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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.

“Our Greenest City and Transportation 2040 actions are making Vancouver a safer, cleaner, more environmentally friendly city to get around,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Investments in safer walking and cycling – protected bike lanes, improved crosswalks, better lighting – are encouraging people to walk and bike more, and we’re now seeing big increases in walking and bike trips throughout the city.”

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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.

“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change, and moving toward renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Budget today, a balanced and forward-looking plan that continues strong business discipline at City Hall while making significant investments in key community priorities.

“Vancouver’s 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible and community-driven plan that strengthens our communities today and invests in our city’s future,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We heard from Vancouver that residents want their budget to support new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, improved parks and action to meet our Greenest City goals. The 2015 Budget invests in all of these urgent priorities while keeping taxes low and enhancing City services, and I’m very proud to support it.”

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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.

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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.

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The City of Vancouver moved closer today to implementing food scraps collection for apartments and condos in Vancouver, as staff outlined at Council the strategy to comply with the Metro Vancouver ban on organic waste going to the landfill in 2015.

Vancouver’s Green Bin program already serves more than 100,000 single family and duplex homes, as well as 1,800 multi-unit buildings in the city that were already receiving City garbage pick-up. In the first full year of Green bin collection, the amount of garbage collected dropped by 40% as food waste was diverted to composting.

“Our Green Bin program is diverting food scraps from the landfill, and moving us closer to our Greenest City goals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We increasingly hear from people who live in apartments and condos that they want to have their food scraps collected. The City is taking further steps to help make that happen, and will be working with private waste collectors to expand service to all buildings in advance of the 2015 ban.”

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