Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver and Vision Vancouver: SAVE KITS BEACH, TAKE A STAND!Tearing up "Family Park" green space for 12' wide asphalt bike lane
  • Petitioned Mayor Gregor Robertson

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Vancouver City Hall 453 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y1V4
Mayor Gregor Robertson

Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver and Vision Vancouver: SAVE KITS BEACH, TAKE A STAND!Tearing up "Family Park" green space for 12' wide asphalt bike lane

    1. Margaret Partridge
    2. Petition by

      Margaret Partridge

      Vancouver, Canada

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We support bike lanes, however when our citizens agree and there are better, more economical alternatives.... It's time to take a STAND!

Thousands of Kits Beach users, neighbors and Kits Beach icons stand firm and cannot sit idly by on this contentious issue:

We  are  not  activists,  nor  politically  minded,  we  simply  care  about  our  beach  and  community  and proper democratic process.

The city’s increased risk / liability in their APPROVED bike route is a vital point:
We definitely can point out the hazards of the current proposal and encourage deeper thought on options and/or mitigation measures.

We are asking our elected civic officials to properly respect our intimate knowledge and deep attachment to this Beach / public park and help us / our community understand why they are proposing the current plan that seems so fraught with danger and practicality ?

We also suggest a more economical and practical alternative solutions to the existing plan that all key stakeholders agree are viable alternative bike paths.

Our key messages:

1.  Unconscionable  and  totally  unnecessary  destruction  of  green  space  for  the  wannabe ‘greenest city on earth’

2.  Doesn’t  address extremely concerning  safety  issues – serious  new  safety/ liability  hazards  to park users who are all pedestrians.

3.  Improper  ‘due  process’ – total  lack  of  engagement,  advisement,  consultation,  public  signage, public meetings, with all key stakeholders. Their (370 person) ‘ survey’ was skewed and not reflective at all of our community or the will of the citizens.  There has been an unparalleled rush to construction....

4.  The overwhelming majority of our community are in complete opposition to this plan and they are prepared to take firm measures. (With respect: Rosa Parks simply refused to move).

5.  BC Cycling Association leader agrees with and supports an alternative adjacent nearby road route in principle.

6.  One additional (KPRA) issue of contention: The official Covenant on Hadden Park. (The city has already destroyed so much of the Hadden family donation, so this paved bike route right through their donation is adding insult to injury).

7.  Please see / list the annexed list of representatives and their iconic Kits Beach – related organizations that are unified in protecting Kits Beach green and picnic, recreational space that stand firm with these tenets.

Thank you

To:
Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver City Hall 453 West 12th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y1V4
SAVE KITS BEACH, TAKE A STAND!
Tearing up "Family Park" green space for 12' wide asphalt bike lane

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. We Won!!!

      Margaret Partridge
      Petition Organizer
      No bikeway through Kitsilano's Hadden Park

      The Vancouver Park Board has abandoned the idea of building a separated bike path through Hadden Park, on the city's west side. Board Chair Niki Sharma says they've heard clearly from the public that there is significant concern with any proposed changes, which had been the subject of a lawsuit.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Court date set for Kitsilano bike path battle

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      Petition Organizer
      Court date set for Kitsilano bike path battle

      Does a concrete bike path improve a park or violate its natural state? A court date has been set for March for a B.C. Supreme Court judge to settle this battle between Kitsilano residents and the City of Vancouver and the park board.

    4. Vancouver park board shelves Kits Beach bike path in wake of lawsuit

      Margaret Partridge
      Petition Organizer
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      Petition Organizer
    6. "Oscar winning Kits filmmaker David Fine (Bob's Birthday) has created a 3 m

      Margaret Partridge
      Petition Organizer

      Well documented movie short that explains clearly what we are fighting for! Thank you to everyone who has supported this great cause, we are at 1,103 signatures. Please spread the word, tell everyone you know to sign the petition. Thank you! http://youtu.be/9-xxXVf76pc

      Kits Bike Path - The Movie

      All about Vancouver Park Board's decision to ram an ill-conceived bike path through the green space at Kits Beach. Here's the petition: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/gregor-robertson-mayor-of-vancouver-and-vision-vancouver-save-kits-beach-take-a-stand-tearing-up-family-park-green-space-for-12-wide-asphalt-bike-lane And here's the email address for the Parks Board pbcomment@vancouver.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveKitsBeachCoalition?fref=ts

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Michael McCarthy VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      The beach is to be enjoyed for relaxation, play and picnics... not for traffic.

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    • Pat White VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      have used the jewel that is Kits for 40+ years as a teen, young adult, parent with kids and now as grandparent with grandkids. Would love to see ALL (ridden) bikes move back to designated path on exisitng street as this area can be busy with people. I bike and walk frequently in area.

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    • Janet Munro VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      One of the sacred and most respected things in Vancouver is park space. True park space, where people can spend a day, relax, play with the children or grandchildren, free from cost, free from danger, free. A bike lane through this santuary that is the Kits Beach area will take how many square meters of this legacy away? For what? Bikes already own much of the Vancouver roadway. i am a cyclist and i for one don't need this space. I can walk my bike through there. If i want to go through there, i will walk and enjoy the vast beauty part of which is seeing people free in this environment to breathe in nature, the ocean and something that makes vancouver unique. IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO STOP AND ENJOY THEN RIDE BY IT ON A ROAD!!!!!!

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    • Sue Phypers VANCOUVER , BC, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      Vancouver is losing the precious green spaces for all th wrong reasons. Kits Point is a "gem" of the city and used by many people from all over the Lower Mainland. Why on earth do you need an ugly piece of asphalt to ruin this?

      You could easliy enlarge the roadway/sidewalk that already exists, and not used by many. You plan is ludicrous ; give your heads a shake City Hall. If you have anything up there to shake. I am absolutley astounded by your actions, please STOP this insanity!!!!!

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    • Judy Barton NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      This is valuable green space that needs to be there for "Families & the community"

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