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.
Petition to Kevin Desmond, TransLink 400 - 287 Nelson's Court New Westminster, BC V3L 0E7
Make Patrick Stewart the voice of TransLink
We, the undersigned, request that Sir Patrick Stewart be offered the job of "Voice of TransLink" now that Morgan Freeman has been dropped over sexual assault allegations. Sir Stewart's voice would be a wonderful and classy addition to the public transit experience in Metro Vancouver.
Petition to Government of BC, Nicole Read, Bob D’Eith, Lisa Beare, BC Housing
Stop the Propose Burnett St Homeless Shelter/Royal Crest. from being built in Maple Ridge
A new homeless shelter is being purposed by the Province of BC without the knowledge of the people who lives on the street. The government is planning to buy the land from the city for almost $4 Million ($3.9 Million to be proper). The land is currently sitting empty and not being used. The government also released plans for Mod. Housing on Royal Crest. Right in the Downcore of Maple Ridge In March 2018 causing the removal and relocation of a 95-year-old house. With two schools (Golden Ears Elementary and Thomas Haney Secondary School), a senior home and two condominium buildings with a new one about to be built. The purpose low barrier shelter location is not the best place. There are many small business within 10 mins walking distance of the propose shelter including A&W, a pizza place and a small shopping centre (ValleyFair Mall). Since 2014, the homeless crisis has grown under Mayor Nicole Read (Source: The Province https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/theres-simply-nowhere-for-them-to-go-reports-of-homeless-growing-in-metro-vancouver-suburbs/) crime rate has risen which includes theft, drug related crimes and other mess. (Source: Maple Ridge News https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/crime-incidents-on-rise-in-maple-ridge/) Businesses near the old temporary shelter downtown which was a low barrier shelter suffered a huge drop in business and crime rate in the skyrocketed. Businesses and homes near the current homeless camp near the Haney Bypass has been reporting issues with crime, needles near their businesses and other issues. I petition the provincial government to look into other locations away from homes and small businesses as this location is not for the best interest for the people of Maple Ridge. I purpose more treatment for drug abuse and have a shelter that is more centred around treating the drug abuse. PS: I’m not against the homeless people, I don’t like the fact some of the people are using needles, getting high on drug and comiting crimes. I get that some people have suffer actual hardships and I agree these people need support to get back on their feet. We don’t want the drug and needles in the neighbourhood that would be brought by the shelter as there would be an increase of drug use.
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 http://restorevancouver.ca https://www.change.org/p/mayor-greg-robertson-and-vancouver-city-council-restore-vancouver-burrard-bridge-pacific-avenue-and-other-traffic-alterations-made-for-bike-lanes