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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO:
Tune in to the 99% Invisible podcast – Paved Paradise, where producer Roman Mars discusses the impact of parking lots in America.
The annual Vancouver transportation survey results are out! Read the results and check out the summary presentation that was shared with Council on May 31.
Also on May 31, Vancouver City Council passed a motion directing staff to report back with an update to Vancouver’s building bylaw to align with the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, a building efficiency strategy designed to help meet the CleanBC target of all new homes being net-zero energy ready by 2032.
- Discover new rebates for e-bikes
- Learn about Missing Middle housing
- Share your thoughts on revitalizing Granville Street
- Provide feedback on the Jericho Lands planning process
PROVINCE LAUNCHES E-BIKE REBATE PROGRAM
Did you hear? The Province launched an Electric Bike Rebate Program on June 1, offering income-qualified rebates for this convenient, healthy and sustainable way to get around. With $350 available to all applicants, and additional amounts of $1000 and $1400 for individuals meeting specific income criteria, this program will help make e-bikes accessible to more people in our city. Unlike previous programs, there is no need to scrap a car to access the rebate.
Join thousands who have already discovered the joy of e-bikes and say hello to convenient, healthy and sustainable transportation. Even better, switching from a fossil fuel-powered car to an e-bike to get around can help tackle the 40% of carbon pollution in Vancouver that comes from burning gas and diesel in our vehicles
- Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Get on the waitlist at bcebikerebates.ca.
- New to cycling? Register for HUB Cycling’s free in-person and online courses through Streetwise Cycling Education Centres to learn about essential and helpful gear, pre-ride ABC quick checks, route planning and more.
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
MULTIPLEX ENGAGEMENT UPDATE
Missing Middle housing options can help us create an affordable, equitable and sustainable city. As Vancouver grows and evolves, we need to ensure there are housing options to meet the needs of the diverse array of households. ‘Missing Middle’ housing fills the gap between houses and larger apartment buildings with a range of building types such as multiplexes, townhouses and more.
The proposed Missing Middle policy aims to:
The proposed changes will simplify and align existing regulations across all low density (RS) zones to make it easier to build new housing, increase building design choice and flexibility, improve certainty for applicants by creating clear rules for what can be built and create policy for new Missing Middle housing. Initiatives like this support our Climate Emergency Action Plan by creating more housing options that make up complete, connected neighbourhoods.
This summer, staff will bring a report to Council with the proposed changes for referral to public hearing later this fall.
- Simplify regulations
- Increase affordability
- Increase equity
- Increase sustainability
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
GRANVILLE STREET PLANNING
Vancouver’s downtown Granville Street area is an eclectic and electric entertainment district with a rich cultural history. Known for its neon signs, this area of Granville Street is a central hub for arts, music and live performance, along with retail, office space, hotels, theatres, nightclubs and dining establishments.
The area has had challenges over the years and there is growing interest from community partners, residents, visitors, businesses and other stakeholders to bring forward new ideas – while celebrating its past – for an exciting, welcoming, safe and inclusive downtown destination that is alive with activity.
The new plan will:
Area planning projects like Granville Street Planning support our Climate Emergency Action Plan’s objective of creating complete, walkable neighbourhoods on the path to cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030.
Help us design and create a new and improved Granville Street that is easy to get to by walking, rolling, biking or on transit! Here’s how you can get involved:
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
- Improve connections to active transportation and transit
- Advance Reconciliation, equity and accessibility
- Support arts, culture and heritage in Vancouver
- Prioritize programs that support gender-based and overall safety
- Protect and strengthen job space
- Expand tourism
- Enhance public space to support a range of activities
JERICHO LANDS PLANNING
On June 16, the Jericho Lands planning program will launch the fourth phase of public engagement on the future redevelopment of the 90-acre site. The site is a joint venture between the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and Canada Lands Company.
Redeveloping the site is an opportunity for the Host Nations to express their deep connection to the land, while bringing forward new opportunities for prosperity for future generations. Priorities include:
The fourth phase of engagement launched on June 16. Catch up on the progress to date and provide your feedback by:
- Creating a complete community with a range of housing options for different income levels
- Providing new housing within walking distance of transit routes, including a potential SkyTrain extension to UBC
- Advancing our collective work toward reconciliation
- Providing shops, services, childcare, and employment space to support the new community and the rest of the city
- Recognizing and celebrating cultural and heritage assets
- Creating new parks, open spaces, and other community amenities
SUPPORTING: CLIMATE EMERGENCY, CLIMATE ADAPTATION
Holding Climate Emotions: A Youth-Led Climate Justice Conference
Join this SFU event to hear youth discuss overwhelming climate emotions in a shared space and reflect on how action can be taken together. This event will feature a variety of speakers, organizers, researchers and panellists who are committed to climate justice, political protest, and emotional resilience.
580 West Hastings
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation offers free community repair cafes, as the more we repair, the longer products stay in circulation and this means less waste.
Vancouver City Hall
City Hosted Cleanup and Invasive Species Removal
Join our green infrastructure team to conduct a cleanup and/or participate in removal of morning glory, an invasive species, at a nearby green infrastructure plaza.
YPE Vancouver In-Person Networking Event
Join the Vancouver Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy to network with like-minded folks and talk about energy and sustainability.
The Wicklow Pub
Free Swap at Hillcrest Summer Festival
Bring one or two clean, ‘portable under one arm’ items that are in good working condition and browse the swap tables for something you can use. ‘Swaps’ are a way to declutter your home, share items you don’t need any longer, and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.
Birding with Me: Welcoming BIPOC Youth and Adults
Join Stanley Park Ecology Society as they explore birding and biodiversity on a free guided walk for the BIPOC community.
Moving with Storms: Celebrating the PWIAS Catalyst Program
Join the Climate and Nature Emergency Catalyst Program for a special evening of dinner, music, movement and networking.
University Endowment Lands
Explore Water Monitoring with Swim Drink Fish
Join Swim Drink Fish for a hands-on learning opportunity to monitor water quality, learn about water quality issues, make informed decisions and get involved in protecting your water.
1806 Maritime Mews
Join the Environmental Youth Alliance for a grounding after-work workshop in nature. You will learn about eco-mindfulness, explore the beautiful Strathcona Community Gardens, engage in meditation and journaling exercises and receive a surprise gift to continue your practice at home.
Strathcona Community Garden
West End Community Clean-up Day
Help clean up the streets in the West End catchment area. The event is open to everyone and all supplies will be provided.
Gordon Neighbourhood House
Women’s Summer Cycling Program
July & August (Tuesday evenings)
Are you looking for a supportive community of new riders to help you grow your cycling skills? HUB Cycling’s Women's Summer Cycling Program is non-binary and trans inclusive and offers six, 2-hour sessions, starting with the basics of cycling and maintenance and culminating with group rides around the neighborhood.
Trout Lake Community Centre
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