With grant support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, we undertook a unique and innovative project to develop a Mobility Advocacy Plan (MAP Strathcona) for our business district – the first of its kind in Canada.
After an 8 month project process, we are excited to be launching our Mobility Advocacy Plan: a community-based vision and action plan to achieve shared mobility objectives for the Strathcona area.
Read the completed plan here.
Intended as a learning guide for other BIAs, we’ve created a case study of our project process, results, and lessons learned. Read the case study here.
The project explored a range of transportation and mobility issues and solutions. This included goods movement, transit, curbside uses, active transportation, car and bike sharing opportunities, and parking. We’ve worked hard to ensure MAP Strathcona reflects the needs and wishes of our members.
Here is the resulting Mobility Advocacy Plan at a glance.
Develop coordinated program linking employers with existing organizations (e.g. TravelSmart), mobility providers (e.g. Modo), and services (e.g. Spare Rides) to support and encourage more sustainable commuting choices and reduce employee parking needs.
Work with the City and development partners of new buildings in Strathcona to pilot a district parking approach. Look at more flexible options for parking spaces in private developments (e.g. public parking, carshare spots, secure bike parking).
A parking management initiative to explore a no net impact parking program for area construction projects and film productions.
A green mobility and transportation pilot. Help SBIA members, particularly goods movement stakeholders, take advantage of new approaches to industry mobility issues. For example, testing new technologies around route choice and efficiency, delivery logistics, and fleet fuel conversion.
Advocate for a new 95 B-Line stop in Strathcona at or near Heatley Avenue. Opportunity for SBIA to advocate for improved bus stop amenities and safety features at existing transit stops in the area.
An annual MAP Strathcona report at the AGM to inform members on action implementation and impacts. Could be supplemented by a yearly “snap shot” SBIA survey of members.
Meet annually with other Vancouver BIAs to discuss transportation and opportunities to work on joint advocacy to leverage shared benefits.
Support the development of a north-south bicycle connection on Heatley Avenue between the Union-Adanac cooridor bike route and planned bikeway on Alexander Street.
Determine feasibility of establishing a parking shuttle to and from underused parking facilities in nearby neighbourhoods (e.g. Chinatown parkade, Gastown parkade).
Determine advocacy role in additional goods movement pilots, such as a goods-movement hub or transfer station to support load consolidation or green last mile delivery.
A street parking pilot program. Work with City of Vancouver’s parking department to test new street parking strategies and approaches, including dynamic parking rates and more flexible time limits.
Continue with public realm improvements on East Hastings Street to help make it Canada’s most walkable street by 2021.
Work with the City of Vancouver for improved management of commercial-only alleys, including advocating for repaving of key alleys, improved signage and way finding, enforcement, and cleaning.
Link SBIA businesses with unused assets (e.g. bike storage, parking) to other members who may need it through on-line sharing/listing platform or other opportunities.
Work with members, developers, carshare companies and City to prepare for future EV charging space needs.
This action is to be pursued over the life of the plan as opportunities and City capital plans permit. We will continue to identify and prioritize spot mobility and transportation improvements (e.g. developing marked pedestrian crosswalks, improving crossings with corner bulges, better lighting, longer cross times etc.)
This Mobility Advocacy Plan will function as a working document with built in review and check-in points with members. There is flexibility to make adjustments based on member feedback, as well as based on opportunities and partnerships that come up. Any questions or comments? Please be in touch with Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of this project we put together a summary of all the upcoming transportation changes in our neighbourhood that could impact your businesses – from the Viaducts removal to HOV lane changes on Hastings. Read the Project Backgrounder here.
We work with various stakeholders, including the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Coastal Health and many others, to ensure businesses have a voice in policy and land use.
The City of Vancouver Council passed the Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) in March 2014. The Strathcona BIA invested significant time and resources to ensure business interests were heard.
The Board of Directors released a document outlining the BIA’s positions on a number of key policy areas pertinent to Strathcona’s business district. This document will be used to help with community dialogue and form the basis for advocacy. If you have any questions or comments, please email email@example.com.
The SBIA is developing a comprehensive plan for transportation in the Strathcona business district. This plan will integrate all transportation modes with business interests and relevant municipal and regional plans.
With such a large and diverse catchment area, the SBIA offers a variety of beautification programs including:
We decorate East Hastings with flower baskets each year from Spring until Fall. Every two years, we post new banners promoting our Made In Strathcona Program.
The Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN) was launched in 2014 with its second phase launched in 2016. The HUTN has been supported in part by the City of Vancouver and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The HUTN aims to beautify the streetscape with greenery and planters decorated with lively designs by local artists.
The Strathcona BIA has worked with property owners, artists and the City to install murals throughout the area. Please contact us if you would like to have a mural on your building. The BIA can help find artists, support the application process and contribute funding in part.
Please use the following programs to help keep your property and area clean.
The Strathcona Community Safety Service provided by Paladin Security is available seven days a week during business hours. Please call 604-789-4143.
Goodbye Graffiti provides graffiti removal services on member properties. Please call 1-877-684-4747 or email Vancouver@goodbyegraffiti to report tags on your building. Removing graffiti as quickly as possible prevents tags from accumulating and helps maintain a positive perception of the area.
In partnership with the City of Vancouver, Coast Mental Health, United We Can and Mission Possible, we provide weekday street cleaning, which includes the pickup of litter, small debris and needles. If you notice problem areas, please contact the SBIA office at 604.258.2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is intended for larger volumes of debris like furniture, large electronics, household garbage in excess of two large bags and for hazardous waste and needles.
Please call 311 from within Vancouver to report garbage, graffiti, road or park disrepair on public property. You can also report using the VanConnect app, which can be downloaded here.
The Portland Hotel Society provides the Needle Pick Up Program, which is available seven days a week. Please call 604-657-6561 and leave a phone number and detailed message.
For the Vancouver Police Department, non-emergency, please call 604-717-9921.
For transit police information please call 604-515-8300.
Strathcona is a place of manufacturing heritage. Thousands of businesses have planted their roots here. Currently, over 850 members populate the area, making it one of the most stable and celebrated Vancouver communities.
Recycle In Strathcona is an innovative, comprehensive and cost effective recycling service provided to SBIA members by Recycling Alternative and Shift Delivery.
In a existing contract for recycling services? You can still participate in convenient on-demand collections as required for hard to recycle materials such as styrofoam, electronic waste, batteries, and light bulbs. Download the poster here.
For more information about services or rates, please contact Recycling Alternative at email@example.com or 604-874-7283.
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