1. Paint, Planters, People


    from Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould / Added

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    As seen on Spacing Vancouver: http://spacingvancouver.ca/2012/09/06/video-vancouver-original-paint-planters-people/ Note: if the "HD" button hasn't defaulted to blue, you'll need to click to turn it on. It's worth it. *** In 2010, Vancouver took a leap forward in cycling by constructing the now-permanent Dunsmuir and Hornby separated bike lanes, riding out media bias and a few disgruntled business owners. After a first effort in 2011, Spacing Vancouver has taken the opportunity to hit the lanes once again, this time picking up on some differences that time has brought us. At the beginning, the lanes and their vegetated traffic buffers served the existing ridership - those decked-out in "cycling" gear, the middle-aged commuters, the road racers. But as the months passed, Vancouverites have discovered downtown has become more friendly and the ridership has diversified remarkably. The slow and steady are taking to the streets as more and more riders use the lanes and wear whatever clothing they please during their outings. As the ridership has evolved, so too have the lanes: 2012's freshly laid green paint at intersections and areas of conflict is in turn helping attract those women (and children) riders. The bright green extends beyond downtown, showing up by Stanley Park and along the Central Valley Greenway. It re-appears on the other side of the Burrard Bridge at Cornwall, but the lanes drop quickly at Cypress. People travelling by bike to Kits Beach and beyond are left to fend for themselves among fast moving traffic; however, in time riders hope for more green paint to guide them to the next protected refuge. The success can be largely attributed to three simple ingredients to designing for an all ages bicycle route: once you lay down the paint and planters, the people will come. It starts with the bright greens of the grasses, thermoplast, and goretex - but builds quickly into a rainbow of colours. *** Kathleen Corey likes tiny apartments over shops, hikes with panoramic city views, and flowing urban landscapes. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, she led design processes for the India Basin community farm and Wilkie Creek outdoor classroom. Kathleen completed the Urban Design certificate at SFU's City Program and is working toward her Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph.

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    • Winter Solstice Beat


      from Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould / Added

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      As seen on Spacing Vancouver (http://spacingvancouver.ca/2012/01/26/winter-solstice-beat/) ----- Winter in Vancouver is not quite like winter in other Canadian cities. There is a unique beat that arrives in the city as the days get longer and the nights get shorter. Even on cold days, Granville Island is bustling with people. Les Finnigan, a regular busker with a gentle demeanour, plays his soothing acoustic tunes as our eyes wander out to sea. Sometimes it only takes a bit of skipping - preferably in your bright pink snowpants - or bouncing on your feet side-to-side to warm yourself up. Robson Street is where many of us use shopping as an excuse to walk while spending time with friends and family. Whether young or old, skaters at Robson Square do not tire of their happy round-a-bouts. Since reopening after the Olympics, the outdoor rink has returned to locals. The rink fills up during the day and well into the night. Who said bright yellow ponchos are cumbersome? Beaming a nice glow as you ride down Dunsmuir will get you enough attention no matter how heavy the rain pours down. The Dunsmuir and Hornby lanes are continuing to be used by cyclists throughout the wet months. Once in a while, a jogger can even be spotted using the lane. It's the lanes' first full winter and a successful one at that worthy of high-fives amongst our fellow riders. The last week of December ended with bitter blasts of chilly air, followed by intense rain showers. Vancouverites bear this kind of weather triumphantly, year after year, saving the evenings to be outdoors discovering their very own winter solstice beat. We find the time to be colourfully lit skaters in Robson Square, blinking cyclists with white front and red rear lights, and most popular of all, joyful walkers exploring our downtown community. ----- Video filming and editing led by Kathleen Corey. http://kathleencorey.ca

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      • Vancouver's Dunsmuir and Hornby Separated Bike Lanes


        from Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould / Added

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        Composed out of a few hours filming on Thursday, July 28, 2011, this video for Spacing Vancouver takes a look at the year-old (Dunsmuir) and six-month-old (Hornby) separated bicycle lanes through downtown. See http://spacingvancouver.ca/2011/07/25/vancouvers-hornby-and-dunsmuir-separated-bike-lanes/ for more, and http://vimeo.com/27411898/ for a longer clip of the morning rush at Hornby and Georgia

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        • "Floating Parking" & Bike Buffer Zone in Separated Bike Lanes


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          While we were out videotaping for another Streetfilm, Gary Toth the Director of Transportation Initiatives with Project for Public Spaces (his resume includes 34 years of management experience at NJDOT) took a moment to give a short explanation on what "floating parking" is, why using it is a very smart budgetary decision by the NYC DOT, and why a buffer-zone exists between exiting drivers and cyclists. We hope this Streetfilm is a great resource that will help ally many fears this new concept (in the U.S. anyway) is experiencing in some cities. It shows after a very brief adjustment period that drivers do grasp it. Along the way you'll see ample, helpful footage of some of the many configurations of the NYC's new complete streets in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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          • A Separated Bike Lane is Needed on Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C.


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            A Separated Bike Lane is Needed on Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. This video was produced to show the many dangers that lay in wait for cyclists on the current configuration of the designated bike lane on Hornby St. and why a separated lane would increase cycle volumes and make a safer road for all users.

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