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Easing Congestion in Metro Vancouver: Prices without Subsidies, lecture by Andrew Coyne

The second installment of Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas is Feb 25, 2014!

The second installment of Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas is Feb 25, 2014!

Hello Buzzer readers. The speaker series Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas continues this month with a lecture by Andrew Coyne on February 25, 2014. Coyne is the weekly columnist for the National Post, member of the CBC, The Nathional’s At Issue Panel, and the former national editor of Maclean’s magazine known for his insightful and provocative commentary on political and economic issues.

Coyne’s lecture, Easing Congestion in Metro Vancouver: Prices without Subsidies, will address pricing of roads and transit – a timely issue in Metro Vancouver and other metropolitan areas grappling with the effects of growing congestion. He has written extensively about road pricing as a possible answer to congestion including MacLean’s Magazine.

Coyne takes an approach that pricing road use is the only effective way to induce people to drive less. As road use is at present rationed by time rather than money, other methods such as wider roads, carpooling, synchronized lights, etc. end up inducing people to drive more, since they reduce the time-price of using the roads.

The lecture will take place on February 25 at 7 pm at Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodwards), 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. The admission for the lecture is free, but reservations are required. RSVP or sign up for the webcast here.

This is the second lecture in the series Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas. The first lecture featured Anne Golden, Chair of the Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel, who spoke about her work with the Transit Panel on making recommendations on transit funding for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. If you missed the lecture, you can still check out the video here.

With nearly 45,000 people moving to Metro Vancouver every year, the conversation about how we travel in our region becomes increasingly important. The lectures will continue throughout 2014 and the idea is to explore new perspectives on the movement of people and goods in cities, with thought leaders, decision makers, and experts from across North America.

What do you think are the most important, transportation-related, topics we should talk about? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you know someone who would be interested in attending this lecture? Feel free to share this post with your colleagues and friends. For Twitter mentions, the hashtag for the lecture is #movingthefuture.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Storify: Rethinking Transportation lecture #1

Hello Buzzer readers! I hope you had a chance to attend the first lecture yesterday in the series “Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas” that took place last night at SFU Woodwards. The lecture, Breaking the Political Gridlock to Address the Transportation Challenge: Lessons Learned from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, by Dr. Anne Golden, was streamed live and the video will be available shortly – I’ll keep you posted. The lecture generated great conversation about transportation and a great part of it is reflected in the tweets in this storify.

The next lecture is on Feb 25, 2014. Check this link for more info.

Breaking the Political Gridlock to Address the Transportation Challenge: Lessons Learned from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, by Dr. Anne Golden on January 28 was the first lecture in the new series of lectures on transportation. The next lecture is on Feb 25. Info: http://bit.ly/Khlbte.

http://storify.com/TransLink/rethinking-transportation-new-voices-new-ideas-lec

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas

 

Lecture Series Photo_SkyTrain-small

 

Hello Buzzer readers, if you are looking to join an interesting conversation about transportation, this is the event for you.

 

Breaking the Political Gridlock to Address the Transportation Challenge: Lessons Learned from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, lecture by Dr. Anne Golden will address many important issues facing Metro Vancouver regional transportation.

The lecture takes place on January 28 at 7 pm at Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodwards), 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP here.

Dr. Golden brings the unique and relevant experience of leading the Transit Investment Strategy and Advisory Panel in its recent work on identifying a viable transit investment strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She will describe the political and financial context that was blocking progress in Toronto, and set out Making the Move, the plan that she and her 12 panel members hope will break the political and transportation gridlock.

Like Metro Vancouver, which will add one million new residents  over the next 30 years, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is projected to see its population increase by 40 per cent in the next 20 years. Both Metro Vancouver and Toronto are seeking ways to give their residents new transportation choices, ease congestion, better connect people with jobs, and enable people to travel efficiently in all directions.

