Tuesday, February 14, 2012

District of North Vancouver sees car-based future

Traffic is only going to get worse on the North Shore.
Despite aiming to concentrate density in transit-served centres, District of North Vancouver planners say the car will be the community’s dominant transportation option for decades to come.
Doug Doyle, acting district manager of engineering services, told a Monday night council workshop that by 2030, staff hope that 35 per cent of all trips would be made either by walking, biking or taking transit, up from the current 21 per cent.
The district hopes that TransLink will provide frequent bus service — seven- to 10-minute intervals — from Lynn Valley to Lower Lynn, Capilano University and the Lower Capilano Area. Express buses are hoped for from Lynn Valley and Lower Lynn to Lonsdale, Park Royal, and Dundarave.

Read more:


Anonymous said...

The late great DNV Councillor Ernie Crist said that before every development there was the same company that continually submitted reports that there would be not be problems with the trafffic.


Developers came in and made money and now the current residents have to pay for traffic calming?

Bad government.

Anonymous said...

Traffic calming is about idiots who can't drive the posted speed limit and has nothing to do with the quantity of drivers. If you don't want to pay for traffic calming, take action against the irresponsible soccer moms who are too important to obey the rules of the road.

And of course you're going to see a car based future in the District because of the sprawl. You won't see an improvement in transit until you guys get serious about density.

Anonymous said...

There is much talk lately about densification of our communities. What is not talked about is the crime, pollution, traffic congestion, etc. that always follows.

We bought our homes here for tranquility. What we are getting from our Council is a lack of any kind of knowledge or understanding about we the DNV residents want.

We need to get the voters out. That is the mandate.

sue lakes cook said...

I have heard the density argument from Translink for over 20 years now, and quite frankly I think it is a load of garbage.

All you have to do is to compare both the types of buses and frequency of service between West Vancouver and North Vancouver.

West Vancouver has a number of different styles of buses, including the long accordian styles. Just wait for a bus at Park Royal and you will get at least 2 West Vancouver buses for every North Vancouver one.

Look at the high taxes North Vancouver people are paying for Translink compared to other communities and then ask Translink why there are so few changes to transit in North Vancouver.

Of course there are "sleeper" bus routes such as Highland, and most of the Seymour area, but there are some routes that area a packed jammed nightmare. Those are the 230, 239, 229 from North Van and the 255 from West Van (although it is a much more comfortable bus).
The reason these buses are such a nightmare is because they are all going past shopping centers, and therefore not only have single passengers but a large number of baby motels which take up at least 2 - 3 seats (and everyone with the baby motel seems entitled to a seat as well) so there goes all the seating for seniors. As well, buses often pass people in wheelchairs because of the baby motels.

The new North Vancouver buses are also very dangerous to passengers if they are not seated. People are thrown around all over the place as soon as the driver starts (most don't even wait until seniors sit down). We can thank the Conservatives for them - you will see the Federal sticker on the top front of the buses.

WE pay the money - Translink should give us our monies worth and not use some stupid and old excuse for NOT giving us what we deserve.

Anonymous said...

West Vancouver spends more per capita on Transit.

Anonymous said...

Look what they're doing to the people in South Surrey -- by tolling the bridge?

No tolling of the Sea to Sky Highway.

Anonymous said...

The Libs don't toll their buddies going up to Whistler.

They blew up the bluffs and spent much more.

Anonymous said...

I suspect Cycling for Recreation will dramatically increase over the next decade, but I doubt many of our residents will adopt it as a mode of non-rec transportation.