When The Big One comes, will you be ready? Of course, you are at least a little ready, holding the tacit understanding that at some point, the ground beneath your feet will shift violently and change the region forever. So you know the basics: water for three days; hand-crank radio and flashlights; pick a family meeting place. But when the dust settles, how will you get around in the in the days and weeks following? Your car may be trapped underground. You own a smart car, not a 4x4. There's not enough gas.
"I'm just gonna shake shake shake."
This proposal seeks to address this question with an augmentation of the region's existing bicycle infrastructure to enable the movement of people and small-scale goods. Situated above the anticipated high-water flood line that would result from a significant earthquake, this soft-infrastructure would allow the circumnavigation of the city and provide access to otherwise unreachable neighbourhoods like Vancouver's West End. Coupled with harder infrastructure that would serve to bridge new waterways and provide access to basic utilities like power and water treatment, the network could provide a much needed temporary lifeline for both neighbourhoods and the region at large.
Listen to Ian's Interview with Bruce Haden and Kari Dow on Roundhouse Radio here.
Or listen to Ian give a pre-coffee interview on CBC's Early Edition with Rick Cluff here.
And you should definitely check out the Museum of Vancouver exhibition site here, as well as the Urbanarium; and make sure you visit the Project For Public Spaces Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place site here.