DVBIA members are encouraged to say ‘yes!’ to the transportation referendum.
The DVBIA, along with other groups, including the Better Transit & Transportation Coalition, Moving in a Livable Region, and the Mayors’ Council, are promoting this referendum that asks for a public decision on transportation funding measures that will pay for Metro Vancouver transportation improvements.
Who doesn’t want 70% of the region’s residents to have access to frequent transit service? Or, 25% more bus service in the region? Or light rail transit in the Fraser Valley? Or the Broadway Corridor rapid transit line built? Or the Pattullo Bridge replaced? Or 50% more Seabus service? Or upgrades to the major road network to keep people and goods moving? Or 2,700 more kilometres of bikeways?
Mail-in ballots will be sent out mid-March with voting open through May 29, 2015.
"The Mayors' Council and the Provincial Government have taken a momentous and giant step forward that has the potential to shape the future direction of Metro Vancouver – and downtown – in the upcoming decades,” says Charles Gauthier, President & CEO of the DVBIA.
A concise referendum question that proposes a .5 per cent increase in the provincial sales tax applicable only to Metro Vancouver has been approved. Of a number of options considered, this one met the criteria that includes principles such as affordable, balanced, linked to the transportation and transit system, stable and resilient, economically efficient.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association has long been speaking out for the need for a more reliable and stable funding source to make much needed future transportation and transit investments. With over a million people projected to move here within the next two decades, we need to start the work very soon to ensure that our region is one of the most livable places in the world. From our perspective that means cutting congestion and providing reliable and abundant transportation and transit options for a growing region.
Make your vote count.
It’s hard to believe, but five years ago TODAY downtown Vancouver was ‘centre ice’ for the Olympics.
Ahhh, the sunshine, red mittens, gold medals, electric atmosphere and endless celebrations.
The success of the 2010 Winter Games and its ongoing legacy were just a couple highlights of the DVBIA’s first 25 years as an association – something we’re celebrating all of 2015. This is story 2 of the 12 we have prepared this year.
The DVBIA’s role during the Olympics was to ensure its members were ‘business ready’ for the Games. That they understood the traffic and roadway restrictions, what kind of visitors they could expect to welcome and how their businesses should adapt to the 17-day event.
In the end, more than 1 million people or 50% of the residents of the Lower Mainland came downtown during the Games, and the 25+ sponsor and country houses set up downtown were a huge hit. Remember the 7-hour waits for the zipline over Robson Square?!
Take a trip down memory lane with our new video.
DVBIA - We Remember from pushr on Vimeo.
SELFIE WITH A FLOCK OF SHEEP?
Bahhh! A flock of a thousand LED sheep will blink, not bleat, on the Vancouver Art Gallery Front Lawn in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
LunarFest returns to the downtown with an interactive light display from February 20 through 22 with a ton of free events.
Ewe won't want to miss this!
Now, for DVBIA members only, before the sheep make their grand debut to the public, you can invite a sheep to your business and create your own unique Lunarfest Sheep photos to share with your friends and customers on Instagram or Facebook. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Did you know the characteristics of sheep include being: calm, dependable, creative, intelligent, artistic, and sincere?
Are you a sheep? You are if you were – or will be – born in these years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
EXPLORE AT FAMILY FUSE
Experiment, learn and play while exploring the ideas of space and place.
Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they explore concepts around space and place through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops at the Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
It runs Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 10am to 5pm.
This all-ages event features a dance performance by MACHiNENOiSY, a rocket making workshop with creative, storytelling about two very different BC communities by Stories on Wheels, and other fun activities for families to experience together.
FREE for Gallery members and for children aged 12 & under when accompanied by an adult.
Sponsored by the DVBIA.
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s cosmopolitian business district, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) serves a 90-block area (view our boundaries) that consists of 8000 businesses, property owners and tenants - and attracts thousands of employees, tourists and shoppers every day.
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