Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated every year with events across Canada and the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection and action, and now has never been a more important time to get involved.
On Sunday, April 21, Vancouverites can learn more about local ecology and take environmental action by heading over to Stanley Park where Stanley Park Ecology Society is putting on two community events.
A family-friendly interpretative Earth Day walk with a focus on forest ecosystems and their role in creating a healthy planet takes place at 10 am-12 noon. Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House, under the viewing plaza on Lost Lagoon (north end of Alberni Street). Participation is free.
If you want to get involved in taking hands-on action with other volunteers to conserve Stanley Park’s native biodiversity from alien invasive plant species, meet SPES at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion at 12:30 pm for a 2 ½ hour outdoor event. For this particular event we ask you to pre-register by Friday, April 19; email@example.com or 604-718-6547. The event is free and all tools are supplied. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.
The contest features three categories: nature, places and people. There’s also a special category strictly for youth entries (up to 18 years).
The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo; Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale; and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604).
People will link arms and hold a banner that says “Defend Our Coast” to show the unbroken wall of opposition to pipelines and tankers across the province.
This will be a peaceful gathering of citizens and community leaders and will not involve civil disobedience. Leadnow’s goal is to achieve cross-partisan agreement for no new tanker expansion on BC’s coast.
Date: Wednesday October 24th
Location: NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert at 923 Denman St
Congestion and conflict has significantly increased on the Seaside Bike Route since the Cactus Club English Bay Bistro opened. This is disappointing as pedestrians, cyclists and skaters have just endured 16 months of disruption during the construction of the Bistro.
The congestion and conflict are a result of a number of factors including:
The Cactus Club is directing their customers to line up and exit directly right onto the bike route instead of adjacent to the bike route. Customers are disoriented and often do not recognize they are crossing or walking on the bike route.
The loading zone for the Cactus Club is a pull-out from Beach Avenue that is being misused as a valet and passenger drop-off zone. This creates safety issues for both motorists and passengers that are dropped off.
Signage is poor and installed from the perspective of motorists. Signage needs to be installed from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists and the Cactus Club customers that would include pavement treatment and signage.
The Cactus Club English Bay Bistro had clear direction from both the City and Park Board to mitigate any impacts to all users of the Seaside Bike Route. This direction included that the loading bay was not to be used for other purposes, in particular for a valet service.
The Development Permit Approval included a requirement for the Cactus Club to provide a Loading Management Plan that “should commit to use the approved loading so as to not impact traffic, pedestrians and cyclists and solely for it intended loading purpose” and that “the permit holder is to be responsible for all costs related to the installation of the lay-by and all costs related to any sidewalk and bikeway changes necessary for the lay-by installation.”
WERA suggests that the City direct the Cactus Club to honour the requirements associated with their Development Permit including:
Realign the Bistro Beach Avenue entrance furniture to channel customers along the side of the building instead of directly into the Bike Path
Cease using the loading bay for a valet service and to put out traffic cones during non-loading hours to prevent unauthorized passenger drop-offs.
The Park Board and City also needs to further review the signage to ensure it is directed at pedestrians and cyclists. In particular consideration should be given to pavement markings and signage that alert all users that this is a conflict zone. Current signage that designates the loading zone as a passenger zone should be removed to reflect the intention of the approved Development Permit.
The Seaside Bike route in the 1700 – 2000 blocks of Beach Ave will continue to be a source of conflict between pedestrians and cyclists with its current configuration. Perhaps an alternative solution might be to move the route onto the road as a separated two-way facility, but that is a different debate. The Cactus Club knew about the requirement to mitigate impacts to the Seaside Bike Route with the current configuration, including the intended use of the loading bay and they accepted these obligations. As such the Cactus Club should honour their obligations.
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is embarking on a process to evaluate and resolve issues with cycling in Stanley Park to enhance the park experience for all users.
Everyone is invited to drop by a public open house to provide their comments which will be used to develop options to improve cycling in the park. The public will be invited to discuss and comment on these options through a public consultation later in the fall.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
10 am to 4 pm
There will be two open house locations in the park—one on the plaza on the north side of Georgia Street near the underpass at Chilco Street, and the other at the Ceperley Field playground near the Second Beach Pool concession. Look for the tent and Park Board signage.