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An 'Olympic Legacy' You Can Enjoy Today

I recently rode right into something something to love about the Olympics: what it has done for traffic management in the city. It's really too bad it took this event to do it, but the changes are amazing to behold.

We have here an opportunity to practice what the area will be like in 5 years - and watch what can happen when traffic patterns are forced to change to accommodate this larger population.

Vancouver Council to vote on Laneway Housing

Vancouver city council will likely approve laneway housing today, which, as Frances Bula notes on her blog "will give 65,000 homeowners in the city’s RS1 and RS5 (single-family) zones the right to build a 750-square-foot house at the back of their lots".

Not all lots can build to the maximum size, however -- the ruling will require that there remain 16 feet of space between the main house and the laneway house. The lot also has to be 33 feet wide at this point.

The Summer of Cycling in Vancouver

It's looking like this cycling season in Vancouver might herald some major changes in the city's cycling culture. It will be the best summer yet for getting around by bike!

With a successful bike to work week wrapping up, and the Burrard bridge bike lane trial finally set to launch in a serious manner, hopefully we will see record numbers of people leaving the cars at home as they get around the city.

Laneway Housing: Apologies, the Matter is Settled.

Please put this to rest. Sorry folks.

This is one place we can use some steamroller developmental policies. I guess everyone has their point; this is mine. Welcome my benevolence. Let's hold some public discussion, go ahead. Look at some sketches, tell us it's a bad idea, go home and whine. Then watch the homes get built all around. We got tired of waiting for you to wake up.

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