Vancouver Council to Widen Grandview? – Speak out Oct 18 9:30 am at City Hall

The report from City of Vancouver staff calling for the widening of 12 Avenue to accommodate traffic from the planned freeway expansion is coming before City Council (sitting as the Standing Committee of Council on City Services and Budgets) Thursday October 18 at 9:30 AM. We can stop the proposed widening of 12th Avenue, if enough of us speak out.

The report, including the Grandview Woodland Area Council motion opposing the widening of 12th Avenue, is at <http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20071018/cs20071018.htm>http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20071018/cs20071018.htm.

Note that this report does not even mention the City of Vancouver’s climate change policies – the widening of 12th Avenue for so-called HOV lanes clearly contradicts these policies. Vancouver recently signed the BC Climate Action Charter which commits Vancouver to "foster a built environment that supports a reduction in car dependency and energy use." Freeway expansions foster automobile dependant sprawl.

Also note that the Ministry of Transportation’s (MoT) own study projects an increase in traffic volumes of about 20-30% on East Vancouver arterial streets if the freeway is expanded. Some City staff have been repeating the MoT’s spin that increases would be much less than this (the spin doctor’s trick is that they are referring to AM peak hour traffic only). We breath 24 hours a day, not just during the peak of the AM rush. Greenhouse gas emissions are also not only emitted during a one hour period in the morning.

To register to speak, please call Lori Isfeld at 604.871.6355, e-mail <mailto:lori.isfeld@vancouver.ca>lori.isfeld@vancouver.ca

Note that on August 27, 2007 Burnaby Council quietly passed the following motion by a margin of 7-2, in what a local media report called drawing a line in the sand:

THAT Council decline the Province’s request for the City to enter into negotiations on the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Port Mann / Highway 1 project until the Provincial Government satisfactorily addresses issues raised by the City of Burnaby.

If Vancouver City Council does not match Burnaby’s principled stand it will be rolling over and playing dead in response to Falcon’s bullying. If they do follow Burnaby’s lead, starting by rejecting the staff recommendations, it will be a very significant stand for climate sanity and against freeway expansion. For more information on Burnaby’s motion and report, see:
<http://www.cleanairradio.ca/Reports/SPEC_Gateway_Briefing_Burnaby_Line.pdf>http://www.cleanairradio.ca/Reports/SPEC_Gateway_Briefing_Burnaby_Line.pdf

Let’s help our politicians do the right thing. If you can’t make it to the meeting, please phone your elected representatives: <http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm>http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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