How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    This is acknowledged as a key strategy to better integrate cycling and transit. In 07/2009 the City committed some funding for secure parking facilities at Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village Canada Line stations. The City has also conducted a feasibility study for a downtown bike centre.

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    Saw a city worker today putting in two more bike parking racks at Broadway and Cambie which is really great cause there really is a shortage of bike parking stalls at this intersection. Hope to see more additions in the city as we continue to have increased cycling and a very limited amount of parking racks. In front of London drugs/RBC is another spot that needs more racks as people continue to have to secure bikes to trees, and poles and any other thing available space often. Good work Mayor Robertson and council keep up the good work.

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    Having a major downtown location (i.e. Water front Station) for this would be fabulous as I could come to this place drop of my bike and some gear and spend my day doing errands and stuff down town and when I was done drop by pickup my bike and off I went home. The existing bike lock up locations are good but for short stops only. I think the secure lock up is the way to go when it comes to more long term secure parking. Its done in Europe and south america I think its our turn to have something like this. Scotia tower has this in down town but its only for people in the building so lets get one for the rest of the public.

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    An ongoing process. Many of the City’s recent initiatives (e.g. downtown separated bike lane trial, additional traffic calming on existing routes) work towards this vision. The draft Greenest City action plan will support this idea, and include directions to help inform the upcoming transportation plan update and new active transportation plan.

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    To those that think cyclist can't afford cars: I want to say this once and for all there are a lot of people and I mean "A LOT" of people that cycle that can afford cars and probably could buy many cars but we all choose to not purchase them. So please if you think the reason we cycle is because we can't people don't assume this. The car factories and the refineries and many other auto industries are based in eastern north america so buy spending your money on them well all those dollars leave our province rather if you spend your money on other products more of your money will stay in BC creating more jobs and benefitting the local economy!

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    I wish the people that have negative comments would provided constructive comments to this Talk as we all are here to make Vancouver better and not worse. I think everyone here wants to make Vancouver Cleaner Greener and to improver our quality of life. I also think if a person wants to live life with car dependence and not have to see cyclist and related infrastructure there are plenty of city's that have what the want. From the day Vancouver chose not to build A freeway through our core this city has been and will continue to be a city looking to become greener and more sustainable to both insulate us from the many possible dangers of the future as well as to improve all of ours and the worlds well being.

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    19 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Jimmy commented  · 

    @ Shaye A long time ago before much of Vancouver as we see it now existed. the area we all lived around once had creeks that ran through it. During some of the busy development years most if not all of them were diverted from there channels or covered over using a number of methods usually through coverts and daylighting them again would involve a number of things. 1) removing the covered surface 2) restoring the creeks shores and channel mostly through adding gravel and stone 3) addition of trees on side, introduction of salmon and I guess monitoring flow 4) examining to determine water quality....

    In South Korea the did this on a much larger scale for a large freeway and the result was quite amazing check out the following link. http://www.design-e2.com/ then click on Web Cast and then select Seol: Stream of Consciousness

    I hope you learned a bit about the subject. I would be nice to see more creeks in this city. I grew up in Langley and there are a number of creeks around where I grew up and I often enjoyed going to check them out during the salmon migration period to check them out as the swam up the creeks.

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    I think giving back life to our water ways is fabulous. I think it will help the salmon population and also I think that reviving these creeks will also bring back wild life to the city and help to make vancouver greener. The creeks are also a great way to help to further cool the heat of the city from all the pavement in the city. Great idea I wish I had more votes to put to this but I am running low and have other things I want to vote on.

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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    I like this idea and would like to add a additional idea to this one as my idea is linked in this in that I would like the city to push for a policy of grey water usage for at the very least toilet flushing in all new buildings and also retrofitting of all municipal, government, and private buildings that will be having renovations in the near future.

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    @Lawson The auto industry and the many industries that are connected to it are significantly subsidized and cycling and walking both reduces congestion on our roads as well helps those that absolutely must drive have lower fuel cost. I must say that we as cyclist have a much smaller foot print and do less damage to our environment then the hunks of metal the the automobile is symbolic of. Cyclist also contribute significantly to the local economy as the money not spent on the auto industry is then spent on the local business which means more money in our community which in turn keeps jobs here and money here and not going to the east coast and to a bunch of oils executives. Cyclist are also much more quite and when you think of urban noise the biggest contributor is the automobile and if we didn't have then the air and our ears would thank us all. I hope I was able open your eyes to why your suggestion is not one I can support!

