Happy New Year 2012!
Maybe you’ve resolved to get more involved in civic life?
If so, consider applying to volunteer on a city committee. The City opened the application process today.
A new committee this year is the Active Transportation Advisory Committee. This committee used to be called the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and will now have a greater focus on all active modes: walking, cycling, etc. Council asked staff to report back in 2012 on pedestrian safety & accessibility, so that makes this a great time to volunteer on this committee (if that’s your interest).
The deadline for applications is January 22nd.
Walking to Georgia Street to catch the # 19 bus is one of the best kept secrets in the West End for getting downtown fast. Now it is going to get better as the # 19 bus is going to turn on Denman, head down Robson and then go back on to Pender from Robson. Unfortunately, it’s only for one day, Labour Day.
Improved connections between West End and Downtown
Media release from Translink:
A bus route altered prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics will return to its original design as of Monday, September 5, as the #5 Robson/Downtown and N6 Davie NightBus resume service along Robson between Seymour and Burrard Streets.
During the Olympics, Robson Square was turned into a pedestrian gathering place, and this was followed by the Robson Square Mound Rehabilitation Project. The intention has always been to resume bus service through that stretch.
Running the #5 and N6 end to end will enable West End residents, many of whom are seniors, to connect more readily with the downtown core and transfer to other services such as north-south bus routes and all three SkyTrain lines (at Vancouver City Centre and Granville Stations). (Regular users of the #5 who are accustomed to transferring to and from SkyTrain at Burrard Station should be aware that it will no longer stop there.)
This change to the #5 route will bring service that is more direct; but it will not mean a change in frequency: the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is currently deliberating a proposal to increase the funding available to TransLink to allow for the addition of more service hours. In the mean time, TransLink’s Service Optimization Initiative is re-allocating resources from under-performing routes towards routes and times of day that are under-served in order to provide more service within the same “envelope”. Public meetings will be held around Metro Vancouver, with an opportunity to learn about the budget supplement and the projects it would provide and discuss it with TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis. They will be held:
Wed. Sept. 7, Lonsdale Quay Hotel, North Vancouver, 6:30-8:30 pm
Thurs. Sept. 8, Holiday Inn Metrotown, Burnaby, 6:30-8:30 pm
Wed. Sept. 14, Guildford Recreation Centre, Surrey, 6:30-8:30 pm
Thurs. Sept. 15, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, 6:30-8:30 pm
For more details, please visitTranslink info
Would you rent or buy a suite in a building with no parking other than 9 car-share spots and 315 bicycle spaces?
WERA is behind the idea of having buildings built for a green future – withonly parking spots for car-share, and incorporating innovative and effective bicycle storage. While we realize this scenario is not for everyone, we believe there is an appetite for this type of building in our community. Also, think about how we could re-direct the savings to create affordable housing. It can cost a developer up to $50,000 to build one parking spot. Imagine if that money was put towards keeping rents low in a percentage of the suites, or building suites specifically for seniors and low-income renters. Surely Vancouver is ready for one of these buildings in our West End?
Here’s what the community had to say on Car Free Day.
(Please add to the mix and leave your own comments below.)
- More for bike parking – it’ll get us moving physically better
- Yes, but a West End street park pass
- Not if it was in a Hollyburn building
- Yes – if my lifestyle was one that I’d not require a vehicle as long as I am child-free, I can be car-free!
- Yes if you do have family with kids but if you are living by yourself in downtown it should be fine because everything is close.
- Absolutely! I bike everywhere
- I might consider it if the cost advantages are passed on to me
- Yes! When it saves cost to rent or buy!
- Absolutely!!! Park on the surrounding streets or join a car co-op or better still ride a bike.
- Yes, I don’t have parking now!
- Great idea! Go for it!
- No – I don’t have a car but have family and friends who do. Also I own and no parking is bad for resale
- No – I have friends and relatives who come to visit from all over. In many cases car is the only transportation option.
- Yes to rent. Transit makes the city accessible. But if I wanted to own, I would want a car & parking. By then I would have a family and need the extra mobility.
- No – even though I do not have a car our parkign spot is where our bikes are securely stored, where we park the co-op car (when we use it) and where visitors & friends park.
- Yes. If downtown we could cycle everywhere
- Yes expecially if the money saved could be used for affordable housing
- Yes, but a street park pass
- Yes, I do not own a car and walk almost everywhere.
- No – it seems it would be pushing parking to the streets making it a city issue rather than a developer issue
- Yes! Great idea!
- Yep! Living in the West End means you don’t need a car.
- Yes!! More bikes less cars!
