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If you haven't heard about the Bixi Bike program, you should read up on it here. Gordon Price has a great little piece on how the bikes can even be used as stationary exercise bikes when docked. (Though, one wonder why they don't just take them around the block...) Another health benefit! Vancouver next, please!  David Byrne of the Talking Heads talks his head off about his perfect city.What goes on under the sidewalk? An interesting article on sidewalk trees.Rapid Transit project around the world - Re:place Magazine. Ryerson's Maple Leaf Gardens Renovation, 6 months left.

SFU Lecture - Jarrett Walker

New Lecture:
August 4, 7 pm
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free; reservations are required.
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As transit becomes more popular, many cities are having intense and often bitter quarrels about what kind of transit to build or operate. Working from his 20 years of experience as a transit planning consultant, Jarrett Walker examines some of the most common confusions that affect debates about transit, and that often lead to disappointing outcomes. He then suggests strategies for clarifying transit debates, by recognizing the unavoidable “hard choices” that arise from transit’s intrinsic geometry and costs.

Jarrett Walker is a consultant specialising in transit network design and policy, with 20 years experience on four continents. He grew up in Portland and has been based in Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Currently, he is a Principal Consultant for McCormick Rankin Cag…

Active Transportation and Comparing Costs

I have been doing a lot of reading lately on bicycle infrastructure and related programs and policies (Pedaling Revolution). I am also the new Bicycling Transportation Coordinator for Vancouver Public Spaces Network. So, I have got bikes-on-the-brain. As someone who's relatively new to riding, I'm a huge supporter of Vancouver's effort to make cycling have a  much larger role in our transportation network.

This has also lead me to reading up on 'Active Transportation'. This is, of course, transportation that uses the human body...but not in that creepy Matrix-machines-sucking-human-energy-way. Rather than relying on your car (fossil fuels, etc.) to convey you to your destinations, bike instead. It's a zero emission solution that can also be a hassle free, cheap alternative to your car...oh, and you get exercise, too.

Public Health Agency Canada (under Health Canada), supports Active Transportation policies and has some great information. They even ask you to co…

Jack Poole Plaza

I ended up reading my book, Pedaling Revolution by Jeff Mapes, in Jack Poole Plaza for a few hours today. I wandered under one of those glass-shade benches and sat down with my back against the steel beam. As I read, I occasionally glanced up to take in the plaza. As a public space it's very poorly designed, in my opinion. For one, the separate levels make accessibility an issue even though the levels meet at certain points. The seating is designed to look at the water or at the city and not into the plaza (the only seats that people used were the reclining seats that looked towards coal harbour). Another reason is that there's nothing really holding people in the plaza. Most people, in true Vancouver fashion, gravitate towards the edges - the ocean view or the Olympic Cauldron (neither held much interest save for a few photo ops). I'd hope to see table and chairs and people having coffee or eating their meals.

The only people who attempted to use the plaza were 6 teenage…


Translink is raising their park-n-ride parking fee to $3 from $2. The Province finds someone to complain about this "huge increase."Gordon Price talks to the Dependent about the Gateway Project which he believes sends a "very clear message that we are going to organize our transportation system in the fastest growing parts of our region around vehicles, almost exclusively, and anything else isn’t to be taken seriously."The Planning Pool goes for a Vancouver cycling tour.  Gehry talks about LEED! Also, Governments can do that?! "The Swiss government said the Novartis building couldn’t be air-conditioned. So we had to come up with another way to regulate the temperature. We built it entirely out of glass and cooled it with a geothermal system. The roof panels were made with photovoltaic glass that generates energy. And there is an opening at the top that lets hot air out — like a teepee. In the end, there’s no one way to do it, you have to be creativ…

Central Valley Greenway

Two days ago, I biked the Central Valley Greenway (CVG) for the first time. For those that don't know the CGV is a trail that goes from Science World to New Westminster Quay. The Greenway consists of separated paved and unpaved surfaces and on-road shoulder bike lanes.

I started at my place near Metrotown and traveled North, eventually joining the trail at Willingdon just passed Highway 1. For the most part, I was impressed at separated paths but there was a gravel section that was under construction or is being re-routed because it went through a dump with paper and garbage strewn everywhere. I didn't notice any lighting in this section either.

When I got to the junction of the CVG and the Cariboo trail, I accidentally took the Caribou trail. There was insufficient signage at this juncture and it could use a couple of clear signs because the path diverges into pedestrian and bike only. *edit* I actually called Translink at this point because I thought since they manage the…