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Cycle Cambie Corridor - Vancouver

Jane's Walk

Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Cycle Cambie Corridor - Vancouver

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Tour Description

Tour Host: Ned Jacobs

During World War II, a young architect named Robert Hyde Jacobs and his journalist wife, Jane, found cycling was a practical, enjoyable and interesting way to get around New York City. After their second child (yours truly) turned three, the Jacobs’ resumed Sunday bike excursions. In the 1950’s bikes were far less prevalent, and helmets, child-seats and trailers were unknown.

My brother and I were taught to sit on the rat traps with our feet in canvas saddlebags, our hands on the cyclist’s waist. We never had a mishap, and some of my earliest memories are of those informative and fun outings. Walking is ideal for taking in fine detail; but to get familiar with several neighbourhoods, within a larger district or linked by transportation corridors, nothing beats Earth’s most energy-efficient and flexible transportation device – the bicycle.

This bike tour – a Bob & Jane’s Ride – will explore some of the neighbourhoods along the Canada Line route from Mount Pleasant to Oakridge, including the Cambie Village shopping area; residential streets near Douglas Park; a demonstration project opposite Queen Elizabeth Park featuring a type of rowhouse new to Vancouver; potential development sites; parts of the Heather St. and 37 Ave. bikeways, and the Cambie Heritage Blvd. via new bike lanes south of King Edward Ave.

As a member of the Riley Park/South Cambie CityPlan committee I am helping to facilitate public input for the Cambie corridor planning program, the purpose of which is to concentrate population growth and activity close to rapid transit stations, hopefully leading to less reliance on cars.

The principles adopted by the city favour walking and cycling as well as transit, mixed uses for more complete communities, and development that is sensitive to neighbourhood character. But concerns remain that things worthy of conservation, such as affordable rentals and harmonious building scale, could be lost to development pressure and over-emphasis on density per se.

The primary focus of this excursion is to look at the multiplicity of factors to be considered when planning major change in long-established neighbourhoods.

Tour Host Bio

Ned Jacobs, a son and student of Jane, hosted the Big Questions for Little Mountain walk in 2008 and co-hosted the two-part (with a lunch break) Mid-Main Meander in 2009.

A CityPlan committee volunteer, he is currently involved in the Cambie corridor and Little Mountain planning processes, and in other civic issues as a spokesperson for the Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) network of community groups.

Ned writes occasional commentaries for the Georgia Straight and is a guest lecturer at the SFU Urban Studies Program.

Special Instructions

This Bob & Jane’s Ride will be limited to 20 bikes (tandems, trikes and e-bikes qualify).

Young cyclists and tiny passengers are welcome. A moderate pace and frequent stops will accommodate non-athletic participants; however, this tour is not recommended for those without street-cycling experience.

It will only be postponed or cancelled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous winds. If showers are forecast, bring appropriate gear.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

More Information and Other Walks

Please visit the Think City website.

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When & Where


Registrants will be notified of starting location by email.



Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)


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Jane's Walk

Jane's Walk is held simultaneously in cities across Canada and other countries around the world. Inspired by Jane Jacob's and her belief that in order to know your city "you have to get out and walk," Jane's Walk is a simple idea. It is free, it connects people and builds communities by promoting urban literacy and citizen engagement.

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