In the “you just can’t make this stuff up” department, City of Delta council has authorized a payment of $40,000 for Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and select staff to spend four days in Ottawa, followed by three days at a conference in Quebec City.
They’ll have just missed the National Capital’s Tulip Festival, but they’ll be there to demand, among other things, that the federal government just get on with building the Massey Bridge — Delta tax dollars hard at work.
Never mind that there is no funding in the provincial budget for this ten-lane, overbuilt and over-thought span, which would effectively seal the industrialization of this part of the Fraser River. Read on >>
From About Here founder Uytae Lee — part of the team at Halifax-based PLANifax — comes the following video, entitled “Why are we getting rid of a highway in Vancouver?”.
It’s a cogent and thorough backgrounder on Vancouver’s viaduct teardown project.
It runs 5:28. It’s light, heavy, serious and fun at the same time. And it’s worth every second.
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Is storage of motor vehicles (a.k.a. parking) a topic that needs a further look? Or will it remain a blind spot?
Donald Shoup offers, for free, the introduction to his new book “Parking and the City” (93 pages).
The introduction itself is a short and updated version of “The High Cost of Free Parking“, his classic book from 2005 that changed city planners’ thinking about storing motor vehicles. And how parking solidifies motordom’s iron grip on our cities.
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Under perfect skies, Metro Vancouver is celebrating the growing number of people who choose to ride their bike to work. Many, I’m sure, are creating their free BTWW accounts, creating routes, logging their trips, and hoping to win a bike or the big prize — a trip for 2 to Portugal.
The following pix are from Burrard and Pacific on Monday, May 28, one of over 80 Celebration Stations in a dozen municipalities in the region.
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Three photos of people riding bikes on Vancouver’s very popular and busy Seaside Greenway. Shamefully, the section at Kits Beach Park is nasty and dangerous, but nothing gets done.
Click here for a PDF of the full-size poster by HUB Cycling.
Despite seeing over half a million bike trips annually, and being subject to many years of calls for change from users and residents alike, the Vancouver Park Board continues to operate under the assumption that routing people on bikes through a busy parking lot — including tourists, children and older folks — is A-OK.
Happy Bike to Work Week…
As of last week, this is what Vancouver’s upgraded 10th Avenue Bikeway looked like in the hospital precinct near Oak Street — still incomplete, but already being used.
This is the one that prospective NPA mayoral candidate Glen Chernen promised to take out with heavy equipment if elected.
Whether 10th Ave, Point Grey Road, Hornby Street, or any other piece of the network, it’s not going to happen — for at least four reasons. Read on >>
KCET, the #2 public television station in the US, airs Artbound, an art and culture series now in its ninth season.
Urban planner Michael Gordon recommends this episode from season 8 (just under one hour) on ‘The Third Los Angeles,’ presented by Christopher Hawthorne, who was at the time urban and architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times; he is now the City’s Chief Design Officer.
Here, Hawthorne looks at “the future of Los Angeles by examining its architecture, urban planning, transportation and changing demographics, giving us a glimpse of Los Angeles as a model of urban renewal for the nation and the world.”
This looks to be the final piece of the Burrard Bridge upgrade — a masterpiece of engineering design: Complete separation of multiple modes while simultaneously addressing issues of infrastructure, heritage, safety, means prevention and traffic flow.
A few blocks on the south side of Pacific from Burrard to Howe remained unfinished until recently. Now, as the pigeons quickly discovered, even the grass is planted.
Bridge drivers are still figuring out the new lane flows. Here, for instance, north-bound at Pacific, there are two right-hand-turn lanes. But (very Canadian-like), drivers tend to queue in the longer line-up at the curb, not realizing they have a choice.
Which means there is underutilized capacity for even smoother traffic flows once drivers figure out their options.
We haven’t seen any data yet to compare the pre- and post-upgrade traffic flows — but anecdotally, bridge traffic seems to be flowing better. Certainly more safely, and presumably happier.
So where oh where are the ‘mageddon predictors, who maintained that taking away two lanes from the bridge deck for bike and ped crossings could only lead to (all together now) Carmegeddon!