Where are the Public Washrooms in the City?

Walk Metro Vacouver has 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 …

Walk or Bike to Work, Save Billions of Dollars

The British  non-profit Sustrans has been examining governmental plans to increase walking and cycling and have figured out that if the plans are implemented within ten years, that 13,000 lives will be saved and nearly 9.31 billion pounds or 16 billion Canadian dollars still in coffers. The CEO of Sustrans stated “The new findings reiterate that…

Moving Pedestrians with that “Hissing” Noise

  If you have been walking on Vancouver’s Seymour Street between Robson and Smithe you have probably heard it~kind of a high-pitched hissing noise, with a bit of a pulse to it. And no, it is not a heat pump or something related to a building’s air conditioning. That sound is actually a deterrent to…

Accessibility and Why it Needs to be Embedded in “Walkability”

  There has been a very valuable discussion on Twitter from Ms. Sinenomine about the use of the term “Walkability”. She is well worth a follow, and presents a stalwart and stark view of how the language we use focuses away from the root of accessibility and universal acceptance. She states the obvious: we need to do…

That City Walk Can Kill You in the Pedestrian Death Capital of Canada

  The statistics have just been released that there were 11 murders in the City of Vancouver in 2016.  The 11 murders did not include the 11 pedestrians who died by being crashed into by vehicles on city streets. And some sobering statistics for  Metro Vancouver-“the coroners’ research found that 40 per cent of pedestrians…