How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

GC 2020

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. More passenger ferries

    We are not making enough use of our waterways for passenger transport. SeaBus is a success not only with commuters but also tourists. Water connections between downtown Vancouver and places like West Vancouver, Kitsilano, UBC, Deep Cove, and Port Moody should be explored.

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    • Permit zoning for walkable, livable, amenity rich single family and human-scale neighbourhoods

      Six 2000 square feet single family houses can fit on two existing 33 x 120 foot lots. The alleys are narrow streets and the streets become narrow streets to maintain green space. The density supports local amenities that you can walk or cycle to. The increased amenities provide more local jobs. It means you can get what you need locally without a car. Connect these neighbourhoods with effective public transit which is started by permitting these neighbourhoods around sky train stations and bus loops. Laneway housing is part of this solution. Design the neighbourhood as if you had not cars.…

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      • Inspire us to bicycle!

        Get the VPD sting operations to lay off bicyclists. Hiding behind trees and handing out $167 dollar tickets to the people TRYING to make a difference does NOTHING to encourage a green city. Get on a plane and go see some other european cities where they GIVE free bikes for the citizens to use, and honour their rights of personal freedom...not make citizens live in fear. Go do something about the real OFFENDERS in Vancouver.

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        • Install outlets for electric vehicles in parking lots

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          Consider a downtown parking lot with outlets so plugin electric hybrids can recharge. Could have some type of metre.

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          • 13 votes
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            • Promote car pooling and/or ride sharing programs

              There are a number of car pooling and/or ride sharing programs in Vancouver but they are not being used by very many people. If the City of Vancouver promoted them, they could reduce a very significant number of car trips.

              Some examples include: carpool.ca; ride-share.com; ride-club.ca; car-pool.ca; erideshare.com; carpoolingnetwork.com; and shareyourride.net.

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              • rickshaw stands at all outlying skytrain stations organized through a central dispatch service

                One of the largest obstacles to greater transit use for families, the elderly and people with baggage is the few blocks between home and a station. A rickshaw service located at each outlying station would facilitate access for these users. The short trips and high volume would result in reasonable rates. Existing communication technology would create an efficient and accessible dispatch system.

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                • Create a free bus lottery for transit riders

                  Create a free lottery to randomly reward people who ride the bus. Fund the bus rider's jackpot by placing a small levy on Vancouver parking meters. If each meter contributed 50 cents per day on average, we'd have a daily prize pool of around $4000. This is enough to create some small but significant instant cash prizes. The media attention from this initiative would help to encourage ridership as much as the prizes themselves would.

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                  • Educate Motor Vehicle Drivers on Sharing the Road with Cyclists

                    It's apparent that Vehicle Drivers in BC are under eduacted on safe practices to use when sharing the road with cyclists. This makes it dangerous for people who want to cycle all over the city because they feel they are increasing their risk of getting injured. BC Driver's licensing could include more requirements of knowledge regarding sharing the road. A class on bicycle safety for cyclists could also improve safety for bikers and car drivers on Vancouver streets.

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                    • Mobile bike mechanics on the bike routes: create licensing and locations

                      Use the model Beijing has for bike repair people. There are bike repair carts along the major bike routes in Beijing. These carts can do most minor repairs on the spot and help you get to work. If you break down along the way, you can give them a call on your cellphone and they'll bike over and fix you up. It would be nice to have designated locations along major bike routes and business licenses for this type of entrepreneur.

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                      • Put turnstiles into all sky train and Canada Line stations - collect easy revenue for Translink

                        Many more people than we realize are using sky train lines without paying. Meanwhile Translink is short the funding they need to expand the transit network and enhance existing service. This seems like an easy step to increase revenue, and would possibly reduce costs by not requiring Translink staff to be checking tickets on trains.

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                        • Solar/Electric Powered Buses

                          Get more solar or electric powered buses to lower vehicle exhaust and decrease Greenhouse gases

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                          • 11 votes
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                              The draft Greenest City Action Plan will include directions to advance parking policies that encourage a reduction in vehicle ownership and driving, support sustainable transportation choices, and increase housing affordability near transit. Better management of curbside parking will help to reduce cruising and congestion caused by drivers searching for an available space. Redesigning the residential parking permit program will address parking spillover concerns associated with off-street reductions and better reflect actual street space value.

                            • Revamp the terrible, inaccurate, obstructive Translink website and mobile applications.

                              Translink.bc.ca belongs on the internet from 8 years ago. The interface is clunky and slow, frequently inaccurate (try catching a number 17 bus based on the site OR the txt service- you'll be waiting 25 minutes). I really want to use the transit system, but I find myself stymied by this terrible website every time.

                              These days there are plenty of examples of mobile and web interfaces that are more user friendly and convenient. The website is the FACE of translink for may of us, and it's an ugly and unfriendly face.

                              If there's no money for development, how about…

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                              • car free communities

                                create car-free communities and/or buildings where tenents get a break on rent and/or local transportation costs.

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                                • Use Round-Abouts!

                                  Used all over the world, these simple concrete islands are popular for a reason: they work! They keep traffic moving, preventing traffic jams and idling. They slow traffic to prevent fender-benders at "intersections", and are much more visible than stop signs. Plus there is very little construction and maintenance cost compared to traffic lights. They can be used on 2, 4 or more lanes of traffic, there's nothing the round-about can't do!

                                  Plus they're charming. You can plant the middle with natives to make it look beautiful too.

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                                  • No tax on bikes and biking equipment.

                                    Saving of 12% brings the cost of bikes and safety equipment down.

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                                    • Bike & Pedestrian Bridge across False Creek

                                      A bike and walking link that spans that spans over False Creek from Charleson Park on the south side of the creek to David Lam Park on the downtown side.

                                      This site is one of 4 that the city recently identified as a potential location for a bike bridge crossing.

                                      Take a look at the designs that Emily Carr students came up with:
                                      http://blogs.eciad.ca/elverum/2010/03/05/design-for-bikes-bridging-false-creek/

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                                      • Collect property tax on vehicles registered in BC

                                        The state of Georgia charges an annual ad valorem tax on motorized vehicles. Car values decrease as cars age, so less wealthy people presumably pay less tax. I don’t think Georgia gives concessions for fuel efficient cars but that could be built in here. The new tax's unpopularity could be mitigated if the funds raised went to something really great and the accounting was extremely transparent.

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                                        • Eliminate minimum parking requirements within 800m of SkyTrain stations

                                          New developments should not require parking if they are close to rapid transit stations. The developer can choose how many parking spaces to include, but they must be underground and accessed by side streets, not the main shopping street.

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