Jun 15 2008
Traffic jams for hours on end. Freeways cutting an ugly concrete gouge through the city centre. An epidemic of road rage. Pedestrians treated like second-class citizens.
Not our problem, thanks. Vancouver actually seems to have done pretty well on the transportation planning front.
Except for Montreal, Vancouver has more than twice as many people walking to work and shops as in any other North American city. Every day, 50,000 cyclists take to our streets. About half of all commuters still take cars to work, but our numbers are still far lower than in places like Edmonton and Calgary, where over 70 per cent drive to their jobs.
I explored these trends and more in the latest issue of Granville Magazine in my city view column, “We Like To Move It, Move It”.
Vancouver has made a lot of progress compared to other municipalities in terms of promoting more sustainable transportation. But are we moving in the right direction? What do you think are Vancouver’s transportation priorities?