Exploring Vancouver’s Transportation Future

A Greenest City Conversations research project led by Susanna Haas Lyons in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Plan team.

Over 500 Vancouver drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders participated in a Facebook discussion event to give advice to the City of Vancouver and learn about the future of transportation in our city.

During June 2011, residents and commuters discussed key issues – like health, affordability, economy, and the environment – in small Facebook groups. Each discussion group worked together to evaluate strategies and propose directions for the City’s Transportation Plan.

Discussion groups ran for just over two weeks (May 31-June 19) followed by a chance to promote their ideas through public Facebook sharing and commenting (ending June 30). The conversation drew from public input received during previous public consultations, such as the Greenest City planning process.

Read a report of participant recommendations and summary of who was involved in Exploring Vancouver’s Transportation Future (pdf).

Read the Transportation Department’s response to participant recommendations (pdf).

Read the City’s summary of their overall consultation efforts (pdf).

Exploring Vancouver’s Transportation Future is a partnership of the City of Vancouver and Greenest City Conversations, a University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University group that is hosting and researching innovative public conversations about Vancouver’s sustainability future.

The goals of this online discussion were:

  1. Inform a draft Transportation Plan being developed by the City of Vancouver
  2. Provide residents, commuters and businesses an opportunity to share and hear different points of view about transportation in Vancouver
  3. Pilot a new methodology for engaging the public on city-wide issues


Results of the Facebook event and other public transportation conversations from spring 2011 will be integrated into a draft Transportation Plan by the City of Vancouver, which will then go back to the public for feedback in early 2012.

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