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  • CCT Part 3 - The Business Case for Active Transportation - Spacing Vancouver
    as these results are they still only form part of the overall benefits of active transportation The health benefits described can be considered to be direct benefits that is the benefit that is derived from the very act of partaking in this activity However active transportation trips also have the tremendous potential to achieve indirect benefits which can be considered ancillary to the activity In much the same the same way as the benefits of transit in Vancouver were calculated through averted costs the same calculation can be made for active transportation After all a biking or a pedestrian trip could represent one less car off the road or one less passenger on a crowded bus Although it would be incorrect to suppose that each active transportation trip acts as a substitute for a trip of another mode a recreational trip or a short walk to the store would likely never be undertaken by other modes a redistribution of new trips can be made between two different points in time according to changes in modal growth rates and mode shares Such a comparison can be made by examining these figures as reported in the Translink Trip Diary Survey for the City of Vancouver in the years 2008 and 2011 Based upon the growth in active transportation trips between these years total societal savings can be made on the basis of direct health benefits as well as savings resulting from averted costs These are illustrated in Table 3 0 below As can be seen the raw increase in walking and biking trips between 2008 and 2011 has resulted in direct societal savings of approximately 8 3 million However when secondary savings from averted costs are figured in these savings total between approximately 18 7 and 25 6 million Therefore as impressive as the direct yearly savings from active transportation trips are they are likely much higher owing to the fact that a fraction of those trips likely avert external costs of less economical modes Table 3 0 Societal Savings Resulting from Active Transportation Increases in Vancouver between 2008 and 2011 CAD 2012 Prices Taken together these results represent aggregate benefits derived from all active trips across all purposes These include for example the morning commutes on foot bike trips on painted cycle lanes recreational trips on off street trails or those trips across the downtown separated bike lanes Of course the strong and upwards trending active mode shares in the City of Vancouver owes its existence to a confluence of events density and mixed land uses along major centres of population and employment a geography and scenery most suited to outdoor activity and the provision of supporting infrastructure amenities and space to the effect of making these modes convenient desirable and safe Out of all of these considerations it is the last that forms the only major point of contention after all it is very hard to complain about someone merely walking to work or enjoying a bike ride along an

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/10/13/cct-part-3-the-business-case-for-active-transportation/ (2015-11-16)
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  • CCT Part 2 - Investing in Transit is Imperative for Metro Vancouver - Spacing Vancouver
    kilometres travelled VKT to completely oversaturate Vancouver s road network Indeed historic trends in Vancouver indicate a continually decreasing rate of growth in total VKT i e tending towards a flat line while at the same time indicate steadily increasing growth rates in walking cycling and transit use This means that if these alternatives were not assuming the majority of new trips the gross yearly increase in trip making which increases each year would necessarily have found their way onto the roads and slowly filled them towards capacity That this does not happen is a credit to many factors It also means we can make an estimate of how much money is saved by averting this otherwise certain eventuality Consider what external transportation costs in the City of Vancouver would be if the roads had in fact reached the limits of their capacity over time again requiring only a fraction of those trips presently averted by other modes Of course under this scenario there would still be walking cycling and transit options available only that these modes would not be as well developed as a consequence of for example not investing in these alternatives to keep pace with growth After making a correction for trips averted by walking and cycling we can further isolate those savings derived by the bus system and Skytrain ridership in Vancouver This can be done using a cost differential or the difference in external cost per passenger kilometer between passenger vehicles and each transit mode To this end we can say that in 2011 in Vancouver the bus and the Skytrain system delivered savings to society of between approximately 412 million and 780 million Put another way without this reduction total yearly external transportation costs in the City of Vancouver would have increased by 32 to 38 These savings were derived from averted costs accidents that didn t happen delay saved through reduced congestion pollution that was never emitted and the like As high as these saving are they are still limited to only those considered for the City of Vancouver It can therefore be safely said that across the region not only do Translink s present day operations among other alternatives keep the roads operable for all of us but deliver savings to society well into the billions each year In the interest of fairness it would be too simple to give the credit entirely to the notion of good transit options itself As it is well known by many land use and transportation cannot be divorced from one another and these results must be considered together with the great efforts made to build areas of high density mixed use in Vancouver and in many other places across the region Either way it is in this relationship that the prime takeaways for the region can be gleaned In a way we can consider the present state of transportation activity in Vancouver mode shares preferences amenities etc to be a window into the future for

