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VACC-North Shore in the News 2011

May 4, 2011 North Shore Outlook : Cyclists Propose New Bike Loop

A North Shore cycling group is hoping to get more bicycles on West Vancouver’s streets with a proposed new bike loop. The district is playing catch-up with other municipalities when it comes to developing bike-friendly infrastructure, said Peter Scholefield, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s North Shore committee vice-chair. The majority of the municipality’s streets don’t have bicycle lanes and most are tight for space, he said.

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April 29, 2011 North Shore News : Low Level Road hearing date moved to May 25

A delegation from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition also came to council last week, asking staff working on the project with Port Metro Vancouver to give a second-look to lessening the slopes on the new road and adding barriers to separate car and truck traffic from cyclists.

The road is currently heavily used by cyclists as the only flat connection from Lower Lynn to Lower Lonsdale, said Heather Drugge, a North Shore member of the VACC. She said the proposed grades for the new road where the road rises from the intersection at Cotton Road to meet the new overpass to Neptune Terminals are too steep for many cyclists. "While I think there's going to be many benefits for cyclists, the major problem for cyclists is that it takes away our flat route," she said.

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March 2, 2011 : North Shore News Letter to the Editor: Low-Level Road

The following letter was sent to the editor at the North Shore News on February 22th, 2011 regarding our response to the Low-Level Road re-alignment project. The letter was published on March 2, 2011.

Dear Editor

The Low Level Road Re-Alignment Project is a critical piece of the Pacific Gateway Program. The Low Level Road project objectives include increasing truck access to rail and marine terminals to facilitate increased importing and exporting goods. In addition, new train tracks with more capacity and increased marine transportation are planned. While contributing to economic growth, increases in all these forms of transportation will also contribute to increased air pollution, noise and truck traffic through our community.

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February 8, 2011 : North Shore News Letter to the Editor: District of North Vancouver and JBAC

The following letter was sent to the editor at the North Shore News on February 8th, 2011 regarding our concerns about the District pulling out of the Joint Bicycle Advisory Committee:

Dear Editor

Cycling represents the fastest growing transportation mode in the City of Vancouver, where bike lanes and a coordinated cycling network promote and facilitate cycling. The three North Shore municipalities have all committed to increasing the number of trips made by bicycle to encourage healthy, livable and sustainable communities. However, the built cycling infrastructure remains patchy and does little to encourage North Shore residents to shop, commute to work, visit the library, or ride to school on a bicycle.


The letter prompted a response from DNV and the North Shore News followed up to write this story...

District of North Vancouver reorganizes bike committee

February 18, 2011 By Tessa Holloway.

The District of North Vancouver is steering away from the Joint Bicycle Advisory Committee, leaving the city alone at the table and cyclist advocates questioning what this means for the Bicycle Master Plan. Instead, two members of the former JBAC will now sit on the district's Transportation Planning Advisory Committee, while staff will pick up more of the work of co-ordinating projects with the city.

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VACC-North Shore in the News 2010