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11 ways walking can make your life better

TravelSmart

Some I Love Transit campers...walking!

Some I Love Transit campers…walking!

Our good friends at TravelSmart, the group within TransLink that helps Metro Vancouverites make better travel choices by offering tips and tools on cycling, walking, carpooling and taking transit across Metro Vancouver, have some great knowledge to share with all of us. Here are 11 reasons walking rocks and makes life better!

1. Develop the memory of an elephant: Studies have shown, particularly for senior citizens, that walking improves memory skills as well as concentration and abstract reasoning.

2. Mr. Einstein, I presume: Walking improves concentration and abstract reasoning and increased cognitive functioning.

3. Reduce risk of stroke: cut that by 57% just by walking 20 minutes a day.

4. Get heart healthy: a study of women showed that those who walked three hours or more per week reduced risk of a coronary event by 35%

5. Getting in shape: walking helps to keep you fit and supplies you with some wonderful endorphins

6. Feeling good: a recent study found that after 12 weeks, the further a woman walked, the better she feels about her appearance.

7. C’mon get happy: Just 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression by 47%.

8. Lowered risk of diabetes: reduce risk of type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals.

9. Lowered risk of cancer: 30 minutes daily reduce risk of colon cancer by up to 50%, as well as decreasing lung, breast and prostate cancers.

10. Nice bones: postmenopausal women who walk about a mile a day have better whole-bone density.

11. Live long and walk: 30 minutes of walking a day adds 1.3 healthy years.

TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Where can you find 31,000 litres of water, 13,000 bananas, over 90,000 spectators and 4,000 volunteers?

At the 45th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon and it’s happening this Sunday!

Runners from around the world will lace up and descend on our fair region on May 1 for this award-winning race.

Not up for the 42 kilometre trek? Not to worry!

There are races for everyone! You can participate in the marquee marathon, a fast half marathon, a relay, an 8 km run, a kids run or a 2.5 km walk.

The big news on the transit front is that the Vancouver International Marathon Society is offering free, single-use Compass Tickets to all runners.

There will also be free TravelSmart Bus Shuttles available in five locations for registered Marathon and Half Marathon runners.

You can find more information and register for the shuttle here.

Canada Line is one of the most convenient ways to get to the race with peak service levels in effect until 8:15am — meaning trains will be running every 6-7 minutes.

Remember! Different races have different starting points and times.

Check out this handy-dandy chart to help you get to the starting line!

Let transit help you get to the starting line

Let transit help you get to the starting line

*Relay Exchange Zones are located near Imperial Drive and W 16th, NW Marine and 4th Ave, plus Chestnut and Cornwall.

Get those pompoms and bullhorns out because the day isn’t just for the runners!

If you come out and cheer for the thousands of runners as they race toward the downtown Finish Line Street Festival, YOU could win prizes!

Know before you go!

The following bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.

SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

More race details as well as road closure information can be found online at bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart.
For transit information and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TravelSmart to the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Shuéme is hoping on the system to get to the games!

FIFA mascot, Shuéme is hoping on the system to get to the games!

The moment Vancouver soccer fans have been waiting for is nearly upon us – the FIFA Women’s World Cup is coming to BC Place!!

From June 8 to July 5, 2015 Vancouver will host six soccer matches plus the World Final Game.

Hosting the world’s best female soccer players is an honour that will inspire us all, but especially women and girls who love the sport.

The FIFA matches will bring thousands of additional people to the downtown core, so now is a great time to start thinking about the most TravelSmart mode of transportation to avoid heavy traffic and parking stress.

FIFA matches will take place at BC Place Stadium located at 777 Pacific Blvd. BC Place is easily accessible by SkyTrain, SeaBus, Bus and the Seaside Bike Route.

You have lots of alternatives, so consider leaving your car at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Planning your Trip

You can plan your route online on our trip planner by simply typing in your starting location and final destination. You can also get real-time Next Bus information on your mobile device.

Public Transportation

TransLink’s integrated system of buses, commuter rail, SeaBus, and SkyTrain will get you to the game for a fraction of the cost of driving and parking.

If you take SkyTrain just hop off at Stadium-Chinatown Station and walk South along Expo Boulevard to BC Place.

Park & Ride Lots

Save big bucks on parking by leaving your car at one of TransLink’s Park and Ride facilities available at many transit hubs.

