OneCity advocates for:
- Immediate city-wide transit system improvements
- A Pedestrian Advisory Council to improve public health and safety, social equity and strengthen our local economy
- A diversity of transportation alternatives, including public transit, walking, cycling and car-sharing options
For a growing city, transportation is key for affordability and social equity, a sustainable local economy, and addressing the climate crisis. Buses and SkyTrains are at capacity. Pass-ups are common. Fares keep rising.
Everyone agrees we need better – and more affordable – public transit now, but the combination of an unaccountable Translink board, the expensive privatized delivery of rapid transit, and the lack of provincial leadership have stalled necessary transit expansion and tied the region up in knots.
We need leadership from the City of Vancouver to insist on immediate public transit system improvements and a diversity of transportation alternatives, including walking, cycling, and car-sharing. While a solution to the Broadway corridor is crucial, Vision Vancouver's priority is an expensive subway line that will not address the system-wide improvements that are necessary. City Hall needs persistent and independent voices to demand better public transit in all neighbourhoods – not just a single rapid transit project.
City of Walkers: Establish a Pedestrian Advisory Council
Walking as a mode of transportation is central to public health and safety, economic development, and social equality and inclusion. But in its rush to develop pockets of the city, Vancouver is falling behind other jurisdictions that have made walkable, connected neighbourhoods a priority. According to Statistics Canada, commuting by foot in Vancouver is stagnating, remaining at 6.3 per cent since 2006 (compared to 71 per cent who commute by car and less than 2 per cent who bike).
OneCity believes a Pedestrian Advisory Council, based on successful models such as Portland’s PAC, is the best tool to address City Hall’s current stop-and-go approach to walkability. The council will be volunteer-based and made up of representatives who reflect the diversity of Vancouver and its pedestrian potential, including seniors, neighbourhood and business improvement associations, and city agencies such as the fire and police departments and the housing authority.
The advisory council will help the city better integrate pedestrian and walkability policies, programs and plans as Vancouver evolves. It begins with putting the safety of our walkers first, breaking down barriers to walking such as land-use patterns, and building truly connected communities where people are allowed the choice of getting to their destinations on foot. By addressing the affordable housing crisis in Vancouver, more people will be able to walk to work, shopping, and entertainment.