Burnaby Green Party: Transportation & Spatial Policies
- Complete the City's sidewalk network with a focus on universal accessibility.
- Measures will include curb ramps and tactile strips that direct people with poor vision into the crosswalk, like this.
- To improve the safety and convenience of walking, provide frequent crossings of major streets by designing shorter blocks and adding centre medians and mid-block crossings (pinchpoints or speed tables).
- To decrease the number of street facing garages and driveways in developments where laneway access is available.
- Where driveway intrude on sidewalks, maintain sidewalk materials and grade across driveways.
- Develop and adopt goals for growth in cycling and cycling safety in accordance with TransLink’s Regional Cycling Strategy (RCS).
- Adopt HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap priority list to prioritise the cycle network buildout.
- Commit to consulting on cycling projects with the public and cycling focused organisations.
- Restructure the City’s Planning and Engineering departments to better coordinate the planning, design, and implementation of transportation infrastructure.
- evelop a cycling spot improvement programme for existing cycle routes.
- Make every street safe and comfortable for cycling as soon as possible, while saving costs by combining street and utility works projects.
- Develop and adopt a cycle parking by-law that creates high quality bicycle parking in support of cycling mode-share targets.
- Provide a safe and cost-effective interim cycling solution for the Sea-to-River Bikeway (S2RB) between Still Creek Avenue and Canada Way until a Provincial replacement of the overpass is in place.
- Support adoption of electric bicycles by:
- Allocating space for on-street bicycle charging stations.
- Require bicycle charging outlets be included in all new bicycle parking rooms (include in the new cycle parking bylaw).
- Work with TransLink and neighbouring municipalities to plan for the future creation of cycling highways along the BC Parkway, Central Valley Greenway, and other regionally significant transportation corridors.
- Increase person throughput on Frequent Transit Network (FTN) corridors by implementing on-street transit priority measures.
- Support a Burnaby Mountain Gondola while working to address the concerns of local residents:
- Potentially add a station at Forest Grove to provide a beneficial sustainable transportation option to local residents.
- Investigate extending the gondola across Burnaby Lake to Edmonds Station, providing higher quality service in the Edmonds area and improving north-south transportation across the city.
- In cooperation with TransLink, develop a long-term vision for transit in Burnaby that:
- Provides TransLink access to the City’s long-term investment funds to fund transit investments in Burnaby that TransLink would repay at rates similar to current returns.
- Investigate the use of Gondolas as cost-effective transportation to overcome geographical barriers, pending the completion of the Burnaby Mountain Gondola.
- Reduce minimum requirements for off-street parking.
- Provide auto parking exemptions for developments designed and marketed as carlite or carfree, and that meet the following requirements:
- Within 375 m (network distance) of an FTN corridor.
- Provides at least 25% more bicycle parking stalls per unit than required by regulations for cycle parking.
- Includes at least 0.1 carshare vehicles per unit on-site.
- Stop expanding roads for general purpose capacity.
- Support vehicle electrification by:
- Allocating space for on-street vehicle charging stations.
- Require vehicle charging stations be included in all new developments (amend the off-street automobile parking bylaw).
- Fairly price access to curb lanes to better manage demand for on-street parking and loading zones.
Ride-share, Ride-hail, and Car-share
- Support ride-sharing and car-sharing initiatives by:
- Increasing the proportion of residents with access to 2-way car-share, defined as living within 375 m (network distance) of a car-share vehicle.
- Designated on-street parking spaces for 2-way car-sharing vehicles.
- Exempt car-share vehicles from 72 h curbside parking limit in residential neighbourhoods.
- Educate households on benefits of carsharing and localised reductions in parking demand near carshare vehicles.
- Support a culture of carsharing by investigating the provision of car-sharing vehicles for municipal staff use.
- Initiate a dialogue between municipal governments, TransLink, and developers to standardise and streamline TDM measures, including carsharing, in new developments to maximise benefits and evaluate policy efficacy within Burnaby and the region.
- Coordinate the planning of carsharing services with providers to ensure the right number, type and location of vehicles to serve Burnaby residents.
- Prepare for the introduction of ride-hailing in BC by:
- Amending bylaws to facilitate the introduction of ride-hailing services.
- Conduct a full review of taxi services in Burnaby to ensure fairness and consistency of regulations with ride-hailing providers.
- Implement an integrated “dig once” strategy to coordinate works such as sewer replacement, burying power lines, and street repaving.
- Establish an Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Working Group that includes representatives from all city departments and Burnaby citizens to:
- Plan for AV urban mobility, and;
- Develop new street designs that support humane speeds, greatly improved street crossings, and space efficiency.
- Begin the phased conversion of residential streets (no centre line) to:
- Limit car traffic to 30 km/h and less than 1000 vehicles per day.
- Facilitate mid-block crossings by using flush or short bevelled curbs.
- Revise the Town Centre Design Standards to include protected intersections and redesign crossings of minor streets to make them safe and comfortable for cycling.
- Develop a pilot project for the conversion of a signalised intersection to a roundabout to showcase this design solution’s benefits of improved safety and traffic flow.
- Roundabout design to include bicycle path with priority.
- Replace stop-sign control of residential streets with raised intersections or traffic circles.
- Restrict use of traffic-circles or raised intersections on cycle priority streets.
Spatial and Transportation Planning
- Update the city’s community plans to reflect the higher density development of compact, mixed-use neighbourhoods that are walkable, bikeable, and transit oriented.
- Work with TransLink to identify Frequent Transit Development Areas (FTDAs) along the Millennium Line corridor.
- Commit to a comprehensive city-wide update to the Transportation Plan. The plan update will include:
- In-depth involvement and collaboration across the community.
- The development of specific, measurable, and timely sustainability, safety, and mode-share goals.
- Establish a target for the proportion of Burnaby citizens within a 5-min walk of a car-sharing vehicle, and;
- Adoption of the sustainable transportation hierarchy for use when planning and designing city streets (pedestrians>cycling>transit>commercial vehicles>private autos).
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