Surrey Installs Leading Pedestrian Intervals~ Vancouver Lags Behind

I have been writing about Leading Pedestrian Intervals  (LPIs) and spoke on CBC Radio this month about why this innovation should be adopted everywhere. For a nominal cost of $1,200 per intersection, crossing lights are reprogrammed to give pedestrians anywhere from a three to ten second start to cross the street before vehicular traffic isContinue reading “Surrey Installs Leading Pedestrian Intervals~ Vancouver Lags Behind”

Why Slower Streets Are the Right Thing to Do

My motion for 30k/h speed limit on residential streets comes before City Council Tuesday. It's work based on advocacy of many local orgs like @WeAreHub and @bccycle, the previous council, my own personal experiences, and a growing worldwide safety-first movement to slow down… pic.twitter.com/ZC9qKp1bEK — Pete Fry (@PtFry) April 18, 2019 We have been advocatingContinue reading “Why Slower Streets Are the Right Thing to Do”

The Legacies of Expo 67 Montreal~Man and His World and all that Walking

  Fifty-two years ago this May Expo 67 opened on two man-made islands in Montreal. The 20th century was about World’s Fairs, and this fair with the theme “Man and His World” attracted fifty million visits in its six month run. At the time Canada’s population was only 20 million people. Several notable buildings wereContinue reading “The Legacies of Expo 67 Montreal~Man and His World and all that Walking”

Autumn Colours at the University of British Columbia

One of the more spectacular displays of  landscape and colour is at the Asian Centre just off West Mall at the University of British Columbia.   And to the east of the Asian Centre is the Bell Tower, commemorating the 2009 visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Like a jewel box, the BellContinue reading “Autumn Colours at the University of British Columbia”

Where are the Public Washrooms?

I have  been pondering why this city does not have public washrooms associated with public transit, biking and walking routes.  There is a need for washrooms that are universally accessible, and some writers have described this need as a basic human right. Even the Downtown Vancouver Business Association published a map of public toilets saying  “There’s noContinue reading “Where are the Public Washrooms?”

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”

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”

Quick, Name the #1 Reason People Don’t Walk or Bike To Work…

The New York Times takes on the top reason cited by Americans for not biking or walking to work, from a recent survey on active commuting. That issue? Time. But, as the Times suggests, the 97 per cent of Americans who don’t use active transportation for commuting may want to rethink their reasoning.