How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    Great idea!
    The City has been interested in scramble intersections for some time, and staff are currently exploring different locations where they might be suitable. High pedestrian volumes are an important criteria, although there are other considerations as well.
    Those interested in learning more about pedestrian volumes downtown and throughout the city might want to check out the City’s 2001-2002 Pedestrian study (http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/pedstudy/).

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    started  ·  26 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    robalder commented  · 

    Keep the water fountains coming. Those new water bottle stations at Britannia, and at Broadway and Commercial make getting around the city better. Please keep adding them to more neighbourhoods!

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    robalder commented  · 

    Please take this further, and eliminate parking requirements entirely. These requirements artificially inflate the supply of parking and thus the amount of car traffic in the city and hide the costs of parking in everything else so that you pay for parking whether or not you drive.

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    The City has supported projects that have voluntarily unbundled parking (e.g. Spectrum), and is actively working to gain authority to require unbundling in new development — this requires changes to Provincial legislation. In 2008, the City proposed the Unbundled Parking Resolution to give BC municipalities the authority to require unbundling in new development. This was passed by the Union of BC Municipalities. Provincial response to date: The Ministry of Community Development will review the proposal and refer the issue to the Development Finance Review Committee for discussion.

    robalder commented  · 

    Absolutely this needs to be done if there is ever going to be hope for my generation to afford to live in the city the cost of parking spots -needs- to be unbundled from the cost of housing. Let drivers pay the true costs of their travel.

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    2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    robalder commented  · 

    How?

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    Thanks for sharing this idea!

    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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    This is a laudable idea, but one that is challenging for the city to undertake. It may be more appropriately handled at a provincial or federal level. The cost of bikes pales in comparison to the cost of cars, so other solutions that increase opportunities for affordable housing nearer people’s places of work will make it easier for residents to give up at least one family car and invest those significant savings in other modes of transportation.

    robalder commented  · 

    Check out this link for one option:

    http://www.pedalpower.org/?q=education

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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 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    robalder commented  · 

    What matters more, efficiency wise, would seem to be how full the trucks are. If the trucks are filling up then cutting the service to semimonthly would possibly increase wasted driving.

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    0 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Create green jobs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    robalder commented  · 

    I don't think you can ever have 100% fare collection, there will always be some people slipping through the cracks. There has to be an optimal collection rate beyond which the costs of trying to collect from more people outweigh the revenues that could be collected. Besides aren't there worse things you could be subsidizing?

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    9 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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.

    robalder commented  · 

    Re: Ken Lawson

    You demonstrate a general lack of understanding of the costs to society of different modes of transportation. Cycling is a much more efficient form of transportation, not only for the individual but for the city as a whole. Your car takes up a massive amount of land in this city for roads and for various parking spaces around town that you do not cover the costs of. Beyond that there are the externalized costs of added road congestion, air pollution, global warming, weakened community, and increased risk to other road users. A great book to read if you are interested in learning about these things is The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald C. Shoup available at VPL.

    So please don't act like you are more entitled to the use of the road without at least trying to challenge your gut emotional reaction with some new ideas.

    "Sophie: You can have them all you want after you pay for your Annual Bike License of $150 you do not expect to pay less than dogs do you, Pay for your Access Fee to the area you want to ride in say Stanley Park, Pay Tolls to enter the bike lanes on all Bridges and Viaducts, Pay for Parking of your Bike with meters they have for Cars. the only thing differ will be that you can use your pennies to pay."

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