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/10/08/cct-part-2-investing-in-transit-is-imperative-for-metro-vancouver/ (2015-11-16)
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  • CCT Part 1 - Costs and Benefits of Transportation in Vancouver - Spacing Vancouver
    may be interpreted as either internal or external to the consumer user Internal costs also called personal costs are those that are borne directly by the user in normal market transactions These include transit fares the price of gasoline or the cost of a bicycle However costs resulting from transportation activities that are not redeemed by the user are necessarily off loaded onto society These are known as external or societal costs These can include the impacts of congestion the effects of pollution or the cost of maintaining infrastructure Understandably it is internal costs that resonate more with the individual and characterize their perception of the cost and relative utility of a mode of transportation however even certain internal costs are not always apparent to the user And yet it is the external costs of transportation that impart the greatest albeit hidden significance on matters of regional or long term transportation planning At least that s the idea To say that the study of transportation externalities has been neglected in Canada would be an understatement Barely a blip on the radar of Transport Canada they can be largely considered the purview of academics and do not figure as prominently as they could or should in my opinion in decision making processes For a suitable look at a deeper pool of relevant literature the inquisitive reader must be referred to our European counterparts some good examples would be Germany Denmark Sweden or the UK Here these metrics have been quite rightly put to good use as inputs into policy making and in evaluating investments in major infrastructure projects Either way it is in considering both internal and external costs that we can gain an appreciation of the true measure of transportation costs It was towards this goal that I set about laying down a process to measure these costs in the City of Vancouver This encompasses all purpose transportation according to five modes passenger vehicles transit buses the Skytrain as well as walking and cycling In total 12 different cost components were considered and include those typically associated with motorized travel such as congestion pollution infrastructure costs etc internal costs such as travel time and operating expenses as well as the health benefits of active transportation In the end costs and benefits are presented as a unit rate of cost per passenger kilometer p km and represent average aggregate values across the entire City of Vancouver Results are illustrated in Table 1 0 Table 1 0 Internal and External Costs per Passenger Kilometer by Mode in Vancouver p km 2012 CAD Prices As an extension of these results unit rates can be combined with transportation statistics in this case Vancouver s share of data from the Translink 2011 Trip Diary Survey to produce estimates of aggregated yearly external transportation costs and benefits for the City These are illustrated in Table 2 0 Table 2 0 Summary of Total Societal External Costs of Transportation in Vancouver in 2011 2012 CAD Prices Of

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/10/06/cct-part-1-costs-and-benefits-of-transportation-in-vancouver/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENTS: Groundswell Walking Tours—July 14, 21 & 28 - Spacing Vancouver
    social impact businesses co operatives etc are found Being located in the DTES surrounds Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives with incredibly deep local and historical knowledge lived experience and place based ex pertise creating an abundance of social and community capital Groundswell is hosting a series of walking tours to explore this unique social and economic ecosystem and share what they ve learned from their neighbours partners and alumni that make this neighbourhood a hub for innovative social action Come and get to know the people and places that help make up the beating heart of Vancouver s social economy Details Tour 1 New Ventures Doing it Differently July 14th 4 00 pm start Tour 2 The Global Local Connection of Vancouver Eastside s Social Enterprises July 21st 4 00 pm start Tour 3 What is actually going on here Innovative Uses of Urban Space July 28th 4 00 pm start Check out Eventbrite for tickets and more information on the tours Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT The Granville Social July 18 19 EVENT Doors Open Vancouver Oct 3rd RELEASE Lead a Jane s Walk in the 2015 Jane s Walk Festival EVENT

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/11/events-groundswell-walking-tours-july-14-21-28/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Keeping Connected – Passing on What We’ve Learned to the Next Generation - Spacing Vancouver
    point I then identified how many of those locations fell within two significant perimeters how far they could travel in twenty minutes walking and cycling or one and a half and four kilometres respectively Many were surprised to see that their homes and other common destinations landed well within the cycling radius and a large majority actually fell within the walking perimeter By pointing out this reality I then discussed with the students the many benefits of using active transportation to get around from increased confidence and independence but also the health benefits both physically and mentally Although a benefit to both grade groups I couldn t help feel that the grade sevens were more piqued by the knowledge that walking or cycling to school could actually benefit their academic performance In the end I challenged the students to identify one destination they usually get to by car and try getting there through active transportation For children like my own who walk and ride almost everywhere I suggested they pick a destination outside of their bubble and push themselves to go a bit further For my daughter who was in that grade three class she chose one of the furthest destinations she could imagine challenging us as much as herself Wreck Beach She does have a sense of humour that one but sweetheart challenge accepted My experiences with each class were quite different but what I took away was the same these kids willingly wanted to find ways to get around that didn t involve getting around in the family car We even discussed ways to combine modes for trips of a longer distance taking the bus or Skytrain part of the way and then walking or riding the rest It was very encouraging to see them begin to plan out routes and for the grade sevens recognizing that as they transition to high school not relying on Mom and Dad to get them to school was a realistic option The trouble would be convincing Mom and Dad While most grade threes still rely on their parents to get from place to place grade sevens being twelve and thirteen years old are at an age that should be seeing increased independence However I discovered for some that simply wasn t the case One student told me she wanted to be able to ride a bike but didn t have one and when she suggested to her parents to instead let her take the bus to school they wouldn t allow it citing the risk of abduction For me it was a stark contrast to my own youth when I was taking the bus or riding my bike to meet my friends who lived in different subdivisions easily four kilometres from my home We discussed ways to tackle that concern suggesting those nervous parents make that trip with their child and experience first hand how safe public transit is and hopefully work towards earning that independence But I was left wondering

