The Continued Need for Accessible, Public Bathrooms

Call them restrooms, toilets or bathrooms, but they’re all facilities providing a basic human need. And, somehow, we are developing a more connected city for walking, cycling and transit, and conveniently forgetting to provision such facilities for such needs. Price Tags has been writing about the fact that, if you are old, or if you areContinue reading “The Continued Need for Accessible, Public Bathrooms”

Temporary “People Protected Bikeway” Makes Seattle Bike Lane Safer

You have to admire the good folks in Seattle for their approach to making the argument for safe, separated, protected bike lanes. Last week, in order to encourage the development of a continuous separated bikeway, volunteers came out to create a “people protected bikeway”. And they did a very good job, as documented on Twitter.

Changing Vancouver, Seen Through the Eyes of Andy Coupland and John Atkin

Historian John Atkin and former planner Andy Coupland have been publishing a blog called Changing Vancouver for the past 15 years, on which they document Vancouver’s startling changes and growth over the past century or so. Changing Vancouver was previously documented by Price Tags, and others have taken note; John and Andy have created an extraordinary resource. Changing VancouverContinue reading “Changing Vancouver, Seen Through the Eyes of Andy Coupland and John Atkin”

BC Greens Leader Advocates for Agricultural Land Reserve Protections

Thank goodness there’s someone in Victoria taking stock of the snuffing out of farm land in Richmond by council. (In case you somehow missed coverage of this issue in Price Tags, here’s a link to past posts.) Andrew Weaver of the Green Party minced no words in casting aspersions on Richmond council’s decision, calling onContinue reading “BC Greens Leader Advocates for Agricultural Land Reserve Protections”

Richmond City Council Sells Out, Opens Barn Door for Developers on Agricultural Land Reserve

If you attended Monday night’s City of Richmond council meeting, or watched their live stream, you were witness to one of the biggest land-use travesties of this generation. Council didn’t just approve residential development on Class 1 farmland, the best in Richmond (and possibly in Canada). The majority voted in favour of mansions up to 10,764Continue reading “Richmond City Council Sells Out, Opens Barn Door for Developers on Agricultural Land Reserve”

Scotland Looks at Slowing Speed Limits, Saving Lives

Scotland is undertaking a remarkable initiative to become the first jurisdiction on the planet to make vehicular speeds a default of 20 miles per hour (32 kph) in any village, town or city. The Member’s Bill going to Scottish parliament has bi-partisan support (across four different parties). Edinburgh, which has already implemented the 20 milesContinue reading “Scotland Looks at Slowing Speed Limits, Saving Lives”

ICBC Wants to Cap Payouts to Vulnerable Road Users Under New Guidelines

If you’ve ever been in a motor vehicle crash as a pedestrian or a cyclist, you know very well the complications that can arise in the process of determining liability and damages through our provincial insurer ICBC, that settling claims for vulnerable road users can take years. That’s why the stance of the provincial government,Continue reading “ICBC Wants to Cap Payouts to Vulnerable Road Users Under New Guidelines”

The Friday File ~ The How and Why of Downtown Granville Street (and all those bars)

This YouTube video was published by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area (BIA), and presents a rather eclectic look at the development of the downtown section of Granville Street, and how it came to be.

Amazon Wants to Pop Your Trunk

In a rather surprising marketing move, Amazon has announced a new venue for parcel delivery for people who feel apartment lobbies and front porches are not secure enough — into the trunk of your car. “Starting Tuesday, people in dozens of cities across the United States can start getting their Amazon orders delivered to a parked car,Continue reading “Amazon Wants to Pop Your Trunk”

Public Washrooms, Walking to Work and Transit Stations

Kudos to Pat Doherty and her blog The Walking Commuter, in which she describes her walking route to work, and her commuting practice, which she started during a Toronto Transit strike a few decades ago. In her blog, Pat asks a question that can also be asked in Vancouver: “Have you ever really needed to get toContinue reading “Public Washrooms, Walking to Work and Transit Stations”