This is the first lecture in the speakers’ series ‘Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas’. The series, focused on key transportation issues and opportunities facing the Metro Vancouver region, will explore new perspectives on the movement of people and goods in cities with thought leaders, decision makers, and experts from across North America who have tackled some of the most pressing transportation challenges.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the lecture page.

Do you know someone who would be interested in attending this lecture? Feel free to share the lecture information with your colleagues and friends or post it on your social media channels. Help us spread the word about this important conversation! For Twitter mentions, the hashtag for the lecture is #sfucity.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Storify: Moving the Future – A New Conversation on Transportation and the Economy

 

On October 31, Buzzer blog editors participated in the conference ‘Moving the Future: A New Conversation on Transportation and Economy’. We heard some great ideas about the future of transportation and the economy in Metro Vancouver, and got a first-hand insight into experiences from other North American cities. For all those interested in this topic, here’s the storify of the tweets shared at #movingthefuture. Read more »

I Love Transit 2013: An interview with Dr. Patricia Daly

I Love Transit 2013

It’s the I Love Transit Week and we are talking to Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer and the Vice President, Public Health for Vancouver Coastal Health. Patricia is originally from Toronto, and has made Vancouver her home for the last 20 years, where she and her husband have raised their three sons. You can follow Vancouver Coastal Health on Twitter at @VCHhealthcare.

 

Patty Portrait 2013

Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health

Why do you love transit?

When I use transit, which usually means I walk about 3 blocks from my house to a bus stop, I am happy that I am getting some physical activity without having to schedule it into my busy day.  I like the fact that I am making a positive contribution to the environment by leaving my car at home.  But what I love most about transit is that it is a much less stressful way of navigating a busy city than getting behind the wheel of my car – I like someone else to do the driving.

What’s your favourite mode of transportation?

I love the Canada Line.  There is a station a block away from my Vancouver office, and it has become my preferred route to get to and from the airport and to meetings in Richmond.

Being an expert in public and preventative health, what exactly is preventative health and why did you choose that area of medicine?

I spent the early years of my medical career working in Emergency Departments, treating patients with many preventable conditions, including diseases related to smoking, alcohol consumption and injuries.  I wanted to work further upstream to prevent these conditions from occurring.  Public health and preventive medicine focus on three areas: promoting good health, preventing diseases and injuries, and protecting population health.

What are the key areas of health promotion?

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health, by ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice. Some of our key health promotion activities include working with municipalities to design neighbourhoods that encourage people to walk, cycle and be physically active, ensuring healthy, nutritious food is readily available to everyone, and initiatives that discourage young people from starting smoking.

What about health prevention?

Prevention activities include such things as immunizing children, injury prevention initiatives, and maternal-child health programs for newborns and their mothers to help everyone get a healthy start in life.  Health protection programs include food safety, water quality and air quality programs to protect the population from contaminants in the environment.

How are health and transportation connected?

We know that if we design neighbourhoods that encourage people to walk, ride bicycles and use transit rather than use cars, that people will be more physically active.  Daily physical activity is very important for maintaining good health and preventing disease.  Also, because many chronic diseases, including respiratory and cardiac diseases, can be caused by or exacerbated by toxins in the air, choosing modes of transportation that are less polluting can also help improve the health of the population.

What can we all do to increase the health of our population?

Encouraging people to be physically active seems like an easy way to improve the health of the population, but the truth is that it can be difficult for people to incorporate the recommended amount of physical activity in their daily routine (60 minutes daily for children and 30 minutes for adults).

Does active transportation factor into this?

Active transportation is any form of transportation that is “human powered”. Encouraging people to use active transportation to get to work, school and run their daily errands is an easy way of helping to achieve physical activity targets.  Using transit is also considered a form of active transportation as people usually walk to the bus stop or transit station, and even 15 minutes of walking each way will allow adults to meet their daily recommendation for physical activity.

What’s an example of a simple transportation choice that can improve the health of the region?