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/05/04/keeping-connected-passing-weve-learned-next-generation/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Melissa Bruntlett, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    Topics Architecture Bikes Cities for People Civic Engagement Communication Community Culture Curiosities 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 By Melissa Bruntlett Melissa Bruntlett is the co founder of Modacity a multi service consultancy focused on inspiring healthier happier simpler forms of urban mobility through words photography and film She lives in Vancouver BC with her husband and two children and enjoys walking and cycling throughout the city s many vibrant neighbourhoods Community Keeping Connected Passing on What We ve Learned to the Next Generation Each year the Parent Advisory Council PAC of the Laura Secord Elementary School located at East Broadway and Lakewood Dr Read More 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 22 Buy a renewal subscription 22 Buy a gift subscription 5 Back

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/melissabruntlett/ (2015-11-16)
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  • RELEASE: Lead a Jane's Walk in the 2015 Jane’s Walk Festival! - Spacing Vancouver
    In 2014 there were more than 1 000 walks in more than 130 cities around the world Lead another Jane s Walk in your community or get involved in other ways Jane s Walk is about sharing the stories that bring communities together We invite you to lead another walk this year You can lead the same walk as last year or design a new one Use what you learned from the walk route you used last year to make your walk even better Register your walk online at http www janeswalk org canada vancouver Not interested in leading a walk again Here are other ways you can get involved Volunteer during the festival as a photographer crowd manager etc Reply to this email for more details Encourage your friends and colleagues to lead a Jane s Walk Below we ve included a sample call out below that you could send to your networks Attend the festival on May 1st 2nd and 3rd and encourage your community to do the same You can find information about the festival on our website at www janeswalk org canada vancouver OPEN CALL FOR WALK LEADERS May 1st 2nd 3rd 2015 Jane s Walk Festival If you have a fun informative unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood then Jane s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation through your community Jane s Walk is a global movement of free locally led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours Organizing a Jane s Walk is easy It simply involves planning a route thinking through the stories places people and ideas you want to hear and talk about and then registering it online at janeswalk org The Jane s Walk team is here

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/04/17/release-lead-janes-walk-2015-janes-walk-festival/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Redefining Granville Island? - Spacing Vancouver
    July 2014 there were talks of switching the ownership of Granville Island Currently operated by the CMHC Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation a public entity of the federal government Granville Island may be changing ownership to Port Metro Vancouver No final decisions have yet been made but much could change from this seemingly simple decision The Mayor of Vancouver and other public figures have expressed their opposition towards the privatization of Granville Island but what does this mean for those who enjoy the space as it currently stands As a recent graduate I recall spending my days at Granville Island enjoying much of what it has to offer from its range of arts and crafts to food and great cuisines I would travel there from where I lived in Burnaby to seek artistic inspirations and purchase art supplies from Opus I recall sitting at the docks and enjoying the waterfront view of Stanley Park and the Granville Street Bridge while eating some freshly baked Public Market donuts from Lee s I would walk around the Public Market and come across fresh local produce seafood meats breads baked goods chocolate teas and spices all under one roof Weather permiting I would sit outside in the one of the many courtyards on the Island and listen to local artists musical performances or watch other buskers display their many other talents Above all I would never come across anyone looking down at a screen and walking blindly as if they have more important matters to attend to Granville Island was and is a place where conversations started eyes wandered and curiosity ventured The thought of Granville Island switching ownership only dawned on me after a recent visit Changing the ownership of the Island and disrupting its current means of operations can deeply impact the space and its identity If Port Metro Vancouver takes ownership of the area I would like to hope that they will strongly consider Granville Island s local significance and continue to allow the public to enjoy this space as it currently stands Many vendors fear that privatization will disrupt the current relationship between tenants and landlords A rise in rental costs caused by switching to larger corporate vendors would drastically change the atmosphere of this great public space and the ability for local vendors to thrive With the Emily Carr Institute relocating to Great Northern Way and its buildings soon to be vacant in the near future many are wondering what will happen to its space as well We can hope that the space will consider changes that would keep the current lively artistic and unique vibe of Granville Island and make a positive addition to the local culture There have been talks of adding potential microbreweries or musical venues which would be a plus to attract a younger crowd but nothing has yet been confirmed If you would like to volunteer and help Granville Island maintain its active role as a public realm and carry out its original

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/02/23/redefining-granville-island/ (2015-11-16)
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