Category Archives: Mobility

New App for Finding Public Washrooms in Vancouver

The availability of public washrooms is a topic of great interest to the Committee, so we are delighted that Crohn’s and Colitis Canada have created a handy new app that allows people to find a public washroom wherever they are in in the city! Give … Continue reading

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Enhanced Snow Response Plan

We are pleased that both the City and the Park Board have unveiled an enhanced snow removal response plan, informed by lessons from last year’s unexpected snow storm. Changes include expanded snow removal coverage (e.g., on pedestrian pathways), enhanced response … Continue reading

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Requesting Accessible Public Washrooms at New SkyTrain Stations

Last year, the Committee passed a motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects. City Council subsequently approved an amended version of this motion. One important location for accessible public … Continue reading

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SAC Position on West 10th Avenue Corridor (Health Precinct) Design

On May 17, we will be addressing Council and explaining our position on the proposed changes for the West 10th Avenue Corridor (The Health Precinct). Below is the text of a letter we approved and sent to Council in advance of the meeting, where the … Continue reading

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Review of City’s Snow and Ice Removal Procedures

We are pleased that Council has passed a motion today asking staff to provide a report on the City’s handling of snow and ice removal during December. The Park Board has commissioned a similar report. As street safety and accessibility are key priorities for our … Continue reading

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Accessible Path of Travel Policy Review, December 7

City of Vancouver Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability staff are conducting a policy review to explore opportunities for accessible paths of travel to low-density housing types.  The goal is to improve and streamline policies to make these homes more accessible for … Continue reading

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Open Houses on Proposed Changes to West 10th Avenue

City staff are holding four open houses on the proposed changes to the West 10th Avenue Corridor (VGH Medical Precint): • Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m., Blusson Spinal Cord Centre • Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m., Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral • … Continue reading

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Accessible Public Bathrooms Motion Passes

We are very pleased that Vancouver City Council has unanimously passed our motion calling for the consideration of accessible public toilets—a key element of an age-friendly city—in all planning projects. For some people, the uncertainty of access to public toilets … Continue reading

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Accessible Bathrooms, Arbutus Greenway, and West 10th Avenue Corridor Motions

On November 2, Councillor Elizabeth Ball will be presenting three of our motions to Council: Increased Accessibility to Public Washrooms An Age-Friendly Arbutus Corridor Accessibility for Patients at West  10th Avenue Medical Facilities Our Chair, Colleen McGuinness, will be speaking … Continue reading

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Arbutus Greenway Open Houses

Have your say about the Arbutus Greenway at one of these upcoming open houses: – Kitsilano – September 17, 1 – 3 pm – Marpole – September 21, 7 – 9 pm – Kerrisdale – September 22, 7 – 9 … Continue reading

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Participants Needed: Moving Toward Health Study

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SAC Passes Motion Regarding Medical Precinct

Today the Committee passed the following motion regarding proposed changes to the “Medical Precinct” along West 10th Avenue. MOVED by Dellie Lidyard SECONDED by Eva Wadolna WHEREAS In 2013, Council ratified the City’s plan to seek formal recognition from the … Continue reading

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Impact of Permanent Closure of 800-Block Robson Street

Council voted yesterday to approve a permanent pedestrian plaza along the 800-block of Robson Street. This means that no vehicular traffic, including buses, will no longer be able to travel along that block. The Seniors’ Advisory Committee did not have … Continue reading

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Open Houses & Online Survey for 10th Ave Corridor Changes

The City is holding two open houses (April 23rd and April 26th) for members of the public to provide comments about proposed changes to the walkways and bikeways along the 10th Avenue Corridor, also known as the Health Precinct. There … Continue reading

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Motion Regarding Improvements to Street Lighting

The SAC is pleased that our Committee liaison, Councillor Tony Tang, will be presenting a motion regarding improvements to street lighting at next week’s Council meeting. This motion is adapted from the Committee’s earlier motion, which we passed last year with support from … Continue reading

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Vancouver Earns Designation as an Age-Friendly Community

The Committee is pleased to announce that we were successful in our application to have Vancouver designated as an Age-Friendly Community by the Province of British Columbia. Cities achieve this designation after establishing an advisory committee, securing a local government resolution, conducting … Continue reading

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SAC Applauds TransLink for Hearing Our Concerns and Making $1 Million Commitment to HandyDART

SAC chairwoman Chris Morrissey was on the Bill Good Show this Tuesday to discuss the $1 million in additional funding that TransLink has pledged for HandyDART service this year. “This will have a major impact on seniors,” said Ms. Morrissey. … Continue reading

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SAC Plays Key Role in New Taxi Driver Training Program

The SAC is pleased to announce the introduction of ‘Ask-Listen-Act’, an enhanced training program that helps educate taxi drivers about providing appropriate services for older adults and people with disabilities. SAC’s Transportation and Mobility Subcommittee, in partnership with the Persons with … Continue reading

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SAC Passes Motion to Improve Street Lighting

The Committee has been very concerned about poor lighting levels across the city. Tardy replacement of burnt out street lamps and lack of sufficient lampposts along sidewalks and intersections is a serious impediment to the safety and mobility of older … Continue reading

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West End Seniors’ Network Responds to West End Community Plan

The City of Vancouver recently released its draft of the City’s first-ever community plan for the West End. This plan will help shape the future of the West End for the next 30 years and focuses on neighbourhood character, housing, local … Continue reading

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