20 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mayor Greg Robertson and Vancouver City Council

So much for bike lanes. What about Vancouver's stupid windows. Restore sanity to City Hall

Traffic on Vancouver West End's major exit south and east on Pacific Avenue through Burrard Bridge has been totally messed up to create more space for cyclists where there is little bicycle traffic.  How many cyclists do you see on the bicycle lane to the right of the cars in the picture? The shrunken lanes on Pacific Avenue and Burrard make it extremely difficult for motorists to exit and enter the West End with long lineups especially in rush hour. Instead of stopping there, this travesty seems to be spreading to other parts of the city, threatening the lifestyles and productivity of the majority of Vancouver residents. Burrard Bridge and Pacific Avenue leading to the bridge have been reduced to single lane traffic that may extend for miles, with hundreds of cars idling and unnecessarily polluting the air, not to mention the enormous difficulty that motorists face every day to commute to and from work. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour for motorists to get on the bridge, only to face an extremely slow bumper to bumper traffic on the shrunken lanes. It is a dark joke that these changes have been brought about in the name of making Vancouver a green city. It ought to be measured how much extra fuel motorists have wasted and how much more pollution has been generated in downtown Vancouver since this scheme was put into effect. It has been established by statistics that at least 85-percent of residents commute by car, while cyclists make up a fraction of commuters. Mobility is a fundamental constitutional right of citizens. Nobody has the right to restrict the mobility of motorists if this is how they choose to commute. Nobody has the right to force citizens to give up their cars and walk or cycle to work or to fulfil other necessities. This seems to be the motive behind the manufactured traffic congestion. This scheme is also creating a generational divide and antagonism between the young and the mature residents of the city. This mess, which has cost millions of taxpayer dollars, has been created arbitrarily without any referendum and without consent of the majority of residents affected. This is totally undemocratic and reminiscent of public decisions made in underdeveloped Third World countries and dictatorships. Burrard Bridge, Pacific Avenue, all related access and exits, and all concrete traffic alterations and deviations made throughout the city for bike lanes and bike rentals should be restored to what they were before this scheme was implemented.

Steffan Ileman
4,388 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to City of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson

Make Vancouver bid for a Major League Baseball team.

Vancouver has a long and storied history of loving baseball, and the MLB is interested in expanding by two additional teams. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated that it would be ideal for there for there to be an expansion team on the west coast. Portland is the most likely choice for most, but why not Vancouver? Of course, there would need to be much work done to achieve this, but it would be possible. More importantly, it would be wildly successful. The Vancouver Canadians routinely sell out their stadium of well over six thousand fans, and that is just for single-A baseball. Imagine the hype an MLB team would generate around not only Vancouver but all of western Canada. A prime example of this is the annual series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. During this series, despite being on the road, Seattle is flooded with Blue Jays fans from all over western Canada, prominently from the Vancouver area. Vancouver placed bids in past MLB expansions, most recently for a team in 1998; however, the proposals were not taken seriously. The primary reason for this was the lack of a proper stadium. BC Place stadium was insufficient for baseball back then and would be absurd for it now. Building a new stadium wouldn't be easy, but it would be worth it. So with expansion around the corner, and with Vancouver having both an amazing fanbase and a geographical advantage, we must ask again; why not Vancouver?

Jeremy Hughes
12 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to John Horgan

Stop The Construction Of Bike Lanes Around Vancouver General Hospital !

Dear Premier Horgan Vancouver General Hospital and vicinity is the premier health care centre for residents of Greater Vancouver and, indeed, for all residents of British Columbia. West 10th Avenue is home to numerous specialty health care facilities that may not be available elsewhere in the Province. It is the Provincial Government’s responsibility that these services are delivered to all British Columbians in the most efficient and effective manner without impediment or interference by municipal politicians. The City of Vancouver has no mandate or authority to interfere in or adversely affect access to these services by residents of British Columbia. It is therefore patently unreasonable and socially irresponsible that Vancouver City Council has decided to build bike lanes around Vancouver General Hospital and West 10th Avenue without a referendum on this issue. We suggest, in fact, that the City should have obtained the Province’s express consent for this project since the delivery of health care services is constitutionally under the Provincial Government’s jurisdiction. The City claims that it consulted with some of the area residents. Area residents will not be affected like other residents who have to use these facilities since neighbours can simply walk over, and they do not need any parking spaces. Construction of bike lanes in this area will impair the efficient operation of emergency vehicles. It will deprive patients of parking spaces and impair their ability to access VGH and other specialty health care facilities, especially for the disabled and the elderly.  This petition is a spinoff of our petition to the Mayor and City Council signed by 3500 supporters and still growing (link below), which has so far been ignored by the City. Several elderly and disabled people have contacted us asking if there is any way this construction can be halted. One of them was in tears as she explained that she needs daily treatment at the eye care centre on West 10th and how her treatment would be impaired with the bike lanes. You have the authority and the power to ensure that unimpeded access to health care services in that area is protected from this undue interference. The recent by-election in Vancouver has shown that the faction dominating City Council no longer enjoys the support or confidence of residents. We are asking that you stop forthwith the construction of bike lanes around Vancouver General Hospital by executive decree to ensure the unimpaired access to health care services by all BC residents who may need them. RESTORE VANCOUVER

Steffan Ileman
1,871 supporters