Events
May 5, 2016

Jane’s Walk: After the Viaducts – May 7, 8

. ReConnecting Vancouver: After the Viaducts . Led By Michael Alexander May 7, 2016, 1:00 PM, 1 Hour May 8, 2016, 11:00 AM, 1 Hour . The Viaducts are coming down. Learn what could replace them— including your ideas for new neighbourhoods and parks! . The viaducts disrupted and divided important historic neighbourhoods in our City, including Hogan’s Alley, which served as a hub for Vancouver’s black community until the viaducts. Scarred by the viaduct structures, the area today is a mix of highway-adjacent parks and pathways, with a new bicycle-friendly corridor along Union Street. It is a well-positioned and exciting area of the city, with rare opportunities for neighbourhood-building, affordable housing, and safe streets. . We’ll visit the area and see how it’s used today by local residents — including lower-income and homeless Vancouverites — local businesses, and regional commuters. Looking ahead to the replacement of the viaducts, we’ll explore how to reconnect the adjacent communities and repair the urban fabric ruptured in the highway-building frenzy of the 1960s and 70s. . Walk Start: Across from the Downtown Skate Park on Quebec Street.  We’ll be standing across the street from the Vancouver Skate Park. . Go here to register (at “I’m going” tab). Read more »

Jane Jacobs, urbanist and author, believed in walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned by and for everybody.

We celebrate Jane’s birthday every year by leading and tagging along on Jane’s Walks. You create a walking tour of an area you’d like to talk about or celebrate and people sign up for it. It’s less of a lecture and more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers. The whole thing is free.
It could also be a jogging tour or a bicycling tour or a skateboarding tour…
The one hour orientation session is Monday April 25 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Mount Pleasant Community Library.
Jane’s Walks, now in its 9th year, are held Friday-Sunday, May 6, 7, or 8 in 2016.
 

Read more »

Okay, so the weather was abysmal on Sunday – but people still turned out for this year’s Jane’s Walks.  And on Saturday, I had the perfect crowd: 15 interested, varied, well-informed walkers (one even knew how long a chain was!) – and only a few drops of precip.

Here we are at the traditional ending point of the tour through West of Denman:

.

.

A tip of my fedora to Jen Harvey, who helped make it happen.

Read more »

Meet us at the intersection of public space and fiction.

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to walk through your favourite novel? We’ve assembled a team of local authors to create short works of fiction that take place in the Riley Park area.  Amble your way through some of these (very, very) short stories. You’ll be able to literally choose your own adventure in this self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood! 

 

The Active Fiction Walk

.

May 3, 2014 | 11:00 AM
May 3, 2014 | 12:00 PM
May 3, 2014 | 01:00 PM
May 3, 2014 | 02:00 PM
May 4, 2014 | 11:00 AM
May 4, 2014 | 12:00 PM
May 4, 2014 | 01:00 PM
May 4, 2014 | 02:00 PM

Walk Leader: Jaspal Marwah Meeting Place: Main & east 20th – This is where we’ll start & end the walks

We’ll remain at this meeting point to provide a gathering spot so walkers can meet and chat about your experience after the walk. In case of rain, we’ll be inside the Bean Around the World cafe.

This is a preview of the full-scale version of this project the Vancouver Public Space Network will launch later this summer.

. More here.

 

Read more »

Topics we will cover:

1.  What happened on December 6, 1989? See Beth Alder’s memorial sculpture.

2. Have you ever ventured into a revered Chinese tea house?

3.  Learn about the amazing building that houses the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Bridge Housing.

4.  Check out the amazing displays and bouquets at Olla Urban Flower Project.

5.  Feast your senses and tastebuds on chocolate, coffee and pastries at East Van Roasters.  

.

Amazing, Brave and Extraordinary Women: Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together, sharing our souls while wearing out the leather?

.

May 3 , 2014 2:00 pm .

Walk Leader: Ellen Woodsworth and Jo Fox

Meeting Place: Thornton Park

.

More here.

Read more »

This route could accommodate a ground level Light Rail Transit system at a lower cost and a more rapid construction program than a Broadway Subway. This bike tour is 7 kilometers long, and will cover the eastern half of the route.  Along the way, we will stop at important places and discuss the pros and cons of this alternative concept.

.

An alternative to the Broadway Subway

.

May 3 or 4, 2014 10:00 am .

Walk Leader: Adam Fitch

Meeting Place: VCC station

.

More here.

Read more »

What do you already know – or think – about backyard hens? Do you have any coops in your own neighbourhood? We will talk about our experiences, both good and bad, in keeping chickens and try to answer your questions. Coop design, chicken care, benefits, etc. will all be covered.

Our neighbourhood in Kensington-Cedar Cottage has emerged as a hot-bed of urban agriculture, and we will visit some of the sites around the area to take a look. 

.

Cedar Cottage Chicken Coop Tour

.

May 3, 2014 10:30 am .

Walk Leaders: Keltie Craig, Corinne Smit

Meeting Place: Coop 1. 794 E.21 Ave – Keltie’s Chickens 

.

More here.

Read more »

Walk this historic route with members of the NWEP and GetOnBoard to hear how streetcars shaped our community.  This walk will include short talks given by walk leaders, along with opportunities for people to share their streetcar memories and ideas.

 

Walk The Route That Could Inspire Our Transit Future May 4, 2014 11:00 am . Walk Leaders: Members of NWEP & GetOnBoard, Virginia Ayers, Eric Doherty, Matt Laird, Patrick Johnstone, Deni Loubert Meeting Place: 6th Ave and 6th Street (Public Meeting Area in front of Royal City Centre Mall.)

More here.

Read more »

North Vancouver’s first Jane’s Walk is about active transportation, led by Dave Perfitt – a long-time North Van resident and advocate for better walking and cycling facilities.


Transportation Visions for North Vancouver, future, present, and past

May 4 – 1 pm

. Come out and discuss a proposed greenway overpass between Lynn Valley and Lonsdale Town Centres. These two major North Vancouver Town Centres share the same plateau, separated by a mere three kilometres distance, with only a 30 meters (100′) elevation difference. . Start will be at the Loutet Park Baseball Diamond (located at Rufus Avenue and East 17th Street in North Vancouver. The walk’s finish will be at Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre, with an option to continue discussion over coffee at Delany’s Coffee, near Lynn Valley Library.    Read more »