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  • Karen Quinn Fung, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    at the School of Community and Regional Planning University of British Columbia She is interested in the impact of technology on society and cities community engagement for open government and transportation planning When she s not working on her thesis she writes on these topics and more at countablyinfinite her personal blog and Translinked a group blog about transit culture or making serious thinking about public transit for the Vancouver Public Space Network and the transit advocacy coalition Get on Board BC Events Ballots and Buses Dialogue on Transit in Vancouver May 21st The Vancouver Public Space Network will be hosting a dialogue about why a yes vote is vital for the vibrancy of our city and Read More Events VPSN 2013 Annual General Meeting July 25th The Vancouver Public Space Network will be holding its Annual General Meeting this coming Thursday July 25 In keeping with Read More Culture Taxicabs and the future of getting around On October 5th Maclure s celebrated 100 years of operation as a taxicab business in the Lower Mainland Those 100 years have Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown

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  • EVENT - Moving Forward presents Trivia Night at the Tangent Café, April 13th - Spacing Vancouver
    Forward a data driven project about the Metro Vancouver referendum Throughout the past several weeks the group has published extensive reports on regional transportation data with the aim of helping voters make sense of the complex issues surrounding the ongoing plebiscite So far their reports have covered funding sources for transportation explaining why revenues aren t projected to meet increased demands from growth in the region and explored how transportation funding is spent in Metro Vancouver Last week the group s most ambitious report yet a Cost of Commute Calculator captured the wider cost and benefit of driving taking the bus cycling and walking in Metro Vancouver Moving Forward has been making an impact so far over 10 000 people calculated the costs of their trips in just a single day last week Data for the trivia night was gleaned from all the research that went into their reports In order to keep publishing through to the end of the vote we re asking those who value our work to help us reach our funding target by supporting our Indiegogo campaign says Erin Millar co founder of Discourse Media and managing editor of Moving Forward We also just want to have some fun by throwing a geeky party So come join us and our journalist friends for beers and transportation trivia When Monday April 13 Door open 6 pm Transit trivia starts 7pm Where Tangent Cafe 2095 Commercial Drive The cost of entry to the event is the cost of your commute Calculate it here http spacing ca vancouver 2015 04 06 full cost commute To support the Moving Forward crowdfunding campaign visit igg me at Moving Forward Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts RELEASE Moving Forward Transit Referendum Campaign What is the full

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/04/09/event-moving-forward-presents-trivia-night-tangent-cafe-april-13th/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Video Vancouver: Understanding the Transit Referendum - Spacing Vancouver
    Events Features Film Video Food Green Space Headlines History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Film Video Comments 0 Tweet Video Vancouver Understanding the Transit Referendum March 14 2015 By Yuri Artibise Via Moving in a Livabale Region Starting March 16 Metro Vancouver residents are being asked to vote on transportation improvements through a mail in ballot Find out more about the referendum Find out more about the transportation improvements See if you are registered to vote Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts RELEASE Register and Vote Yes Transportation and Transit Referendum Transportation Plebiscite no better engagement strategies Ballots and Buses Dialogue on Transit in Vancouver May 21st RELEASE RAIC Call to Action Vote YES Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver in 2040 Adaptive Re Use through Loft Style Living Cartographically Speaking Variation in Food Access for Vancouver Neighbourhoods Do High Rise Towers Destroy Community Vancouver s True Colours Inspired by Nature From the Spacing Store 22 Buy yourself a subscription

