May 22, 2018

(Permanent) Progress along Vancouver's Hospital Precinct

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.

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Here’s a fun and gentle way to persuade people on bikes to slow down at the busy bike/ped intersection near Science World in Vancouver.

As usual, click an image to see a larger version slideshow of both.

Note a few things that make the message both light-hearted and prominent.

  • Lane divider made from the bright fiberglass hull of — what? Too big for a Dragon Boat? But very much in keeping with the nautical activity nearby on False Creek.
  • Paddle-shaped sign bearing an adaptation of the ancient nursery rhyme we all know: “Slow slow slow [your bike]” on one side, and on the other side the rhyme morphs into the standard, mellow exhortation about attitude and style: “Gently down the stream“…
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The Economic Value of Creating Walkable Places – Why it Makes Dollars & Sense

Speaker: Todd Litman
Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
While there has been much discussion on the health and social importance importance of creating universal walkable places, decision makers want to know the bottom line. What are the economic outcomes of investment in the walkable public realm, and is creating walkable places the right thing to do from a resident, business, and community perspective?
This webinar with transportation specialist Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute explores the economics of investment in walkable infrastructure and communities, and will provide  innovative and practical ways to communicate walkability benefits to politicians, decision-makers, and the public.
Wed, May 9
Free; reserve on Eventbrite
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In today’s Seattle Times, reporter David Gutman compares the state of cycling infrastructure in Seattle and Vancouver.
Mr. Gutman’s article digs into strategy, results, history and opposition.

Seattle’s leaders are working to build a network of connected bike lanes, but every inch of pavement is contested and tensions run high. In Vancouver, which already has such a network, cycling numbers are up. Driving numbers are down. And the opposition has largely melted away.

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