The Future of Transportation in Grandview?

May 31, 2015

Tomorrow night (Monday at 7pm) is the monthly meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council.  This month’s meeting will be focused on Transportation Priorities for Grandview Woodland.  As usual, the meeting will be in the Learning Resource Centre under Britannia Library.

The meeting will have a guest speaker, Tamin Raad, former Translink Director of Strategic Planning & Policy, who will talk on “Building Better Communities: Best Practices in Transportation Planning.

That presentation will be followed by a discussion on a list of Transportation Priorities put together by a GWAC committee. These priorities include, and I quote directly from the GWAC meeting notice:

1] Removal of Peak Hour Parking Restrictions from Commercial Drive, between First Avenue and Venables Street
Understanding that both the Grandview Woodland Area Council and the Commercial Drive Business Society have passed motions requesting that the City of Vancouver remove peak hour parking restrictions from Commercial Drive, between First Avenue and Venables Street, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests a plan from the City for implementing the change, as soon as possible.

2] Addressing Residual Weaknesses in the Traffic Diversion Strategy Implemented in the Area Bounded by First Avenue, Hastings Street, Nanaimo Street and Clark Drive
It has been noted that substantial peak hour traffic is using Parker Street and Venables Street as an eastbound route between Commercial Drive and Nanaimo Street. This is a residual weakness in the traffic diversion strategy implemented in that area. The Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City provide a plan for addressing the issue.

3] Cycling Safety Improvements to Commercial Drive
The Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City provide a plan for applying cycling sharrows to Commercial Drive between 14th Avenue and Adanac Street. The Grandview Woodland Area Council also requests that the City provide a plan for the implementation of a separated cycling lane between 14th Avenue and Graveley Street with connection to Salsbury Avenue as a marked cycling route to Adanac Street, including a marked and controlled crossing at Venables Street.

4] Traffic Calming for Victoria Drive
The Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City provide a plan for traffic calming for Victoria Drive in keeping with its status as a neighbourhood collector and including marking Victoria Drive as a cycling route between 14th Avenue and Adanac Street.

5] Pedestrian Improvements for Commercial Drive
Recognizing that the majority of trips along Commercial Drive are undertaken on foot and in the interest of the safety of those pedestrians, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City paint crosswalks at all crossings between 12th Avenue and Hastings Street. The Grandview Woodland Area Council also requests that the City study the feasibility of implementing a scramble crossing at Commercial Drive and First Avenue.

6] Addressing Transit Deficiencies for Commercial Drive
Recognizing that bunching of two and often three 20 Victoria buses is still a consistent problem causing unreliable service delivery on Commercial Drive, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City press Translink for a comprehensive solution to the bus spacing problem, articulated as a written plan.

7] Cycling Improvements to Hastings Street and Powell Street
Recognizing the need for improved cycling infrastructure on both Hastings Street and Powell Street, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City provide details of plans for improvement to cycling infrastructure along both streets.

8] Putting In Place Actionable Elements of the Prior-Venables Greenway Project
With the knowledge that the Prior-Venables Greenway Project has received formal recognition on numerous occasions by senior municipal officials, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City provide a plan for the implementation of actionable elements of the Project, with details regarding the redevelopment and calming of the route following removal of the Georgia Viaduct.

9] Restoration of Off Peak Parking on First Avenue
Recognizing that First Avenue is very unwelcoming to pedestrians, the Grandview Woodland Area Council requests that the City restore off peak parking to the street.”
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Should be an interesting meeting, and all residents of Grandview Woodland are invited to attend.

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May 31, 2015

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May 31

May 31, 2015

Fifty-two years ago today, a Vietnamese monk, Nun Nu Thanh Nuang, poured gasoline and set fire to himself in Hue. Nineteen years ago today, Timothy Leary died in his sleep.

After all these years, I honestly don’t know whether Dr Leary’s work helped us understand why the monk’s death was important to us, or whether he helped mask us from the true meaning by taking us elsewhere. Many saw no conflict in actively protesting and actively tripping. In fact, many claimed then that the “enlightenment” received through herbal and chemical stimulation was an important component of our political activism. These days, I wonder more often whether we were just bullshitting ourselves and simply following the pleasure principle.

In the end, of course, both the revered Buddhist martyr and the revered western materialist trod the same path into being and nothingness.


Night Music: Out Of Time

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FIFA Sponsor Fallout

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[These were found at The Independent]


Where’s The Beer?

May 29, 2015

It wasn’t so long ago, a few weeks at most, that I was praising my discovery of Honker’s beer. They served it at Zawa’s on the Drive.  Well, imagine my dismay today when I popped in for lunch to find that, apparently, I was the only one who had been drinking Honkers, and so they cancelled it.

I was forced to sit in the sun supping a substitute that did not satisfy.  Man, what a genuine disappointment!


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May 29, 2015

Inside the Tower