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Greenest City Targets?

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  1. 15 votes
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    5 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Colin Russell commented  · 

    Asterisk = ?

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    0 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This action is outside municipal jurisdiction, since schools are organized and governed under the Provincial Ministry of Education, with local school boards and associations. The action has merit from a Green Transportation perspective, but must be weighed against other issues faced by school boards around enrollment, understanding current and future neighbourhood demand, etc. Using schools for additional community programs after hours may be a way to get better value from existing resources. This item also relates to neighbourhood planning initiatives to provide more housing choice for families that will help support existing schools that are currently experiencing declining enrollments. Response

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    Or businesses could cough up the money that they already were, prior to the HST gift...

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    The city’s new 10-year cycling program master plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year. A big part of the work ahead is to identify where separated bike lanes might be appropriate.

    Lessons learned from the downtown trial will be an important input into the plan. The results so far support evidence elsewhere that separated bike lanes are a great way to make cycling more attractive on busy streets.

    For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/cycling .

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    -1 comments?

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    City has already moved beyond the 2,010 (garden plots) by 2010 challenge. Three new gardens were created in the summer of 2010 and others are currently in the planning stage. This is an idea included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan.

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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    18 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is an evolutionary process. The City of Vancouver is already considered a North American leader in this regard. Current and future plans and projects (e.g. Cambie Corridor Planning Program) will continue to embrace this ideal.

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    TransLink is currently leading a study to determine the best approach to deliver high-capacity, fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC. A number of technologies and alignment options are being considered, including rail rapid transit (e.g. SkyTrain), surface light rail transit, and bus rapid transit.

    The City of Vancouver is directly involved as a partner agency in the study. In April 2010, City Council endorsed ten principles to guide City input into this process (http://vancouver/ubcline/principles).

    Visit http://vancouver.ca/ubcline to learn more about this work, including upcoming public engagement events.

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    Colin Russell commented  · 

    I think that Copenhagen study is hugely flawed and we should not be putting convenience ahead of safety just to (possibly -- the study couldn't say conclusively one way or the other) save a few health care dollars. Please do not cite NON-PEER REVIEWED articles as if they are 'scientific evidence', especially when they do not make a very convincing argument.

    Sure, we could spend less money on children who die during bike accidents because they weren't wearing helmets (not much health cost when they die on site), but is that REALLY how we want to measure 'net health benefits'?

    There is plenty of research that helmets ARE beneficial. Check out
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr4401.pdf US CDC report on bike helmets, including references to research on helmet effectiveness
    and
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/110/5/e60 Impact of Mandatory Helmet Legislation on Bicycle-Related Head Injuries in Children: A Population-Based Study
    and
    http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/SpringboardWebApp/userfiles/ccoch/file/Safety_on_the_road/CD001855.pdf Helmets for preventing head and facial injuries in bicyclists
    (Literature Review)
    which a quick search on Google Scholar just turned up but you could find so much more...

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage local food  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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