The bike counter at Science World is now routinely passing 5000 cyclists each day. This was taken before 10 pm and it was already at 5362. A lot of cyclists cut through the parking lot and miss the counter so the number of cyclists in the area is actually a lot higher.
I wish there were counters like this at other high traffic areas in Vancouver – the Burrard Bridge and along Dunsmuir would be perfect spots. I’d also love to get my hands on the historical data feed for this counter.
Reason #5: Greenest City
Vancouver is a green city, in almost every respect. It’s what convinced me to move here 5 years ago. I love that Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver are working hard to make it even greener.
After months of consultation, Vancouver’s Greenest City action plan was unanimously passed in January. Some pilots have already started, but we should start to see the real results over the next few years, including:
- City-wide composting
- Bike sharing
- Cosmetic pesticide ban
- Discouraging bottled water
- Green jobs and greener buildings
- More community gardens
- Support for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders
Here’s some more info on Vision Vancouver’s accomplishments and plans. And here’s what Vancouver’s plan looks like from Seattle.
When ‘encourage vegan options for all’ was voted as the top action to make Vancouver the greenest city, I laughed it off because I didn’t think the city could legislate people’s eating habits. I agreed with the sentiment, but didn’t think the city could do anything beyond encouraging healthy eating habits in schools.
Well, there is an international initiative called Meatless Mondays, endorsed by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, that is encouraging people to give up meat once a week. They’ve managed to convince some cities, like Ghent, Belgium and San Francisco to officially endorse the initiative. Last week Whitehorse city council narrowly defeated a motion (by a vote of 4-3) which would have made them the first Canadian city to officially encourage Meatless Mondays. Maybe Vancouver can be the first.
Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet.
Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team is soliciting your ideas on how to make Vancouver greener. You have until October 7, 2010 to submit your ideas and vote for your favourites.
The current Top 10 Ideas:
- Encourage vegan options for all
- Cycling for Everyone: Develop a complete cycling network that feels safe and attractive to all
- Extend food waste collection program to include apartments and condos
- Build complete, walkable neighbourhoods interconnected by great transit and cycling routes
- Encourage urban food production
- Build the Downtown Streetcar Network
- Reclaim road and/or parking space to create plazas and parklets
- Provide abundant & secure bicycle parking at transit stations & other key locations
- Mandatory 25¢ fee for plastic shopping bags
- Create more affordable family housing within easy walking/biking/transit radius of downtown
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