Evaluate Surrey streets to make them more walkable and bicycle friendly

  • November 17, 2012 · 9:45 AM

The event is on rain or shine!

Meeting spot

At the entrance of the Guildford public library [masked] Ave) for an interactive map click HERE (some parking across the street at Guildford Town Centre)

Getting yourself there

carpooling. There are often Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers willing to provide a ride! If you need a ride log into your meetup account, click on "join us" on this page and leave a message briefly describing where you can offer or need a ride from. You can also leave a message at the bottom of this page in the box where it says "post a comment". Don't forget to chip in for gas if you get a ride ($5 for every hour of drive is about right).

Your organizer also sends an email reminder out to everyone signed up to participate a day before so drop an email to her ([masked]) that you need a ride and she can include it in her message to all those participating.

Take transit. To find out the best route go to:http://www.translink.bc.ca type in the location you are starting from, the destination and the date and time you will be begin the trip. Keep in mind there is no transit stop near our meeting spotso if you take transit bring your bicycle or plan for a lengthy walk to get you the rest of the way there.

Ride your bicycle. There are bicycle maps here:http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/cycling/bikeways/maps.htm

Activities

  • Meet at 9.45am (please don't be late)
  • Sign-in
  • Instruction will be given
  • Volunteers will be split into groups of 3-4
  • Maps and audit forms will be distributed to all volunteers

What to bring

  • Your rain jacket and umbrella in case it is raining. Our events in the rain have still been great fun!
  • If it's sunny, bring a hat and sunscreen
  • Ideal footwear: comfortable walking shoes. No heels
  • Wear bright clothing to increase your visibility
  • A pen to record your observations (we'll have some, but it will be good to have extra just in case)
  • If you have a clipboard or writing surface of some sort please bring it
  • Water (to bring with you to the work site) - Please don't forget this

What will be provided for you

  • Street audit forms
  • Some pens and clipboards (though if you have either bring them)
  • Maps of the audit area and routes
  • Snacks and drinks for the break
  • Instruction - Better Environmentally Sounds Transportation will give you the run down about the work we will be doing (you don't need to have experience to participate). There will be a safety talk
  • A volunteer letter emailed to you after the event to confirm your hours if you need it

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation's (BEST) Living Street program

BEST has created the Living Streets project, adapted from a similar initiative in Scotland, to educate and train community members in street audits.

Street Audits support the development of safe streets and neighbourhoods, enhance the feasibility of walking and cycling, and are effective tools for people to identify issues related to walking and cycling infrastructure. The audits provide great insight into how Surrey streets could be improved.

By making areas more walkable and bicycle friendly cities are able to encourage people to use more sustainable means of transportation, and therefore minimize green house gas emissions – in BC 44.6% of household green house gas emissions come from cars and trucks!

Volunteers will be trained in and undertake street audits in the Guildford area, and will provide the results to the host as input to design workshops attended by Surrey municipal planners and officials. The workshops will help individuals and agencies further their goals of healthier environments, more inclusive communities, and intercultural communications and development. If you think you may be interested in attending these events in March you are more than welcome.  Overall, the audits volunteers complete will identify a variety of solutions that local residents view as ways to encourage sustainable transportation.


HOST

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (Living Streets), with financial support from the Province of British Columbia, RBC Foundation, and the City of Surrey.

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  • Kiran

    it was awesome!

    November 19, 2012

  • Diana

    It was educational. Learned a lot about transportation/city planning. Would have given it 5 stars if it didn't have the downpour, but it was still fun in the rain.

    November 17, 2012

  • Neha

    Hi! Is anyone coming to the event from Langley? A ride would be great!

    Thanks

    November 16, 2012

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