This morning I attended the above breakfast meeting and listened to three interesting presentations on Cycling in Cities. There were presentations by Kay Teschke, Professor, School of Population and Public Health at UBC, Tegan Smith, a Senior Planner with the District of North Vancouver, and from Stuart Ramsay, Manager of Transportation Planning with City of Burnaby. To view the slides and some quick takeaways, read on.
Kay Teschke, UBC
The biggest takeaway from Kay's presentation is that peoples habits can be changed if the right infrastructure is provided. To get people cycling you have to give them their own segregated facilities, you have to make them feel safe. Many of Kays publications and research can be found here http://cyclingincities.spph.ubc.ca/ which I intend to study in greater detail in due course.
Tegan Smith, District of North Vancouver
This one was of particular interest as I will soon be a Lynn Valley resident. Tegan presented some examples of the challenges they face such as large established single family neighbourhoods, the need for new development to make space to add extra space for cycling and walking, the challenges with the topography of the District, having to cross creeks and the steep hills in many locations, and the challenge of providing truly connected and continuous routes. The DNV Cycling Plan can be viewed here http://www.dnv.org/article.asp?a=3273
Stuart Ramsay, City of Burnaby
Stuart's presentation was very similar to the ITE Breakfast presentation he spoke at a few weeks ago, the slides are somewhat similar and explain the cities new guidelines for street design and their approach to providing complete streets and routes for cyclists. As I said previously, they are in the fortunate position of having their town centres undergoing significant developer led regeneration which allows them to include space for their new street designs. For more information you can visit the City's website http://www.burnaby.ca/City-Services/Policies--Projects---Initiatives/Community-Development/Town-Centre-Standards.html