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/14/video-vancouver-understanding-transit-referendum/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Video Vancouver: Our Story. Our Future. - Spacing Vancouver
    coming months Metro Vancouver residents will be voting on a new transportation package proposed by The Mayor s Council A successful yes vote in this plebiscite will be a triumph its failure a historic loss One way or another we will be deciding the future of our region including our quality of lives economy environment and the prospects for our children It s that big a deal The creative team at Modacity under the leadership of SFU City Program Director Gordon Price produced this film making the case for this crucial investment in a first class transportation system It tells the story of how we managed to build one of the most liveable cities in the world and how this single decision will shape our future for decades to come For more information please visit www ourstoryourfuture com Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Video Vancouver To Build a Better City 1964 EVENTS Restoring Community Documentary and Discussion of Sustainability Heritage and Community Video Vancouver Understanding the Transit Referendum Transportation Plebiscite no better engagement strategies Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/05/video-vancouver-story-future/ (2015-11-16)
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  • The Comprehensive Costs of Transportation and Metro Vancouver - Conclusion - Spacing Vancouver
    through which transportation affects individuals and society continue to be better understood e g health environmental economic impacts the need for more comprehensive estimates of transportation impacts will only continue to grow These would be especially beneficial if they were presented as practical planning tools for governments and professionals to use in policy and decision making processes To this end the focus of my analysis has sought to address this critical gap in the professional knowledge base in Canada If you ve been following the series no doubt you may have been surprised by many of the findings presented Indeed as discussed throughout the previous five articles study results include many useful findings regarding transportation impacts that help to address many of the topical planning issues presently at play in the Metro Vancouver Region In the end I ve tried to provide a source of information which will inevitably become increasingly in demand by policy makers and practitioners After all it is the job of transportation professionals to continue to provide the best possible information and advocate for the best solutions It s my hope that this work contributes to this end Just in case you missed earlier pieces of The Comprehensive Costs of Transportation and Metro Vancouver Introduction Part 1 Costs and Benefits of Transportation in Vancouver Part 2 Investing in Transit is Imperative for Metro Vancouver Part 3 The Business Case for Active Transportation Part 4 Transportation Equity and what it Means for Metro Vancouver Part 5 A New Tool for Cost Benefit Analysis of Transportation Projects George Poulos EIT MSCP is a transportation engineer in training as well as a recent Masters graduate of the School of Regional and Community Planning SCARP at UBC He has previously worked for consulting engineers on a variety of transportation and municipal projects Originally from Ontario he currently lives in Vancouver Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Metro Vancouverites Reject Improvements to Transit RELEASE RAIC Call to Action Vote YES Transportation Plebiscite no better engagement strategies RELEASE Register and Vote Yes Transportation and Transit Referendum Tweet More posts by George Poulos 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Cole Hendrigan CHendrigan 1 year ago I am very impressed with this series Is it too complex a topic too lengthy a discourse too long to be a good sound bite to be retweeted or otherwise shared by the thousands across Vancouver or the country Great writing style well documented argument necessary data driven narrative It is funny that it takes and engineer to know from the inside the types of arguments necessary to sway the discussion George Poulos 12 months ago Hi Cole I m glad you liked the series I too agree that the points made in the series have significant bearing on transportation issues and in our political discourse However from a purely methodological perspective

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/10/22/the-comprehensive-costs-of-transportation-and-metro-vancouver-conclusion/ (2015-11-16)
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  • George Poulos, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    He has previously worked for consulting engineers on a variety of transportation and municipal projects Originally from Ontario he currently lives in Vancouver Infrastructure The False Creek Pump Station On Saturday October 4th the City of Vancouver hosted Doors Open Vancouver a unique event which provided a rare opportunity for Read More Features The Comprehensive Costs of Transportation and Metro Vancouver Conclusion EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the conclusion to George Poulos in depth series focusing on the Read More Features CCT Part 5 A New Tool for Cost Benefit Analysis of Transportation Projects EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the fifth part of George Poulos in depth series focusing on the Read More Transit CCT Part 4 Transportation Equity and what it Means for Metro Vancouver EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the fourth part of George Poulos in depth series focusing on the Read More Bikes CCT Part 3 The Business Case for Active Transportation EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the third part of George Poulos in depth series focusing on the Read More Transit CCT Part 2 Investing in Transit is Imperative for Metro Vancouver EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the second part of George Poulos in depth series focusing on the Read More Transit CCT Part 1 Costs and Benefits of Transportation in Vancouver EDITOR S NOTE We are please to offer our readers the first part of George Poulos wonderful in depth series of pieces Read More Traffic The Comprehensive Costs of Transportation Metro Vancouver CCT Introduction If you re a keen transportation observer in the Metro Vancouver region you will likely be aware that our local governments have some Read More

