City of North Vancouver Emphasizes Public Transportation in New Transportation Plan

Getting more people on public transport rather than in their private vehicle for non-short trips is one of the key goals in the city of North Vancouver’s design mobility strategy.

The latest public consultation has just started on the transport plan, which will be refined based on the feedback received before being sent to the city council for final approval in the spring of 2022.

The city is proposing to work with TransLink to adopt more priority public transport measures – such as priority traffic lights and bus-only lanes – to speed up buses, particularly on routes considered part of the frequent transport network (frequencies of every 15 minutes or better).

The city is also part of a partnership with the two other municipal governments and First Nations on the North Shore in advocating for a high-speed rail line running east-west across the North Shore and providing an additional fixed way to cross. Burrard Inlet to access other parts of Metro Vancouver to the south.

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Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit concepts of two North Shore SkyTrain lines via the Second Narrows: Gold Line from Park Royal to downtown Vancouver via Hastings, and Purple Line from Park Royal to Brentwood Town Center Station and Metrotown Station via Willingdon Avenue. (North coast connects)

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Concept for the refurbishment of Esplanade in North Vancouver. (City of North Vancouver)

The plan states that the municipal government wants to double its active transportation efforts to better accommodate shorter trips, and this could lead to less vehicle use. It would free up space on the road for those who have to move by car. This includes improving sidewalks, introducing more amenities such as rest areas, weather protection, secure bicycle sheds, cycle paths, improved signage, and more public space making measures and activations.

When it comes to vehicular road design, the city is considering measures to minimize the potential conflict where different street users converge, with a special focus on intersections, and is considering a network of 30 km/h streets.

Other considerations include encouraging car participants to expand their fleet and improve the efficiency and safety of freight traffic.

To help achieve the overarching goals of the plan, an analysis would be conducted of the vehicle parking supply required for new construction developments.

The city will consider lowering minimum vehicle parking to improve choice and flexibility in how businesses and residents use their properties to meet their transportation needs, and improve affordability through the high construction costs associated with building. level of underground parking. Reductions in minimum vehicle parking spaces could be sought for areas near the frequent transit network, and parking ceilings could be set for new multi-unit residential buildings.

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Map of street types in the city of North Vancouver. (City of North Vancouver)

The land area of ​​the city of North Vancouver is only 12 square kilometers – about 10% the size of Vancouver. It is home to approximately 55,000 residents, which would give it a population density per square kilometer comparable to Vancouver.

The compact city is the urban core of the North Shore; the jurisdiction already experiences relatively high percentages of walking and rolling – a combined mode share of 23% of trips – in part because many residents live near shops, restaurants, services and amenities.

According to surveys conducted in recent years, residents of the city make three trips a day, be it to get to work, go to school, drop off and pick up children, or run errands.

Despite population growth, the share of car journeys has decreased by 3% to 70% over the past ten years. But the average distance traveled is two km more than ten years ago, now an average distance of 15 km per day.

Public transport and active transport also increased by 3% in the same ten years.

In general, most of the city residents’ journeys remain within the North Shore.

The online survey for the latest public consultation on the city’s design mobility strategy is now available until 6 February 2022.

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