How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

Erica

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    Transit (and transit fares!) are controlled by TransLink, not the city. Having said that, reducing or eliminating transit fares is an interesting idea.

    Unfortunately it’s not very feasible, at least as TransLink is currently funded. Unlike most North American cities, Vancouver’s transit problems aren’t due to a lack of demand but rather a lack of capacity. Anyone who’s ever tried to squeeze onto one of our busy buses or trains knows this all too well — there isn’t enough space even when people have to pay, let alone accommodate the additional demand that would be created if transit were free. Compare this to cities with fare-free zones, which are typically struggling for increase demand, and which typically have (a) less frequent service and/or (b) plenty of extra capacity to accommodate more riders.

    In Vancouver, we need to provide more transit capacity to meet existing demand — and a LOT more…

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    Erica commented  · 

    If we gave Translink this much power, there would be a toll on every bridge, street and lane way in no time. For this to be successful we need to have our public transit operated by a public organization again that is specifically mandated by the local and municipal government to exceed the level of service required for the GVRD well ahead of that need.

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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Off topic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Erica commented  · 

    As per Jessica's comment: Ever been to Harbour Centre? How about focusing on greening an existing university and supporting programs and faculties educating the next leaders in sustainability, resource management and dialogue (on account of we can't get anything done in the first place without some good communication!). SFU already offers some such programs.

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    11 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Erica commented  · 

    I wonder if we could see an initiative like this help keep our parks green in the summer months? It's a bummer to meet friends and families to play on dirt fields midway through July! Not to mention, when the grass dries up it can have a hard time recovering again in the highly trafficked areas and turns to mud all winter.

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    31 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  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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    25 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The City supports Metro Vancouver’s plans to ban food scraps from the incinerator and landfills by 2015. The City will collaborate with Metro Vancouver to develop and implement a plan to ensure apartments, condos, businesses and institutions have access to food scraps collection programs before the ban comes into effect.

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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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    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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    Erica commented  · 

    Not so Lawson. Simply not so.

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    Erica commented  · 

    This intersection is only dangerous because vehicles on Campbell do not observe their stop sign. Good bike routes like Union do not have a mandatory stop at every intersection, allowing bike traffic to flow smoothly. How about just posting a police officer at that intersection on occasion and at key commuter hours to smarten up drivers?

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    Erica commented  · 

    @Maureen: The bus and skytrain systems are largely functional. Not great, but functional. Those of us who choose to cycle do it to save time (my wait for my bike is 0 minutes and I regularly beat the bus on routes that are 10k or less), connect the dots from home to transit or between major routes, stay healthier (in terms of fitness and reduced exposure to germs that cause illness) and alleviate congestion on major traffic routes and on transit. If the folks who cannot store a bike in their homes or apartments could have access to a bike rental program that would allow them to make the last leg of their trip by bike each day, I would personally be for it. Not to mention these programs tend to be pretty popular with tourists.

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    Erica commented  · 

    This is a great idea and would ease pedestrian clutter at busy intersections by decreasing the density of people standing as close to a 4-5 foot area of the curb as possible. However, will this make it harder for cars turning right to check for pedestrians stepping out into the street at the last moment?

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Erica commented  · 

    Any idea whether this will be extended to include apartment buildings too? We comprise a large portion of residences in Vancouver and are eager to participate!

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