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Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
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There's a saying that "Transition is not a spectator sport". It's true! Village Vancouver runs on people power, and engaging in activities and projects together helps us accomplish more. Which groups, networks, neighbourhood villages, or projects do you think you might be interested in getting involved with? And what knowledge, skills, resources or other assets can you bring to the mix? (Don't be bashful!)
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What would you like to see improved in Vancouver or in your community regarding sustainability or resiliency? Do you have an idea for a new Transition project or activity?
Road space re-allocated to transit, cycling and walking.
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Eric Doherty's Blog

Shifting context puts billion-dollar Pattullo Bridge project on shaky footing

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 2:19pm 0 Comments

By Eric Doherty, July 30, 2012

TransLink’s plan to replace the four-lane Pattullo Bridge with a new six-lane bridge at an estimated cost of up to $1 billion has not attracted much attention, with the exception of some concerned residents in New Westminster and Surrey.

But the constantly evolving movement against tar-sands expansion is set to make this and other roadway expansion projects a new front in the battle over pipelines and tankers.

See full article and comments…


Transportation Transformation: Rethink and Repurpose

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

By Andrew Cuthbert

It is by no means a new idea that car travel and dependency is bad for the environment, health and a host of other derivatives. But as life goes on and the pace of change seems to only move at a crawl, it can be hard to find alternative transport methods and hang up your keys. Finding alternatives is what Transportation Transformations: Building Complete Communities and a Zero Emission Transportation System is all about. As part of the Canadian Centre for Policy…


Transit delays and fare hikes drive tar sands expansion

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:01am 1 Comment

Cape Horn Interchange

By Eric Doherty, January 26, 2012

On Wednesday (January 25), B.C. transportation minister Blair Lekstrom once again announced the Evergreen SkyTrain line to Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area. This time he announced the start of work after more than a decade of delays—well sort of. Only minor…


System change not climate change: What does it mean where the rubber hits the road?

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 3:13pm 0 Comments

By Eric Doherty, October 11, 2011

The slogan “System change not climate change” is well known in Europe, and is becoming a central rallying cry in the growing global movement for climate justice. But to many people in North America, it is still an unfamiliar and even threatening slogan. So what does “system change” mean where the rubber hits the…


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At 11:23am on November 17, 2010, Ross Moster said…
Hey Eric,

I'll add my welcome to Rands', It's good to see you've joined Transportation, and are blogging onsite.

Please let me know about upcoming CoC meetings.

At 10:41am on November 17, 2010, Randy Chatterjee said…

It is great to have you on board!

With nearly 700 on-line members here and another 2300 on our listserv, we are beginning to gain critical mass. This is a relatively unpoliticised group, as are most Transition movements, but that doesn't mean they don't have strong opinions, especially on topics of special interest to you.

We have not yet had the organizational capacity or leadership internally to develop our Transportation Policy, but we have a core mission to develop an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP). Transportation of course connects what we see as the three key threats to humanity and society today: climate change, peak oil, and economic instability (including food security).

Our proposition is this: we have people, you have ideas. We already have 17 members committed to working on the Transportation Policy side of our EDAP in our Transportation Working Group, and another 30 or more who have expressed an interest in transportation issues. The problem is that we need direction and a focus on specific actions we can take to start turning the tide.

I am going to look to you to think of ways VV members can contribute meaningfully and with the muscle of numbers to your work. We are already developing an ecological footprint survey of members and introducing a program to drive down our members' footprints as an example of what people can do to reduce the demand for unsustainable travel and transport.

We also have members in Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Coquitlam already, and some are organizing their own Transition groups. This will be another source of soldiers to champion your ideas and campaigns.

Right now please join our Transportation Group, and an invitation to do so is heading out to you. This group has been relatively inactive thus far, and we can fire it with a little leadership.


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