- How about scooter parking area?
- Yes – we need more affordable housing for people not cars.
West End Car-Free Day is on Sunday, June 19
have fun | bring smiles to everyone’s faces | enjoy a day on a car-free street | dress up creative & colourful | laugh with the kids | enjoy music | & happy people for one whole day | or just a few hours
a great way for students to get their volunteer hours, and receive a certificate!
Go to this link & complete the volunteer form:
donation collection | barricades | setup & take down | information booth support | bring fun to the street | dress up funny | assist with kids activities | and more!
A volunteer with Car Free Day will be in contact concerning an orientation meeting prior to the festival day.
Love to see you there!
25 October 2010
Hon. Shirley Bond
Minister of Transportation and
Dear Hon. Minister Bond:
Subject: Updating the Motor Vehicle Act to Support Pedestrians, Bicycles and Public Transit
The West End Residents Association (WERA) is a group of community based activists seeking to improve the quality of life for West End Residents of Vancouver. You can find out more about WERA at www.wera.bc.ca.
WERA is requesting you initiate an update to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) to facilitate pedestrian, cyclists and public transit use in BC. The existing MVA is outdated in this regards, which is compromising provincial objectives of increasing the use of alternative modes of transport and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Following are example of areas that require review, however we expect this is not a complete listing:
• The MVA does not explain bicycle traffic control signals. Bicycle traffic control signals are common in Europe and other North American cities. This is now an issue in Vancouver, associated with the implementation of segregated bikes (refer to the report from the General Manager of Engineering Services dated Sept 27, 2010 to Vancouver City Council located at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20101005/documents/ttra2.pdf)
• The MVA is a barrier to municipalities that desire to implement lower speed limits for residential or other areas. The current speed limit of 50KM per hour for West End residential streets is unsafe. The City of Vancouver has pursued this issue unsuccessfully with your Ministry since at least 1997. See the City of Vancouver website for more information at http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/40kph/index.htm
• The MVA has not adapted to new technologies or alternative transportation options. WERA would support more defined regulations that would encourage a culture were pedestrians have the exclusive domain of sidewalks, with the exception of wheelchairs and strollers. All other wheeled users should use the road, including in-line skaters, skateboards and Segways. The MVA needs to address the emergence of electric assist bicycles (which WERA supports regulating as Continue reading
After months of planning by the City of Vancouver Engineering with Translink to formulate an Olympic transportation plan VPD and VANOC and without notice and consultation shut down Robson to the #5 according to a local bus driver who updated a bus of riders this afternoon.
All though there are other reports that it was the City the closed the street to the #5 bus on recommendation from VANOC and VPD, none of this is confirmed yet.
Community Update: MLA Spencer Herbert Constituency Office
West End #5 Bus southbound / #6 westbound buses are no longer running as of 11:40 am on Tuesday February 16.
A decision was made today by Coast Mountain Bus Company and Translink to stop service on this portion of the route until the end of the Olympic period. Apparently their decision was made due to the fact that the City of Vancouver has extended the pedestrian corridor on Robson, from Thurlow to Bute. Buses that were previously turning off Thurlow onto Robson (southbound) are now unable to do so.
North/eastbound service for the #5/#6 is still in effect on the same route (Davie to Denman-to West Georgia-toPender-to Homer-to Richards-to Davie). Representatives from Translink have stated that the reason for closing the south/westbound route is due to the road closure and that it is unable to reroute the bus southbound down Georgia because the infrastructure for the trolley wires turning south off West Georgia south onto Denman does not exist. They have also stated that they are not able to place a diesel bus (non-trolley) on that route as they have no buses whatsoever to spare.
Our office has raised the question as to why this decision was made on February 16 and not in the months leading up to the Games so that residents could plan their routes and lives accordingly. West Enders were assured that their bus service would not be disrupted and that they would continue to receive service in both directions along Davie, Denman and West Georgia (parallel to Robson).
Our office met with representatives from VANOC and the City of Vancouver months prior to the Games who made these same assurances. We have also been informed by Brent Granby of WERA that their members met with Engineers from the City of Vancouver who made the same assurances. In fact one member of WERA raised the concern that the trolley infrastructure at the corner of Denman and Georgia was not in place, but no commitments were made to addressing that problem or closing the route at the beginning of the Games.
We have spoken with residents of the West End who are very upset about this change, in particular because they were promised full service and because today residents, many of them senior and some disabled persons are currently standing at bus stops without any southbound service or any indication that service has been halted.
A representative from Translink have stated that signage indicating this route closure would be up tomorrow. We raised the concern that the signage should have been put in place prior to the closure.