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    @Greenest City Planning Team, I do either a gift card or a voucher to purchase a bike or even when Vancouver has a bike share program a free membership for as long as they don't own a vehicle.

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    21 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    @Greenest City Planning Team, The following linked image is a good example. I would use your imagination as it currently doesn't have a organics place in the form but it give you a good idea of what I am thinking of and it does have the same premise as the recepticals at the Rise. Oh and oviously the slots would have to be placed on the side to prevent water going in as we do live in Vancouver.

    Link: http://www.wybone.co.uk/download/pictures/Torpedo/trans1.jpg

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    A example on one I am talking about is the structure accross from the CPR Water Front Station where all those cars are parked. I would love to see that structure demolished and in its place built a office building and with retail on the ground floor. Theres another one I think in China town and in the area of between West Georgia/Seymour/Dunsmuir/Richard Streets respectively. I think if we are going to have them only have then under ground and use any available verticle above the ground space for human use.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    28 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Jimmy commented  · 

    How about all packaging in general! Thus people can take home there stuff and then return the packaging and get there refund. It would dramatically reduce the amount of waste we produce.

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    The trolleys also are more efficient especially when you think of the electric car once again you have a vehicle carrying approximately 5 people compared to a trolley bus carrying much more so you get more per mile out of a trolley then a electric vehicle. I agree though that the best and main focus should be bicycles as they are the one true clean and efficient method of transport!

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    Thanks for sharing this idea!

    The city’s new active transportation plan will soon be in development, and hopefully completed within the next year.

    A big part of the work ahead is to identify the complete cycling network, and the type of facility that is most appropriate and/or feasible for different routes. In some cases (e.g. busy arterial routes), separated lanes might be the best approach; in other cases (e.g. lower car volume neighbourhood streets), enhanced traffic calming and/or further reducing car access might be more appropriate. Travis cited some great examples in the Netherlands where cars are ‘guests’ that are allowed in, but do not dominate.

    In all cases, the goal should be to make routes that feel safe to all potential cyclists, including beginners, children, and seniors.

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

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    Also reduce the widths of these streets and even plant trees and greenery in these streets with the new space. the remaining space for bikes I would love to have them be lined with brick or stone that has space in between thus allowing rain water to drain slowly into the ground reducing storm water run off and helping to refill our water aquifers in the ground. Also this takes pressure off the storm water system.

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    5 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Having a bin would make things much easier and also you save on a) bags flying during Vancouver's windy season b) we could automate the collection saving labour cost c) larger container means more ability to recycle more d)Gets peoples attention more I have always thought that the bags really seemed like a ohh and we recycle paper instead of grabbing peoples attention which occurs with a large bin.

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    3 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Jimmy commented  · 

    Or:
    You could also build a solar array which would also be cool and I think might generate more power in that area while still being symbolical. Oh and to fund it why not cell the naming rights of the individual solar cells to people donating money sort of like park benches but in this case solar cells/panels.

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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Jimmy commented  · 

    The ban should include:
    -Cups
    -Take out
    -packaging
    -etc.

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    This is a policy direction that was adopted in the 1997 Transportation Plan. Staff have since been in discussion with provincial officials about legislative changes to support municipal control over blanket speed limits. Unfortunately those changes have not yet been adopted by the province.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Improve access to nature  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    As the City reviews land use policy and development bylaws through Community, Central Area, and City-Wide planning programs, opportunities for increased residential density (particularly in walkable neighbourhoods with good transit connections) are actively pursued (in balance with concerns for neighbourhood character and community involvement in city building decisions at the neighbourhood level).

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    We have looked at the ""green lanes" pilots and reported to Council in 2008 (summary — they’re 3-4 times more expensive than our now-standard strip pavement, there is a definite "price point’ of how much residents would be willing to pay for the treatment, and they will likely have higher maintenance costs and a shorter service life). We’re currently finalizing our test site for the lower-cost lane treatment option — a permeable lane pavement design.

    Here is the full Council report, including the resident survey.

    http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20081030/documents/pe4.pdf

    Definitely an option for Council to increase the funding (reduce the property owner’s share) for these projects to promote more green lanes. More broadly speaking, the Greenest City team is supportive of the idea to make make laneways and alleys more pedestrian friendly environments, while maintaining essential functions (e.g. access for loading, parking and waste collection).

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