Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds | Wikipedia

A pair of furry friends with big tails have decided to call one of downtown Vancouver’s newest and busiest neighbourhoods home.

Two adult beavers have taken up residence in Hinge Park, on the edge of Olympic Village in the Southeast False Creek area. The industrious rodents have even built a full-size beaver lodge in a stream running through the park, complete with mud, twigs and tree trunks.

The beavers have already become mini celebrities in the community. Photographers line up on the seawall along the edge of the stream, hoping for a clear shot. And a new Twitter account, @VancouverBeaver, has been created on behalf of the critters.  Continue reading:
Urban Beavers Move into Vancouver’s Olympic Village

12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver may be getting even more bike friendly over the next five years.

A dozen new bike lanes, including eight in the downtown core, have been proposed as part of a new report scheduled to go before city council this week.

The proposed changes amount to a Christmas wish list for avid bikers in the city. Major additions being considered include a new bike lane across the Granville Street Bridge, a much needed route linking Yaletown and the West End via Drake and Burnaby Streets, a long-awaited bike lane along Commercial Drive and a new “Portside Greenway” to run along Water Street in Gastown, according to reports in the Vancouver Sun and Metro.   Continue reading:
12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Study shows Vancouver is the safest, most active city for biking in Canada

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver is officially on its way to becoming the urban bike capital of Canada.

A new report shows that Vancouverites now make more than 100,000 bike trips per day, tops in all of Canada. We even beat out much larger Toronto, where riders make 96,000 daily trips. In Vancouver, bike trips now account for more than 4 percent of all journeys made by any form of transportation.

The report by the Pembina Institute takes a deep look at Vancouver’s bike infrastructure (as well as cities across Canada), exploring both strengths and weaknesses. It turns out the city has plenty to be proud about when it comes to biking.  Continue reading:
Study shows Vancouver is the safest, most active city for biking in Canada

Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

22674460238_51cd8a2cba_kStanley Park seawall lovers may need to find an alternate walking and biking route … at least for the next few weeks.

A stretch of Vancouver’s popular 9-kilometre seawall will be closed for repairs after crews discovered a partial collapse of a small section this week. The closure will affect the area extending from Lions Gate Bridge to Third Beach.

A flurry of recent storms – with high wind and strong waves – is being blamed for the damage. The area affected is exposed directly to the open ocean and suffers the brunt of abuse during surges.

This isn’t the first seawall closure in recent years. Last November, a large section of the Stanley Park seawall between English Bay and Lumbermen’s Arch was also closed because of damage from waves and logs.

Part of the challenge is that construction on the seawall began all the way back in 1917. Continue reading:
Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

Hyundai Donation Fuels Opening of New Science World Exhibit: Check it Out for the Next 3 Years!

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Science World’s newest fun and interactive exhibit is providing visitors of all ages a chance to experience first-hand the environmental benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Based on a classic driving game, the Hyundai sponsored exhibit challenges drivers to take the hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle for a virtual spin. Continue reading:
Hyundai Donation Fuels Opening of New Science World Exhibit: Check it Out for the Next 3 Years!