Transportation

Burnaby Green Party: Transportation & Spatial Policies

Active Transportation

Walking

  • 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.

Cycling

  • 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.

Transit

  • 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.

Autos

  • 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.

Street Design

  • 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).