One of the cornerstones of a post-carbon future involves re-envisioning our roadways and reclaiming them for more sustainable modes of transportation. Light and heavy duty vehicles are a leading cause of urban greenhouse gas emissions and cities around the world, including Llubljana (Slovenia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Oslo (Norway), have taken bold initiatives and re-imagined what roadways can look like.
New Westminster can follow in the footsteps of cities around the world by turning Columbia Street car-free. Imagine strolling through a revitalised pedestrian zone, attending public community shows and events, flitting from shops to restaurants to bars, whilst taking in the sunset and views of the magnificent Fraser River. It is a future worth dreaming about!
A Car free Columbia - Louise Chow
The City of New Westminster is currently seeking feedback on their Climate Emergency budget, which includes funding the Seven Bold Steps that Council passed to meet their emission targets. Our team in New Westminster is championing a car-free Columbia Street and Uptown at 6th and 6th, which will help to meet two of those steps, creating a Car-light Community and A Quality People-Centred Public Realm, and revitalising the heart of the city. Will you join us?