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After two years of community consultation with input from over 7,800 participants at 115 public events and meetings, City Council voted last night to approve a balanced and inclusive new 30-year community plan for Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood, which includes more affordable housing and the development of a 10 acre waterfront park.

“Marpole is an important gateway to Vancouver and one of our city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s home to an especially high number of seniors, young families, and renters,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We took the time to listen to the community and get it right, and the new Marpole Plan reflects that input by focusing new density on major arterials and protecting neighbourhood character. It’s a balanced and inclusive plan that focuses on building new affordable housing, creating jobs, improving transportation, and creating significant new green space throughout Marpole and along the Fraser River, and I am very proud to support it.”

The plan will support the construction of 1,085 units of new social housing, 835 new units of rental housing, and over 6,800 new home ownership units over the next 30 years. It also supports significant community amenity upgrades, crucial new park space – including a 10-acre park along the Fraser – and the creation of over 9,500 new jobs and 478 new childcare spaces.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson joined PCI Developments Corp today to announce that Marine Gateway, the city’s largest transit-oriented office tower outside of downtown, will become a hub for green jobs with the news that Westport Innovations will be its anchor commercial tenant.

“Marine Gateway is an innovative mixed-use development that is hitting high green standards and delivering a major economic benefit to the community and our city as a whole,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This entire development speaks to both our Economic Action Strategy and our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, which together provide a roadmap for growing our economy and strengthening our local environment. I can’t think of a more appropriate company than Westport for Marine Gateway’s office tower.”

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Vancouver City Council voted this week to move forward with a new public bike share system in Vancouver, with 1500 bikes and new 125 docking stations rolling out in 2014. Here’s some of the reaction from the press and on social media:

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Council will hear a report from staff next week regarding the implementation and roll-out of a new public bike share system in Vancouver.

It’s an exciting program that staff have thought through very carefully, working to meet the demand for new cycling infrastructure and add Vancouver to the more than 500 cities worldwide with bike share programs already in place. A recent poll found 70% support in Metro Vancouver for a public bike share program.

1500 new shared bicycles will be placed around Downtown, the West End, Mount Pleasant, Fairview, and Kitsilano. The bikes will be placed at 125 accessibly located docking stations, sited every 2-3 blocks.

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Data from Vancouver’s network of four downtown separated bike lanes shows record levels of cycling ridership in the first half of 2013 when compared to the same period in previous years.

A total of over 1,035,000 cycling trips were recorded from January to June 2013 in separated lanes on Hornby Street, Dunsmuir Street, the Burrard Bridge, and the Dunsmuir Viaduct. The data shows a 3% increase from the same period in 2012 and a 3.8% increase over 2011.

The gains are driven primarily by increased ridership on Hornby and the Dunsmuir Viaduct, which have seen single year increases of 11.9% and 11.5% respectively.

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Council will hear a report from staff next week regarding the implementation and roll-out of a new public bike share system in Vancouver.

It’s an exciting program that staff have thought through very carefully, working to meet the demand for new cycling infrastructure and add Vancouver to the more than 500 cities worldwide with bike share programs already in place. A recent poll found 70% support in Metro Vancouver for a public bike share program.

1500 new shared bicycles will be placed around Downtown, the West End, Mount Pleasant, Fairview, and Kitsilano. The bikes will be placed at 125 accessibly located docking stations, sited every 2-3 blocks.

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