Broadway Subway: Parents at St. Augustine’s Elementary School (Arbutus & 7th Ave) petition for child health & safety (deadline June 15), concerned about bus station impacts

St Augustine SchoolParents of children attending St. Augustine’s school and Reaching for the Stars Preschool (Arbutus and 7th Avenue) are asking friends and neighbors to sign a petition to support the school’s recommendations concerning a planned new Bus Loop and Sky Train station that will have significant local impacts. This is in the context of upcoming construction of the Broadway Subway, which will terminate at Arbutus and Broadway. 

LETTER OF PETITION – Expanding Rapid Transit. Protecting Our Children and Neighbourhood. Link to petition here. See text of the petition copied further below.

The deadline is Monday, June 15. Thank you for your support!

Their aim is the safe passage to and from the school and a largely un-disrupted neighbourhood for the community at large.

Related, a Vancouver Sun article about the shift to diesel buses only along the Broadway corridor starting in June 2020, as a part of preparations for subway construction. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/translink-taking-trolley-buses-off-busy-broadway-for-next-five-years

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TEXT OF PETITION – Expanding Rapid Transit. Protecting Our Children and Neighbourhood.
To: Mayor Kennedy Stewart, Attorney General David Eby, Minister of Environment George Heyman, Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena, Federal Minister of Digital Government Joyce Murray, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond

CHALLENGE
The proposed Broadway Subway station and bus loop will be located at the corner of Arbutus and Broadway streets — 25 metres from over 400 pre-school and elementary-aged children at St. Augustine’s. To address the lack of consultation prior to selection of this location, St. Augustine’s has engaged the Broadway Subway Project team to find ways of reducing the safety, health and security impacts of this large transit hub.

SOLUTION
St. Augustine’s community is proposing measures in three critical areas to ensure the extension of the Broadway Subway can co-exist with the school and neighbourhood:

1. HEALTH & INJURY PREVENTION

-Procurement of electric buses or other diesel emission avoidance options
-Pedestrian safety barrier (median) along Arbutus
-HVAC filters for school
-Sound-proof barriers at school and station
-Traffic calming: speed bumps, raised cross walks, controlled lights

2. SAFETY & SECURITY

-Community Policing Centre in close vicinity of station
-Lighting for Arbutus Greenway and Delamont Park, including maintenance programs
-Extra lighting and security on school property

3. TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

-Traffic management planning respecting school pick-up/drop-off times
-Station pick-up/drop-off relocated to SE corner of Broadway/Arbutus
-Widened side-walks on Arbutus
-Re-establish left-turn to Yew Street from (East Bound) Broadway

ACTION
Please, indicate your support by checking the box and completing the form below if you are in support of the recommendations of the St. Augustine’s Broadway Subway/Bus Loop Advisory Committee.

Link to petition here.

One thought on “Broadway Subway: Parents at St. Augustine’s Elementary School (Arbutus & 7th Ave) petition for child health & safety (deadline June 15), concerned about bus station impacts

  1. Why am I not surprised about the lack of transparency with our city’s consultation process? Our government needs to foster a constant, honest and ongoing open communication with the citizens. How long were the open houses? If they’re anything like our spontaneous development open houses of one or two days as they were with the previous government this is not an open dialogue. These need to be one or two months. Citizens need to learn the details with constant communication. What is the engagement strategy? Is there one?

    Our municipal government have no idea how to engage with the public.
    “To address the lack of consultation prior to selection of this location, St. Augustine’s has engaged the Broadway Subway Project team to find ways of reducing the safety, health and security impacts of this large transit hub.”

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