Simply park your car, hop on bus or SkyTrain and relax while we whisk you off to the Game.

Carpooling

Save gas and money by carpooling! Don’t have a carpool buddy yet? Or maybe you want to fill that extra seat in your car? Connect with carpoolers along your route at ride-share.com.

Walk or Bike

Why not build some exercise into your FIFA experience? Walking and biking is a great way to arrive energized and to get home quickly.

Take the Seaside Bicycle Route and enjoy stunning views of False Creek on your journey – and yes it’s family-friendly!

Free Bike Valet service will be available at all matches. You can also lock your bike securely at the Main Street Bike Parkade and then ride the SkyTrain the rest of the way.

For more great tips and tricks for driving less and moving your body more, be sure to check out the TravelSmart homepage.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015!

Let GradPass take you there!

Let GradPass take you there!

Every graduating Grade 12 student attending school in the TransLink transportation service region is eligible for a GradPass.

This means you can enjoy two free days of unlimited travel including bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express!

That’s right, FREE!!!

Here’s how to use it:

Grab your pass from your school, either through your homeroom or the principal’s office.

When you get your GradPass, sign the back of it right away because you are the only person eligible to use it.

You validate your pass by scratching off the grey panels for the day and month of travel before you board.

The pass must be used with your student GoCard.

Keep in mind that your GradPass is valid for any two days (non-consecutive) between May 15 and June 30, 2015.

Do your part, TravelSmart!

Choose active and sustainable modes of transportation like walking, biking and transit.
By traveling smart you’ll save money and help our environment.
Check us out at TravelSmart.ca, on Facebook and Twitter

Author: Adrienne Coling

Getting to the 2015 BMO Marathon start line

Starting line

BMO Marathon starting line 2014

How are you getting to the starting line on Sunday?

Whether you are planning to run or cheer on the sidelines, make sure you TravelSmart to the race!

The race begins is in Queen Elizabeth Park and you can get there via the Canada Line Oakridge/41st Station.

Here are some helpful hints for race day:

Canada Line

The first train from Waterfront Station is at 4:48 a.m. and from Richmond Brighouse at 5:02 a.m., and extra trains will be in service until 8:00 a.m.

Portable fare boxes will be set up at Waterfront, Vancouver City-Centre and Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line stations.

Bus

CMBC will provide regular Sunday service and will modify several bus routes at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon.

Shuttle Bus

Runners who pre-booked a seat on special shuttles to the start line can check departure details on the BMO Vancouver Marathon website.

The early-morning shuttle service leaves from Lougheed Town Centre, Scott Road Station, Lonsdale Quay, Brentwood Mall and Patterson Station.

Cyclists

TransLink’s TravelSmart is sponsoring BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer secure temporary bike storage for up to 120 bikes, free of charge.

The valet will be open from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Bute Street, between Hastings and Cordova so you can park your bike downtown and take the Canada Line to the race.

Good to Know

SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium Lines, West Vancouver Blue Bus and SeaBus will operate their regular Sunday service. There is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

Know before you go! Check our Trip Planner to map out your route.
Sign up for Transit Alerts, follow us on Twitter (@TransLink) or call Customer Service at 604-953-3333.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Festivals and Races and Fireworks Oh My!

Summer photo

TransLink helps you get where you need to go this summer!

 

To help you get where you need to go this summer, TransLink will adjust services around some events to make your travel more comfortable and convenient. To stay abreast of any detours or service changes related to events around the region, check out the alerts or special events pages.

 

Upcoming events include, but are not limited to:

July 8: UBC Grand Prix

July 9: Gastown Grand Prix

July 10: Giro Di Burnaby Race

July 12: Khatsahlano Music Festival

July 12 to 13: Caribbean Festival – Maple Ridge

July 26 to 27: Caribbean Days – North Shore

July 26, July 30 and August 2: Celebration of Light

August 3: Sunset Beach Festival & Market and Pride Parade

August 16 to September 1: A special shuttle service operates during the Fair at the PNE, 7 days a week.

 

TravelSmart continues to sponsor BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which offers cyclists free and secure temporary bike storage. If you plan on enjoying any of the festivities listed above, check BEST’s calendar of events to see if there is a bike valet that can serve you.

 

For transit service information on the go, sign up for Transit Alerts, visit our mobile page, follow @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604-953-3333.

