How can we reach our 2020
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GC 2020

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  1. Pedestrianize Vancouver

    Why not make Robson St, Granville St, Davie and Denman pedestrian only streets. The streets could also still be used by the potential streetcar and would also be open to bikes. But while were at it why not rejuvenate the downtown eastside by making it pedestrian only as well. Face it gastown just look silly with cars driving through there and china town would be revolutionized if it was only for pedestrians. These pedestrian only streets and areas would become a main corridor for commuters (pedestrians, streetcar, and bikes) this would cause higher end businesses to come to those areas…

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    The draft Greenest City plan will include directions to explore pedestrian-only and pedestrian-priority streets in the downtown core. Potential locations will be identified at a later date (e.g. as part of the transportation plan update).

  2. Trucking By Laws

    Follow the lead of large American cities that limit trucking (eg 18 wheelers) within city limits to graveyard hours only, say 8pm to 6 am.

    Large trucks operating during peak traffic hours only serve to slow commuters and increase exhaust emissions. The trucks themselves would also move quicker with less traffic impeding their progress, thus reducing their own toxic exhaust.

    3 votes
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  3. tax reduction for business commutors

    Give tax reductions to businesses that reduce the commuting automobile usage of employees. This could be preferred hiring of people that live close by or subsidized bus passes. Chain-stores could swap staff between stores to get more local staff. Better carpooling organization.

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  4. Eliminate minimum parking requirements

    There should be no minimum parking requirements for any development in the city. Jeff Tumlin said it best "We don't have minimum housing requirements for people, so why do you have them for cars?"

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  5. Green transportation hubs throughout the

    EVs are coming and we're not ready. Putting infrastructure in place with high-speed charging that also hosts bike sharing, car sharing and green commuters will have a central place to plug in and recharge.

    7 votes
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  6. 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.…

    13 votes
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  7. Transport freight using trains instead of trucks

    The transport of freight using heavy duty trucks is not sustainable and causes air and noise pollution. It is far more efficient and less costly to move freight on rails rather than building new roads to accomodate increasing truck traffic.

    34 votes
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    The draft Greenest City Action Plan will include directions that support less polluting, appropriately sized goods movement vehicles, including rail where appropriate. Trucks will still have a role to play for the forseeable future. Success requires support and leadership from regional, provincial, and federal partners.

  8. Make Transit Easy and Driving Hard

    Start to make driving difficult and transit easier and accessible.

    Key Points in this would be: Eliminating Curbside Parking to make room for additional transit. No more road upgrades unless it is necessary for the purpose of trucking and goods transport. Increase transit density so that the majority of citizens are within a 10 minute walk of transit that will arrive on average every 10 minutes. This can be done through buses and trams. Extend rapid transit to unreached areas such as the broadway corridor, coquitlam and the tri-cities, Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford. This could be done through current projects…

    47 votes
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  9. 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.

    12 votes
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  10. Municipal GRANTS for businesses who build shower, changeroom, and bike lockers

    Through a municipal grant program, encourage businesses to build showers, changerooms, and bike lockers for employees who commute via active transportations. Grants could also be applied for expansions of existing facilities. Also, encourage businesses to partner and share facilities.

    6 votes
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  11. No Concrete Medians

    Instead, use flowering or green plants... it is beautiful and can contribute to cleaner air that we breathe

    7 votes
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  12. Burrard Street bridge bicycle lane

    Add a designated bicycle lane going into downtown on the Burrard Street bridge. This would also encourage walking by allowing pedestrians back on both sides of the bridge.

    3 votes
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    The City is starting a design process for the structural upgrade of the Burrard Bridge, which will include designs to create permanent separated bike lanes on the bridge. This design process will consider configuration options for the bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

  13. Metered bike lockers

    Metered bike lockers that can be rented by the hour.

    9 votes
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  14. More car diverters on busy bike routes

    Add more car diverters to busy bike routes: they work!

    15 votes
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    The City implemented several new trial diverters on various bike routes in the summer of 2010. This is part of a program to reduce non-local traffic volumes on those bikeways and to make the bikeways more comfortable for cyclists for all ages and abilities. The pending active transportation plan will explore opportunities for further traffic calming on our bikeways.

  15. Awnings

    Encourage Awnings - Connected dry cover improve pedestrian traffic in a rainy city. @ More bus shelters that really shelter.

    20 votes
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    Weather protection will be highlighted as an important design consideration for the pedestrian realm. Many parts of the city (e.g. most of the downtown, most commercial areas) already include design guidelines for weather protection and design guidelines (including requirements for awnings). However, there may be more opportunities to encourage existing buildings to add awnings (and similar weather protection) through renovation and building facade improvement programs.

  16. Building Future Parkades

    Builidng Future Parkades under green spaces (like Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at Jericho) A parked car is a good car!

    4 votes
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  17. Bike Blading

    Make the Bike / Blading Paths smoother - on driveways / cut outs etc for Rolling over. Cut down the bricks (on wheel path) @ Olympic Village, Yaletown, and Coal Harbour as they are to rough and to dangerous.

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    The City will continue to design (and work to improve) greenways and recreational paths so they are safe and attractive not just for cyclists, but for in-line skaters, wheelchair users, and others.

  18. Have a Vancouver gas tax, which the money would fund transit.

    Have a tax on gas (and diesel) sold in Vancouver. Kind of like Montreal Island has. The money from this tax will go to fund public transit expansion projects and improvements.

    9 votes
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  19. increase property tax on vacant suites/homes

    There are many condos owned by foreign investors that remain vacant while being held (many = 30% of new condos purchased downtown, where there are currently over 30,000 units vacant). Increase the property tax on absentee owners to incentivize the creation of more rental units and therefore more affordable housing options

    3 votes
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  20. Have all of the city's fleet of vehicles be electric and plug-in hybrid (when possible).

    Have electric vehicles for short distance trips and plug-in hybrids for longer trips. Also, have all new heavy trucks (like garbage trucks) be diesel hybrid.

    39 votes
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