Strong town centres contain people, workplaces, transportation and pedestrian choices. Shops, services, and arts venues also bring vibrancy to a town centre. Planners in Surrey recently gave the Central City area exactly that type of boost when the new Surrey City Hall took center stage for Culture Days. Learn why the original planning for this facility included a role for the arts and get a taste of event, which saw talented singers, dancers, and musicians show off Surrey’s artistic side.
Cycling has become more popular these days, especially with growing concern about climate change and the negative effects of having so many cars on the road. Metro Vancouver manages air quality in the region and one viable strategy for cleaner air is the development of infrastructure that makes cycling a viable choice for as many people as possible. At a local cycling conference, attendees learned how designing for timid cyclists brings benefits to commuter riders as well. The city of Burnaby has become a leader in this regard, and is the first city in Metro Vancouver to develop a standard that developers must adhere to when putting up buildings in Burnaby’s town centres. But rather than a burden, it’s being seen as great way to attract buyers.
After decades of disruption, many local streams are being engineered to encourage the return of spawning salmon. A key element is volunteer time and effort, coupled with municipal support. In West Vancouver, one of their 22 streams was enhanced at the foot of 19th St. Learn how volunteers and the city collaborated, making McDonald Creek more welcoming to salmon species heading upstream.
Waste collection took center stage at the New Westminster Uptown Live outdoor music festival. A new sponsor meant a chance to try something new with waste reduction. The event organizers teamed up with sponsors and suppliers to work towards a zero waste approach to the festivities. It’s part of a region-wide shift to food recycling programs, which are expected to help push waste diversion rates well above the 60% total achieved in 2013.
The Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area has two caretakers: the Corporation of Delta and Metro Vancouver. 2014 marks ten years of cooperation between the two levels of government protecting the bog, including monitoring water flows around its edge.
Electric cars are gaining in popularity because they are efficient, low-emission, and fun to drive. Now the City of Surrey is helping encourage their use throughout Metro Vancouver, with the Emotive awareness campaign and a host of new plug-in stations to encourage their use.