Author: Angela Salehi

Summer service changes begin June 23

June Service Changes

The contest is open now and closes on July 7.

It is that time of year again Buzzer readers – summer service changes are here! So check your route and plan for your activities on June 23 and beyond. To celebrate, we are hosting a contest* with 5 cool prize packages. How do you play? Visit our Facebook page each weekday morning from June 9 until July 7 after 9 am for a clue to where the image of the Penguin is hiding. Once you find the penguin on our service changes page, click the image to enter the contest. Good luck!

 

Highlights:

  • The NEW 503 Express bus serves Langley and Aldergrove with connections to Surrey Central.
  • The 502 has been redesigned to operate between Surrey Central Station and Langley Centre, with limited peak-hour trips to/from Brookswood.
  • Expanded 178 service which responds to customer feedback to better meet customer demand. The portion of the route operating between Noon’s Creek and Johnson now runs on Panorama Dr. instead of on David Ave.

 

What is making summer travel better?

  • Additional buses will complement the regular 19 trips, increasing frequency between West Pender St. and Cambie St. to Stanley Park.
  • Changes to the 5 to accommodate the City of Vancouver’s closure of 800 Robson at Robson Square.
  • Routes 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20 and 50 will detour to accommodate the Granville Mall closures during summer weekends for the City of Vancouver’s Summer Open Streets program.
  • Two 620 trips each hour, up from one per hour.
  • SeaBus service increases to every 15 minutes.

For more information, check out the upcoming print Buzzer and Service Changes page. Check your route before you go!

Have more questions? Check out @translink or call 604-953-3333.

* Contest terms and conditions

Author: Angela Salehi

Service Optimization – 2014 Report is now available

2014 Service Optimization

The report is now available online!

Hey Buzzer readers, are you on transit right now? As you travel to your destination or think about travelling to your destination, ponder this: How can transit service continue to improve and better meet customer demand with the resources available?

Many transit authorities across North America, including Toronto, San FranciscoMemphis, and Nashville, are exploring ways to answer this challenge. Here at home, we continue to explore innovative ways to provide more service with the available resources. Since 2010, service optimization has played an important role in increasing the productivity of TransLink’s existing bus network. To date, more than 292,000 hours, or 6 per cent of total bus service hours in the region have been reallocated.

Back in February we told you about changes being proposed for routes in Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver and Richmond as part of the 2014 Service Optimization Program. We listened and gathered your input on six proposed changes.  Based on your feedback and further technical analysis, TransLink will proceed with changes to the C15, C96, 116, 404 and 606/608 routes. TransLink will defer implementation of the proposed changes to the 49 while we continue to study alternative designs to better meet community needs.

The full report is now available.

 

Thank you again, to everyone who participated!

Author: Angela Salehi

TransLink offers passengers more service on race day

Sun Run photo

More than 50,000 people expected at 30th annual Vancouver Sun Run.

 

Ready, set, GOOOOO!!!! TransLink will extend transit services to help runners and their fans get where they need to go before and following the Vancouver Sun Run on Sunday, April 27.

To plan your trips to and from the race, you can visit here, here and here.

The quick facts:

  • Expo and Millennium Lines will leave King George Station at 6:38 a.m. & Lougheed Station at 6:45 a.m.
  • Canada Line will begin service at 4:48 a.m.
  • Coast Mountain Bus will provide regular Sunday service, with detours in effect in the West End and along Georgia Street.
  • The SeaBus will leave Lonsdale Quay at 7 a.m. and every 15 minutes from Waterfront until 2:45 p.m.
  • West Coast Express will depart Mission at 7 a.m. and arrive downtown at 8:15 a.m. The return trip will leave Waterfront at 1 p.m.
  • West Vancouver Blue Bus will provide regular Sunday service, with increased frequency on the 250 in the morning and after the run.
  • BEST’s Bicycle Valet, will once again offer cyclists temporary and free storage at Gate F on the second level of BC Place.

 

To prevent long line-ups after the Sun Run, SkyTrain customers can pre-purchase return tickets prior to the race. Portable fareboxes will be set up at Bridgeport, Burrard, Granville, King George, and Vancouver City Centre stations. They will also be set up at Stadium-Chinatown and Yaletown-Roundhouse stations  for up to one hour after the race. Exact cash fare is required and tickets will be valid until late afternoon.

