Tag Archives: Cycling in Vancouver

Pedestrians & Cyclists Contribute To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

The ECOreport looks at a report from British Columbia, Pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses.

By Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their  revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends $15 to $20 more per month.  A University of Melbourne report pointed out (pp 38, 39) that as six bikes fit into one car park, car drivers need to spend six times as much as cyclists to produce the same economic benefit. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses. 

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Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

The ECOreport looks at how bicycles triumphed over Cars and transit in Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver just held its’ Eighth Annual Share the Road Challenge. There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit .

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

The ECOreport looks into the possibility Vancouver surpasses Portland As North America’s #1 biking city

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 48 events across Metro Vancouver. More than 6,300 people registered through HUB Cycling’s website, a 47% increase over last year. They logged over 260,000 km, enough to circle the earth 6.5 times! Those are a few of the highlights of Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week (October 26-November 1).

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How Vancouver Will Adopt 100% Renewable Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s Renewable City Strategy has been released. The city currently obtains 31% of its’ from clean energy sources. Though the Acting City Manager says he finds it “hard to imagine a city without fossil fuels,” he “enthusiastically supports” this plan.  How Vancouver will adopt 100% renewable energy by 2050 .
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Exploring Vancouver Through Streetfilms.org

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Streetfilms.org is an incredible video gateway to the World’s sustainable transportation network. There are nearly 500 videos, made in North America, Europe and Asia, to entice people into the movement for livable streets. For my first tour around the site, I picked the theme of exploring Vancouver through Streetfilms.org.

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Vancouver’s Fastest Growing Transportation Sector

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the numbers are still far from what is being reported in European cities like Copenhagen, more and more British Columbians are adopting bicycles as their principal form of transportation. According to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Transportation, 25,115 cyclists participated in Bike to Work Week in 2014. A large number of them were in one city. Cycling is Vancouver’s fastest growing transportation sector.

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