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/georgepoulos/ (2015-11-16)
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  • CCT Part 5 - A New Tool for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Transportation Projects - Spacing Vancouver
    This could go a long way in replacing speculation with analysis After all similar processes are already standard features in Denmark and other places when walking and cycle infrastructure projects are proposed I see implementing such procedures as beneficial to all parties Such processes would help legitimize these projects in the eyes of the higher governments and the industry which have at times been slow to adopt new engineering practices to suite modern planning contexts This would be no different than the current processes that are common place and in some cases required for traditional infrastructure projects These processes would help to assuage public skepticism that appropriate scrutiny has been paid to potential tradeoffs when implementing such projects and help to ensure the best options for implementation are selected The outcome of such analyses could also potentially benefit municipal council s efforts to promote further transportation demand management policies and contribute more useful literature to the global base of best practices in active transportation planning To this end I have proposed a preliminary framework for analyzing such projects using the Vancouver separated bike lanes as an example This is illustrated in Figure 2 0 As can be seen this project is an excellent example of the fact that infrastructure project in public right of ways are often couched within a framework that includes considerations beyond transportation impacts Figure 2 0 Potential Analysis Framework for Cost Benefit Analysis of Vancouver Separated Bike Lanes Understandably capturing a complete list of tradeoffs requires substantial data inputs In some regards this is complicated by the fact that many pathways and outcomes are not yet entirely clear and would benefit from more longitudinal data collected over many years This is especially the case for business impacts such as retail sales and property values for businesses along the alignment of a greenway separated bike way or the like In the meantime however unit costs would allow for more comprehensive transportation impacts to be calculated given the appropriate data and methodology As can be seen from Figure 2 0 the calculation of transportation impacts is holistic it considers any user who is affected by the changes in question This includes both system users i e cyclists who may be using the bike lanes and non system users such as motorists transit users or pedestrians travelling on adjacent or nearby streets Furthermore it consists of the totality of both internal and external cost benefits which are derived as a result of this activity In other words it represents the total value or sum of the monetary tradeoffs that relate to transportation outcomes For example a bicycle lane may decrease travel time improve safety result in health benefits for X number of cyclists and for society reduce pollution or reduce vehicle trips yet increase travel time for Y amount of motorists In the end the magnitude of these tradeoffs determines the total value of transportation impacts With this in mind we can make trial of a hypothetical example to

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  • CCT Part 4 - Transportation Equity and what it Means for Metro Vancouver - Spacing Vancouver
    schemes which have been proposed as a mechanism to promote transportation equity While not a popular proposition in the eyes of many the rationale behind road pricing schemes are sound To redeem a part of the external costs of driving by internalizing them to the user user equity To price the use of roads commensurate with the utility it provides to users To serve as a source of funding for high quality transportation alternatives equity of investment One can understand the function of road pricing acting through these three mechanisms as a cycle By valuing the costs of driving in proportion to its impacts user perception and behavior would inevitably change For example a personal vehicle would be used only for those trips which the user deemed to merit the cost This can be expected to reduce overall vehicle kilometres travelled VKT Taken together with further VKT reductions stemming from improved management of trips by alternative modes which would be funded to great effect by road pricing schemes thereby increasing their utility the relative utility of roads would actually increase Why Because less traffic on the roads would enable road users to actually exercise the primary utility of an automobile the ability to travel at relatively high average speeds towards a personalized destination just like in the commercials As it stands now anyone who has driven through Metro Vancouver will attest to the fact that at times a large part of driving involves dancing the slow waltz In the end road users would be paying a commensurate fee for an efficient and fast mode of transportation in the same way that transit users currently pay a fare to access a broad system of travel or for the utility of riding along an exclusive corridor at high speed The alternative to this proposition can be drawn from our present day outlook to retain roads that are highly variable at times inoperable continually degrading in level of service yet ostensibly free All this considered road pricing schemes are still a very delicate proposition After all they are intended to ameliorate unsustainable transportation behavior and investment practices not to be a punitive measure for individuals without other alternatives In reality these schemes are largely feasible and successful in reducing VKT in areas that have already achieved a requisite level of transportation diversity or are planning for it Meaning other high quality options are or will become available This is why these schemes have been presently limited to city centres in many places Despite these considerations it does not change the reality that driving has been made artificially cheap and this has created a gap between costs and charges that is undeniable Left unabated this gap will presage an eventual reckoning of costs that the Metro Region would do very well to avoid This can be understood through the concept of transportation equity and the three indicators mentioned above i e options funding and user payment The reader can imagine this device acting as

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