Due to crowding and safety concerns, cyclists may need to wait to take their bikes on SkyTrain until the crowds clear.

 

For more service information follow TransLink on Twitter @TransLink or call Customer Service at 604.953.3333.

Author: Angela Salehi

Spring service changes begin April 14

April Service Changes

Check out our Facebook page each weekday morning for a clue.

 

Psst…Buzzer readers, it’s time to get your umbrella and sunglasses and check your route on TransLink’s trip planner. Spring service changes come into effect on April 14Watch for the bunny on the service changes page and enter to win a HUGE chocolate bunny! What is this, a contest? You got it.

Visit our Facebook page each weekday morning after 8 am for a clue to where the image of the Bunny is hiding on our service changes page. Once you find the bunny, click the image to enter the contest.* Use the #TLbunny hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to let us know what you think about the changes or the contest!

Service change highlights:

  • New 96 B-Line stops at 104th Ave and 140th Street, and at King George Boulevard and 80th Ave.
  • Three new trips traveling from Upper Lonsdale to the Lonsdale Quay have been added, increasing service frequency for the 230 to every 15 minutes.
  • Changes to the C41 improves peak periods connections to the West Coast Express at the Pitt Meadows and Maple Meadows stations.

Seasonal enhancements include:

  • Weekend/holiday SeaBus service increases to every 15 minutes;
  • Two 620 trips each hour, up from one per hour, coinciding with summer ferry service; and
  • Summer-only services like the 150 White Pine Beach and C26 Buntzen Lake.
  • The 9,25,28,41,43,44,84,125,130,143,145, routes, serving post-secondary schools, are modified until September.

For more information, check out the upcoming print Buzzer, tweet @translink or call 604-953-3333. Check your route before you go!

Find the Bunny Contest Terms and Conditions

Author: Angela Salehi

Bus service improvements coming to West Vancouver on April 5

West Vancouver Blue Bus

West Vancouver service changes come into effect on April 5!

Hey Buzzer readers – do you remember when we told you about the North Shore Area Transit Plan in a post back in 2012?

To refresh your memory, public consultation began in the fall of 2010 and concluded in the summer of 2012. The upcoming changes respond to what we heard from more than 2,500 North Shore residents and stakeholders during the North Shore Area Transit Plan public consultation process.

Drum roll please….on Saturday, April 5, TransLink and West Vancouver Transit will implement the following improvements:

250A Dundarave/Vancouver

  • Significant increase in weekday AM and PM peak period service increases to every 7.5 minutes, from Dundarave to Vancouver.
  • Weekday off-peak period and weekends/holiday buses increases to every 10 minutes.

251 Queens and 252 Inglewood

  • The current one-direction service along both routes will be replaced by a two-direction service with 51 new stops long Queens and Inglewood.
  • Service will operate every 30 mins during peak periods and every 60 mins in off-peak periods.
  • Customers who travel to downtown will transfer at Dundarave or Park Royal.

For more details on the consultation process visit the North Shore Area Transit Plan.

Author: Angela Salehi

Choosing the Happy City: People

Living in the #happycity means hopping on the train for an impromptu sunset seawall stroll after dinner. Photo by Chris Bruntlett (@cbruntlett)

Living in the #happycity means hopping on the train for an impromptu sunset seawall stroll after dinner.
Photo by Chris Bruntlett (@cbruntlett)

 

 

The lecture Choosing the Happy City is just around the corner and it’s a good time to explore different perspectives on the connection between neighbourhoods and the happiness of people who reside in them. A few days ago, I posted the interview with Charles Montgomery – I hope you enjoyed it.

Today, I had a pleasure to speak with Chris  Bruntlett, a residential designer, writer, photographer, and bike enthusiast. During the day, Chris works as a residential designer, designing single family homes, duplexes and laneway houses in the City of Vancouver.

Outside of the office, he spends a great deal of his evenings and weekends encouraging people to get on a bicycle through writing, photography, public speaking, and filmmaking. If you read posts about city cycling in the Spacing, Vancouver Is Awesome, Vancity Buzz, Hush, or Momentum Magazine, the chances are that you came across Chris’ work.

 

What city in the Lower Mainland do you live in?

Our family of four lives in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood of Vancouver, just a couple of blocks from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, and have done so for five years now.

