What’s stopping you from travelling car-free to your neighbourhood centre?

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  • thundrlirzd over 9 years ago
    I think the distance is too much in inclement weather. We live a km away from the nearest centre and the focal point of that centre is a Shoppers Drug Mart not a grocery store, as it should be. The Shoppers Drug Mart facilitates visiting with neighbours, etc, like a modern-day general store, but we miss having a true grocery store in Cambie. Too much of Rihcmond is designed for "getting somewhere" rather than enjoying the journey. Steveston is a shining example of what a car-free neighbourhood should be like: wide sidewalks made for tables or visiting, traffic calming, a good mix of shops, human-scaled street scapes. I would like to see more of this kind of vision in future development or redevelopment.
  • Bob Lepsoe over 9 years ago
    I live in Seafair and am within walking distance of the shopping centre, schools,and buses. The dyke is a great bonus. That's why I bought in Seafair. Thank you.
  • Graeme Bone over 9 years ago
    I live in Steveston, so I can easily get to my neighbourhood centre by walking or biking. As for commuting to other centres, the infrequency of bus service and lack of bike lanes prevent me from travelling car-free. Bus frequency needs to be at around 10-15 minutes to encourage more people to get out of their cars. I use the 402 a lot, but there are too many times when the bus comes too infrequently to be convenient, especially on the weekends or evenings. If I am confident that there will always be a bus coming within 15 minutes I will be more likely to use public transit, but if I have to watch my time to make sure I make that 30 minute interval, I'd rather take my car.I think the city should also construct more bike lines on major streets to get more people to take their bikes. Where are the lanes for No. 1, 2, and south No.3, what about Gilbert, Westminster, and Steveston Hwy? If you see people riding their bikes on the sidewalks it's because they're too scared to ride them on the street. That's a hint that something should be done.
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    • gengland over 9 years ago
      I agree with the bus frequency aspect. It's been great that the 402 has increased to 10-minutes in the peak hours but it's a huge pain after 6 or 7pm when it drops to 30 mins - that's not going to get anyone out of their car. The bike lane issue is also valid. I biked to the Canada Line from my neighbourhood (Gilbert & Williams) during the summer and found the bike lanes on Williams and Granville to be great. Unfortunately I found it faster to take Gilbert, Francis and 3 Rd, none of which had bike lanes. Railway is pretty much the only north-south road with a bike lane and that's a problem.
  • dewhalen over 9 years ago
    My neighbourhood is East Richmond-Blundell Rd between Sidaway and No. 6 Road. The nearest bus is Westminster and No. 6 or Blundell and No. 5-each almost a mile away. There are no sidewalks but I wouldn't want the ditches filled in to make sidewalks (the ditches have a lot of wildlife). Wider road allowances might help. I ride my bike a fair bit but there are no bike paths in our area. Biking to Watermania on No. 6 is dangerous. Biking around the area of Steveston Hwy, the 99 and No. 5 is even more dangerous-no bike allowances on roads around Ironwood so I have to bike on the sidewalk to avoid being run over. Bike paths or even a yellow line on the right side of the pavement might help. Current bike routes seem to be meant for exercise or "sightseeing" or within neigbourhoods, but not for a means of travel from one neighbourhood to the next.
  • ourtown over 9 years ago
    Living in Shellmont. Distances in Richmond are too spread out to reach easily. The main deterrent is the availability of time to get to and wait for buses. I realize accessibility by car is the opposite of present goals, but admire the foresightedness of Burnaby's purchase of several free parking sites just off Hastings shopping area--stopping is pleasant, not a hassle, and appears to have helped merchants in the area. Visited Vancouver's 4th Avenue & Arbutus area today, and was struck by the variety of shops in contrast to Richmond --close proximity and low enough leases? certainly made for an interesting mix. It was worthwhile to walk the distances.
  • gengland over 9 years ago
    ourtown makes a good point. The Neighbourhood Centre idea is a good start, but we really need more linear shopping areas. People don't feel as though they are walking as far when there are active frontages and people on the streets and things going on. I also think a big issue is connectivity through neighbourhoods. In some areas, there are good paths and cut throughs making Richmond's mega-blocks traversable in an efficient manner, but many of the large strata developments and townhouses complexes have cut off through access, hindering easy pedestrian movement. This should be a major consideration for any development over 10 units (the inclusion of public pathways that is).
  • Funfunyay over 9 years ago
    I often walk from where I live in Steveston to the Downtown core. However, it is not always appealing. The main thoroughfares have fast-moving traffic and slim sidewalks, with very little in the way of storefront, or any visual interest whatsoever. The neighbourhood centres idea could do wonders for this, but I agree with gengland that in the end, corridors would be better. Inside our 'megablocks', the streets are twisting and misleading. Whatever purpose it may serve, it makes them useless for walking. I propose that the city should seriously consider planning walking routes through the megablocks, in addition to beautifying and increasing the human activity along thoroughfares like No 1 road.
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    • Rooting for a liveable city over 9 years ago
      Agree... With a city designed around cars, it makes getting from place to place a pain, be it walking, cycling and even rollerblading. Retrofitting (i.e. undoing the damage and building a smarter city) is going to be difficult... but having just come back from 10 days in Montreal, Richmond's challenge is much more manageable, as our city is not as infrastructure bound.
  • sschroeder over 9 years ago
    I was in Seattle this past summer and they have a section of the downtown that is free bus service. May be too costly, however, free transit to downtown core may help.Also, schools used to have catchment areas so kids could walk to school. Now, students are driven all over the place for french emersion, incentive etc... Sports organizations also use to have teams (including games and practices) more local instead of all the practices and games taking place at three or four fields.
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    • Minoroski about 9 years ago
      One problem is that Richmond doesn't have a centre; just mile and miles of strip malls best accessed by cars. You always need to hike across huge parking lots or sometimes small parking lots (parking lots all the same) to access any shops from the existing transit.
  • Minoroski about 9 years ago
    I live in Brighouse South and can easily walk to the Library and Richmond Centre. I can access lots of stores amd plenty of recreational opportunities; although I drive to Watermania to use the gym and pool. Minoru doesn't have as good facilities.If I need groceries, I need to get in the car and drive in North, South, East or West. At best, I can pick up a few vegetables or fruit at the Mall. Anything more than that I am in the car. Richmond was built as a car-based suburb and it will take a lot of work to change that. Would I take a bike? Not in this lifetime. It just isn't a safe place to bike.