Seaside Greenway Party, Sat. July 5th, 11 am – 3 pm

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Come celebrate the completion of one of Vancouver’s best public realm treasures. The Seaside Greenway that connects downtown’s Seawall and False Creek with Jericho Beach is ready to be biked, walked, or rolled – and may the best costume or decorated bike win!

What will you find? In the parks along the route towards Jericho Beach, you can listen to live music, zip yourself into a giant petal (really!), feast from your favorite food trucks, get crafty with the kids, play all sorts of lawn games, strike a yoga pose and more. Bring your picnic lunch and find a shady spot amid the festivities and don’t forget plenty of water and sunscreen. A bike valet will be available in Hastings Mill Park sponsored by BEST.

But wait, there’s more!

Continue west down the Seaside Greenway route to check out Brock House’s Summer Fair, Jericho Sailing Centre’s 40th Anniversary Celebration (we’ve heard rumours that there’s cake!) and MEC’s Paddlefest on Jericho Beach. Also, don’t miss the volleyball tournament on Kitsilano Beach on the way down.

This celebration for everyone is supported by many, including the Vancouver Public Space Network, HUB Cycling, the UBC AMS Bike Co-op, BEST, area neighbours and others.

World naked Bike Ride this Saturday starts 12 noon Sunset Beach

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The Vancouver World Naked Bike Ride is here again! Join tens of thousands of cyclists around the world and experience the exposed joy and participate in the world’s largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture!

The ride is bare as you dare, so fear not. All that is needed is a sprinkle of colourful courage. Together we’ll spread waves of happiness and contagious smiles across the city. So join us for the most fun event of the year.

Meet Saturday, June 14, 12:00pm Noon at Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street) for body painting and performances with the ride itself starting at 2:00pm. A picnic follows the ride, hosted by NIFTY. The ride and all ride activities are free.

Naked bike riding tips:
• Prepare for riding rain or shine!
• If sunny, put on sunscreen!
• You do not have to be fully naked to join the ride.
• Wear shoes!
• If you are shy, the ride will start off clothed. There will be an opportunity to dress down after the start.
• Keep your clothes with you – you never know when you may need them (like… after the ride).
• Decorate your bike! Come with signs and funky hats! Cover your bike seat with fun fur!
• Ride safely and stay together as a group.
• Tell your friends! Spread the word!!

For more information visit:
http://www.facebook.com/YVR.WNBR (like us!)

http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=Vancouver

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/561854150529148

#velopalooza #wnbr #yvrwnbr

New washroom in Nelson Park Installed

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Great news, the new washroom in Nelson Park has been installed. Potty power works. Thanks to everyone who signed the WERA petition on this issue!

Thanks to all the WERA directors and community allies who advocated for the replacement of this washroom over the years, especially Aaron Jasper and Christine Ackermann and Brent Granby.

Big thanks to the Vancouver Park Board and all the Park Board Commissioners who made this happen, including Trevor Loke, Sarah Blyth, Constance Barnes, Aaron Jasper and Niki Sharma .

Thanks to Spencer Chandra Herbert for sticking with this issue and pushing for it.

It’s wonderful to see a washroom back in the park, a good day for residents of the West End and a big improvement in the public realm in Vancouver.

VCH and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation seek exemption for supervised injection services

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While not widely known in the City of Vancouver and in the West End the Dr. Peter Centre located on Comox St. by Nelson Park has supervised injections for its participants of their programs as a standard of care of the clinic. Street nurses with the Dr. Peter Centre consider supervising their patients injecting as part of their professional medical practice. This is a proven evidence based public health measure of a harm reduction strategy. But, now the Dr. Peter Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health are formally requesting a exception from the Federal Government. The application is supported by the Minister of Health for BC, Terry Lake and the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson. For more information see the press release from Dr. Peter Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health. Continue reading

Port of Metro Van’s land use plan consultation begins

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From the Port Metro Vancouver;

Land use plan update:

Consultation and comment period begins. The public consultation period began on February 1o and runs through to April 13, 2014. All consultation materials are posted online at Port Talk.

Draft Land Use Plan
Interactive Designation Map
Discussion Guide Feedback Form
Discussion Sessions and Webinars

Have question for the Port of Metro Van? landuseplan@portmetrovancouver.com

Downtown Bus Service Review Open House

The Downtown Vancouver Local Bus Service Review is a joint initiative of the City of Vancouver and TransLink. The objective of the review is to develop a near term (one- to five-year) vision for the bus network in the downtown core.

Attend the Downtown Local Bus Service Review open house and learn more about this project, talk with the study team and share your thoughts on how to improve bus service in downtown Vancouver.

June 22, 2013 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay St)

 

Public Walk: Comox-Helmcken Greenway June 29

The City is accepting feedback on the road construction of the long-awaited Comox-Helmcken Greenway.

WERA is hosting a public walk of the Greenway on June 29th. We’ll get started at 11:00 am from the corner of Comox & Chilco. A City Engineer will join us to answer our questions about the construction efforts. Everyone is welcome!

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