What makes you happy about where you live?

We love having the freedom to choose how we’re getting somewhere, dependent on the nature of the trip we’re taking. Sometimes it’s walking. Sometimes it’s cycling. Other times it’s by bus or Skytrain. And once in a while, we’ll borrow a car from Modo or Car2Go.

How do you usually travel around your neighbourhood?

More often than not, we get around Grandview-Woodlands by foot or bicycle. We are fortunate enough to have the traffic-calmed 10th Avenue, Lakewood, and Mosaic Bikeways at our disposal, although running errands along Commercial Drive can be problematic. We’re certainly hoping the long-term plan to create safe, comfortable space for cycling on The Drive happens sooner rather than later.

What’s your favourite thing about how you get around your neighbourhood?

Moving at a slower pace allows us to have an intimate, unfiltered, first-hand connection to our neighbourhood, its shopfronts, merchants, houses, parks, and neighbours we may run into along the way. Our kids know the people and places in their community like the backs of their hands.

How do you usually travel around your city?

When it comes to longer distances, we’ll usually take a combination of Skytrain and/or bus, although our kids have been known to amaze us with their ability to ride their bikes long distances. We absolutely love cycling on the seawall as a family, with its stunning views of the ocean, mountains, and glass towers; and can sometimes ride over 20 kilometres in a single day!

What do you like about travelling around your city?

Getting around without a car transforms all of our travel time into family time. Walking, cycling, or riding the bus provides ample opportunity to relax, hold hands, make eye contact, and chat about any number of topics, big or small.

You’re often involved in projects that focus on city cycling as part of everyday life. What are you currently working on?

I recently produced a series of six short films which intimately profile a number of Vancouverites who use a bicycle to get around. We just wrapped up the first series (http://www.youtube.com/vancyclechic), which were incredibly well received and publicized; and have started pre-production on a second series, to be shot and released in 2014.

You recently wrote a review of the book “Happy City” for Vancouver is Awesome. Anything you want to mention from the book?

As Charles Montgomery points out, the greener, happier and resilient city all occupy the same place. In my opinion, Vancouver should be aiming to be the “World’s Happiest City”, and framing the (sometimes heated) discussions around what we have to gain – rather than give up – in order to live sustainably.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter the Happy City contest to win some great prizes.  Apart from the Buzzer, this contest is run by the Vancity Buzz, The Thirties Grind and Surrey604.  The lecture Choosing Happy City is sold out but you can watch it live via webcast; simply click on the webcast link here at 7 pm on March 26.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

All aboard the live opera train on the SkyTrain!

Get a little culture on the rail this weekend with the Opera Train!

Get a little culture on the rail this weekend with the Opera Train!

Looking to do something you’ve never done this weekend? How about some live opera on a SkyTrain courtesy of our friends at TravelSmart!

That’s right, starting at Surrey Central SkyTrain station at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9 (don’t forget to spring forward before you go) live performances will be happening until approximately 12:30 p.m. at all Expo line stations between Surrey Central and Stadium-Chinatown station.

For more info on the schedule and why this is happening in the first place, check out the TravelSmart post!

 

 

New year, new service

Happy January everyone! This week we return to our regular routines, so if you were away last month or just not taking your usual routes, you might want to take a look at the recent service changes made on December 16, 2013.

Four times a year TransLink performs a round of service changes to ensure a reliable, efficient and safe transit service to help you get where you need to go.

All the details can be found on TransLink’s Transit Service Changes page.

hot coffee

Getting back to the grind isn’t so bad

Author: Angela Salehi

2013 Holiday Service Adjustments: New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

 

happy-new-year

Wishing all Buzzer readers a safe and happy 2014!

Happy holidays!

We hope you’ve had a chance to relax and spend some time with family and friends, perhaps enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (or two).

As always, rides will be free of charge on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) from 5:00 pm until 5:00 am on New Year’s Day. All services (Bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express) on New Year’s Eve will operate a normal weekday schedule with additional trips or extended service.

New Year’s Day (Jan 1) will offer a normal Sunday/holiday schedule for Buses, SeaBus and SkyTrain. The West Coast Express and TrainBus will not be in operation.

Regular services resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Details can be found on the Winter Holiday Service Schedule page. Please see below for some resources to request current updates in regards to transit service conditions:

Author: Angela Chang