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Archive for November 2nd, 2007

VIVE LA VÉLORUTION

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Der Speigel

A lot of cities are copying the Paris bike rental scheme. I wonder how long before we do?

Paris velo

JCDecaux, the world’s second biggest outdoor advertising company, is also the company that now provides bus shelters in the City of Vancouver. They are also the company that runs this project. The only downside that I can see is that in Paris it is funded by billboards, and I think we have quite enough of those already.

UPDATE November 30

The Vancouver Sun this morning says the Translink is now looking at this

“I wouldn’t expect it everywhere,” said TransLink vice-chair Marvin Hunt, also a Surrey city councillor. “I would expect them where there is a concentration of businesses. And I wouldn’t expect them at the King George Station at all or a station like Joyce.”

Well it doesn’t really matter what you think does it, Marvin? As of next January you will not be able to influence Translink decisions like this unless as a Surrey Councillor you decide to block it at King George – though why it could not work there is beyond me. Joyce would seem to me to be ideal. One of the few places in Vancouver where transit oriented development has actually been allowed to occur.

Gordon Price also called it a “great idea.”

He had one caution, though.

“The big problem is helmets.” In Europe, helmets aren’t required or supplied. In the Lower Mainland, it’s illegal to ride without a helmet.

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November 2, 2007 at 4:12 pm

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Rapid Bus on Port Mann Bridge Now

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Learn how cost-effective rapid bus service could work over the heavily congested Port Mann Bridge tomorrow – using a queue-jumper bypass lane. While the BC Liberal government insists on twinning the Port Mann as a part of Gateway, their $3 billion highway megaplan, the Livable Region Coalition says transit can be restored to the existing bridge. They say the most critical tool to fight climate change and regional traffic congestion is a major investment in public transit. Bus service over the Port Mann Bridge is an important and achievable first step.

Written by Stephen Rees

November 2, 2007 at 9:51 am

Posted in Transportation