Walking is my favourite mode of transportation. Try walking to one errand a week – if there are no local stores in your neighbourhood, consider those stores near your workplace; I make all my bank and pharmacy visits near my office.  If these ideas don’t work, how about occasionally using the stairs while you are at work?  Employers can help by ensuring stairwells are accessible and inviting.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Introducing Borjana!

Borjana

Greetings!

Hi Buzzer readers. My name is Borjana and I recently joined TransLink to support the work of the Regional Transportation Strategy team. I love the work this team has done on preparing for how we’ll travel in Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years and I’ll be sharing those ideas and plans with you. I already posted about the Regional Transportation Strategy twice here and here.

I’ve been a transit commuter for years and so far I’ve used SkyTrain, buses, West Coast Express and Seabus to get to work. You can probably tell I moved quite a bit, right? My favourite commute option is SeaBus because of the stunning views of the coast line on a sunny day. My transit commute is great for reading. It’s so great I sometimes get so absorbed with a book and I miss my stop!

I hope you’ll enjoy my future posts.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Walking, cycling and transit – the path to healthier living

Active transportation

Let’s talk about health and transportation in our region

Post by TransLink communications advisor Borjana Slipicevic

Hi Buzzer readers, a few weeks ago we started a conversation about the future of transportation in our region. Considerations of health play a large role in transportation planning for our region.

Did you know that every hour you spend in a car each day makes you 6% more likely to be obese? And, every hour you spend walking each day makes you 4.8% less likely to be obese?

Taking transit encourages commuters to walk or cycle to a station or a stop, so by choosing active transportation, you can fulfill more than 25% of your daily required physical requirements.

As research shows, sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of many chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and some cancers. Many chronic diseases are preventable and sustainable transportation choices offer the possibility of prevention and even treatment through increased physical activity.

We are rethinking transportation and the health, economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits it has for the region.

The research report “Transportation and Health: Context Report”, published by UBC’s Health and Community Design Lab, and funded by TransLink and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, shows that transportation and health are closely linked and health outcomes need to be considered in transportation planning.

This report is a part of the process to update Transport 2040, the current regional transportation strategy.

In Transport 2040, the region agreed that the most affordable and efficient way of achieving our livability, economic and environmental goals would be to make it possible for people to make half of all trips by cycling, walking and transit and to reduce distances driven by one third. We believe that if we achieve those two goals, our population will be healthier, economy will be more stable and our air will be cleaner.

What do you think? Fill out the survey on translink.ca/rts so you can be part of the plan.

Author: Borjana Slipicevic

Share your thoughts on the future of transportation in the region

 

2045 Employment & Population Projection map - from the regional and economic growth backgrounder document of the Regional Transportation Strategy

2045 Employment & Population Projection map – from the regional and economic growth backgrounder document of the related documents section of the Regional Transportation Strategy

Post by TransLink communications advisor Borjana Slipicevic

TransLink is updating Transport 2040, with the current Regional Transportation Strategy (RTS) and we are looking for your feedback.

By 2045, Metro Vancouver is expected to welcome one million additional residents, adding 500,000 jobs and three million more passenger trips every day. We can’t have all of those people travelling the same way we do today and keep our quality of life. Improving our system in a way that protects our health, economy, environment and our future is more important than ever.

To ensure that we can achieve all that our region aspires to and within the resources available, we need to start rethinking transportation. We are proposing an approach where we make the most of existing investments, and plan new ones around more walking, cycling and transit.

At the same time, we need to provide more management measures, such as better information, regulation and pricing so people have the tools to make different travel choices. We are also committed to working closely with local governments to encourage community plans that locate jobs, housing and services closer to the frequent transit network.

How to get involved?

We have started a dialogue on this proposed approach and would like to hear from you. Please go to translink.ca/rts, to learn more and read the Draft Strategic Framework for Consultation. Between now and July 8, 2013 you can share your perspectives via an online questionnaire.

Your input is important to us, and will help us finalize the strategic framework and develop an implementation strategy that includes investment options for the future. This is just the beginning. We will continue this conversation in the fall of 2013.