(Updated with quote from BC Cancer Agency, more media links.)
“Our priorities therefore must be to maintain and optimize traffic flow for our Vancouver Cancer Center and BC Cancer Research Centre to facilitate patient drop-off and pick-up, accessible parking and timely delivery of essential supplies and services. We recognize that any design of public space is met with competing interests. However, we appeal to the City of Vancouver to put the needs of cancer patients — particularly in this health precinct — above those needs that may normally take priority in other areas of the City.”
Excerpt of letter from BC Cancer Agency, 2-May-2017 (Appendix C, p2/39)
Under the title of “10th Avenue Health Precinct Street Improvements,” big changes are being proposed for 10th Avenue on one side of Vancouver General Hospital, to feature a bicycle lane, major changes to access to health facilities off 10th, and increased traffic and turning on nearby arterial roads including Broadway and 12th Avenue. The proposed bicycle land crosses emergency vehicle crossings and semi-trailer truck entrances to the health facilities. Does the proposal give adequate consideration to safety, and to the special needs of this, a premier health district in western Canada?
Aside from having a better cycling route, there could be major implications on mobility for patients and other users of all the health facilities in this area. Changes like these could create winners and losers, benefits and costs, positives and negatives. Are the positives being overemphasized and have the negative impacts been given adequate consideration? Will our elected officials ultimately be wise in their final decision?
A staff presentation is slated for the Regular City Council meeting that starts at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, and speakers who sign up to address Council will likely have the opportunity to address council at the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services on May 17. Citizens may also e-mail their comments to City Council (see instructions and web video info on the agenda pages).
Agenda for Council meetings: http://vancouver.ca/councilmeetings
The staff relevant report (PDF, 220 pages including all appendices): http://council.vancouver.ca/20170516/documents/rr4.pdf
Further information on this matter: Lon LaClaire (604-873-7336)
More info on the meetings: Clerk (604-873-7269)
Communicate with Mayor and Councillors: Visit vancouver.ca/your-government/contact-council.
From staff report introduction: 10th Avenue through the Health Precinct between Oak Street and Cambie Street is a unique street in Vancouver. It serves as a critical access point for Vancouver General Hospital and other health institutions, including emergency room access. It is also a busy walking street and the second busiest local street bike route in the city. Over recent years, the experience for all users of 10th Avenue has declined as the street has gotten busier with more people walking, cycling, and driving in the area.
Below are links to previous media coverage (in 2016) on the topic, plus a list of the top ten recommendations in the staff report going to Council on May 16, 2017. Continue reading