The City of Vancouver is encouraged that today’s federal budget makes significant commitments to short and long-term investments in housing, transit and social infrastructure, and Mayor Robertson and the City are reaffirming their commitment to work closely with both the provincial and federal governments to expedite projects that put this funding to use.
Greenest City and Climate Change
Starting this summer, there will be a new way to get around Vancouver on two wheels. Today, the City of Vancouver announces its selection of CycleHop Canada as the operator of Vancouver’s public bike share (PBS) program.
“Vancouver's cycling numbers are skyrocketing and we've been hearing from many residents wanting a bike share network here,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Public bike share will extend the reach of transit and walking trips and will be a great way for people to move around Vancouver, while supporting our Healthy City and Greenest City goals.”
“Today’s news that 2015 was the hottest year on record is another foreboding reminder that climate change cannot be ignored. The threat is real and all levels of government need to act urgently to dramatically reduce fossil fuel pollution and protect our environment and economy. In today’s connected world, the increasing severity of droughts, storms, sea level rise and heat waves puts all of us at risk.
Today City Council approved Vancouver’s 2016 Budget. This balanced budget will keep taxes and fees low while making investments in priority areas such as affordable housing, transportation, and infrastructure.
“The City of Vancouver plays a strong role in supporting our city’s economic leadership and enhancing the livability and quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver is keeping taxes low while investing in priorities like affordable housing, community services and better service delivery.”