Have your say on major transportation infrastructure in Surrey & New Westminster
If you’ve crossed the ageing Pattullo Bridge at any point over the last decade, you’ve probably asked yourself what is going to happen with this vital piece of public infrastructure in the future. It’s a good question that has taken on added importance now that TransLink and the City of New Westminster have started their public consultation about its future.
While most of the discussion has been about what the new bridge will look like and where it will be placed, there has been little talk about what to do with the current structure built in 1937.
Will it simply be torn down like the old Port Mann bridge as part of a renewal process? Or will it serve a new purpose as a carbon-friendly pedestrian/bike way linking downtown New Westminster to Surrey?
Rather than simply standing back and watching the process, New Westminster resident Keith Mackenzie and I decided to take matters into our own hands. We are planning a public forum on June 6th to discuss what could be done with the old bridge, assuming a new one will be constructed further upstream.
We’ve assembled a thoughtful panel of visionaries and city officials to discuss what future possibilities for the current bridge might be. In order to get the dialogue going, our guest speakers will address everything from the feasibility of whether the Pattullo Bridge should be refurbished – to whether it could be converted to a major tourist attraction for the region.
Here are the event details:
Date: Wednesday, June 6th
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: River Market at Westminster Quay – Go up the escalators and turn left. A big thanks to La Perla Ballroom for hosting the event! There is plenty of parking available onsite, but the New Westminster SkyTrain station is literally next door!
Format: Brief presentations followed by lots of time for questions and answers
Gordon Price (Director, The City Program at SFU): Gord is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues – The Deceptive City, Local Politician's Guide to Urban Transportation – and has been published in numerous journals, including those of the American and Canadian Planning Associations. Price writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called "Price Tags”. Price has held a number of elected positions. He was a six term Vancouver City Councillor, and a past Metro Vancouver Board Director. He was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (now Translink) in 1999. He currently its on the Boards of the Sightline Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Gord is also a featured writer on City Caucus.
Prof. Anthony Perl (Simon Fraser University): His current research crosses disciplinary and national boundaries to explore the policy decisions that affect transportation, cities and the environment.
He has also analyzed: institutional dynamics of public policy; the role of policy consultants, and; the relationship between energy policy and climate change. His findings have been published in numerous political science, environmental, urban and transportation journals. He has received awards for outstanding papers presented at the World Conference on Transport Research and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.
Jerry Behl (City of New Westminster): Transportation Engineer.
TransLink: We asked if they wanted to participate, but they respectfully declined. They have asked that we keep them informed regarding the outcomes of our dialogue.
This event is considered non-partisan and is simply being organized two New Westminster residents hoping public officials make a community-based decision when it comes to the future of the current Pattullo Bridge.
Hopefully you can mark your calendar, spread the word and plan to there to participate in the dialogue.
If you have any questions about the forum please send your email to PattulloBridge@gmail.com. We also want to thank our speakers for attending as well as the River Market at Westminster Quay for hosting the event. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the Pattullo Bridge community forum, check out this website.
– post by Daniel