The City of Vancouver is seeking public input on its future transportation plan, which includes more pedestrians, bikes and buses than cars.
At a news conference Monday morning, the city outlined its vision and asked for the public's help in creating a blueprint for how the city should function 30 years down the road.
The vision is a result of a series of public consultations last year with residents, businesses, industry groups and commuters. The next phase, according to the city, is determining how the ideas should be implemented in the coming years.
Vancouver's transportation director Jerry Dobrovolny said the city's priorities are clear.
"Walking in public spaces — the plan affirms that pedestrians are the city's top priority," he said.
There are over 180 proposed ideas, including new and upgraded pedestrian corridors and cycling routes.
"Neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown is where we see the highest percentage of cyclists today, up to 12 per cent of the population riding to work in the morning," Dobrovolny said.
"We need to continue to connect those areas."
Dobrovolny also zeroed in on public transit, calling for a high capacity rapid transit service along Broadway.
Private cars, however, are at the bottom of the city's priority list.
"In fact, the actual number of cars we have coming into the city are less today than there were in 1965," Dobrovolny said.
"What we have learned was that if we support options for people to walk, cycle and take transit, that's what they will do."
Dobrovolny said the vision going forward is to see even fewer cars in downtown Vancouver.
The public input will help shape a draft transportation plan expected to go before city council in the fall.
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