The City of Vancouver’s ocean-dependent industries, which directly employ 4% of the city’s population, are a crucial economic driver to the City and its “Greenest City” reputation. A new study concludes that both of these could be negatively impacted by an oil spill as a result of a nearly seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, from 5 to 34 per month, resulting from Kinder Morgan Canada’s pipeline expansion proposal.
Greenest City and Climate Change
50% of trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling or transit
A new report presented to City Council today showed that the City of Vancouver is achieving its Greenest City 2020 goal for transportation mode share, with 50% of trips within the city now consisting of walking, biking, or transit — up from 40% in 2008.
Car use in the City has declined even as the economy and population have grown, while cycling has seen a steady increase: city-wide cycling trips saw a year-over-year increase of 20% from 2013 to 2014.
Mayor Robertson has been invited to Paris for the week of May 5th to address the French National Assembly regarding Vancouver’s work to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. The event is hosted by the president of France’s parliament, Claude Bartolone, and will also feature Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Vancouver City Council has voted unanimously to support a shift toward the city deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources, as the City of Vancouver nears the half-way mark of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
The motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson directs staff to report back by autumn with a reasonable timeline on which to meet the comprehensive goal, which the City of Vancouver is now the first North American city to establish.
Cycling routes and separated bike lanes have seen record usage numbers throughout the month of July.
This year, the Burrard Bridge bike lane marks its fifth year in use, seeing more than 5 million trips since its installation. This summer, the Burrard Bridge bike lane has seen record bike traffic month over month, with July hitting a record number 195,000 bike trips up from 161,000 in July 2013 - a 21 per cent increase.
Tomorrow the City of Vancouver will ask the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision to not consider the effects of climate change in its assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal.The City of Vancouver filed the original motion on May 15, 2014 requesting that the NEB consider climate change in the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal review, and the NEB rejected this motion in July. The NEB will consider the broader economic benefits associated with the pipeline but not the broader environmental impacts. As a coastal city, the City of Vancouver will be directly affected by the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
Results from an on-going City of Vancouver online survey show strong public opposition in Vancouver to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal, with particular concerns about environmental and climate change impacts.