District of Squamish has been working to develop a plan for car-free days in Squamish.
It was one of the several activities the district was engaged in the past few months with its goal of ‘Shift Beyond the Car’.
‘Shift Beyond the Car’ is among the actions the district is working towards under its Climate Change Action Plan.
From April to October, the district worked with a university student to research successful examples of car-free days in other communities, and to develop a plan for such days in Squamish.
The plan involvs hosting car-free days once a week during warmer seasons, possibly in combination with farmers’ market.
Another action towards moving away from the car involves creating and printing user-friendly, waterproof, pocket-sized maps that show how to travel around Squamish by bike.
The district also provided funding and support for the October GoByBike week to make up for cancelled spring event and build support for the new event, previously called the Bike to Work Week.
For its ‘Shift Beyond the Car’ plan, the district will also support and incentivise high-density infill development along the core transit networks.
Density will be prioritized around neighbourhood nodes and in mixed use areas through additional housing forms, such as row housing, suites, density bonuses, and reductions in parking requirements.
The district is also working with a team of graduate students at UBC to research neigbourhood nodes and come up with a detailed analysis of the benefits of nodal development.
Transportation planner is also continuing to work with BC Transit toward increasing levels of service and improving transit infrastructure, including the transit maintenance facility.
Transportation planner is also making transit fares available in additional locations in Squamish and advertising the locations/times that fare products are sold.