twitter.

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Historian John Atkin and former planner Andy Coupland have been publishing a blog called Changing Vancouver for the past 15 years, on which they document Vancouver’s startling changes and growth over the past century or so.
Changing Vancouver was previously documented by Price Tags, and others have taken note; John and Andy have created an extraordinary resource. Changing Vancouver features historical photos of Vancouver buildings and streets, which are compared against contemporary images of the same location, and sometimes the very same building.

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