SW Marine Drive to be Closed for Much of Summer

MAY 2016 — The busy arterial road connecting Marpole and south Vancouver to UBC will be closed to through traffic from May to early September.

Southwest Marine Drive is a key link between UBC, the University Endowment Lands, commercial centres, the airport, provincial highways, and the regional road network. This busy route is used by people cycling and driving trucks, buses, and private vehicles.

Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver will be undertaking two large road construction projects this summer.
Metro Vancouver will be upgarding the existing sewer/wastewater pipe system from Dunbar Street to Granville Street.

The City of Vancouver will then resurface the roadway, and upgrade the bikeway to improve the safety and comfort of people cycling.

The bicycle upgrades will:

Widen the bike lane to 1.8 m to meet the minimum-width guidelines.

Add a 0.6-m painted buffer to separate the bike lane from the motor vehicle travel lane on SW Marine Drive.

There will be local traffic access for people living along the route.

More details will be posted on marpoleonline.com as they become available. Please ensure that your customers, clients and patients are aware of the possiblity of traffic delays throughout the west side of Vancouver and our community during the summer months.

For more information, please call 311, or email: bikeupgrades@vancouver.ca or the Mayor directly at:
gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca.

Granville Street Parking

Parking Restored in 8600 block

JAN 2011 — After years of lobbying by the Marpole Business Association to reinstate on-street parking along Granville St. that was removed in 1998 due to the 98 BLine rapid bus, the last stretch of parking spots have been returned.

In late fall 2010, the City of Vancouver, TransLink and the Coast Mountain Bus Company agreed to reinstate six on-street parking spaces on the east side of the 8600 block of Granville St.

Parking in these spaces is now permitted on weekdays after 9:30 AM, and all day on weekends. Merchants in the 8600 block - and their customers - are ecstatic that the parking has been returned for the public's use.

"This is the final chapter in our long-running efforts to ensure that each on-street parking space removed in 1998 was returned to community use after the B-Line bus was taken out of service in the fall of 2009," notes MBA President Michael Tee.

"We are very happy with this parking reinstatement."

New Parking Sign in 7900 Block

JAN 2011 — At the request of the Marpole Business Association, the City of Vancouver has installed a new parking sign just north of the 64th Avenue bus stop.

The sign indicates a 2-hour parking allowance after 9:30 AM, and removes the confusion that existed due to the AM peak #480 bus that has a second stop just north of the existing bus stop.

This new sign will also permit City Bylaw Enforcement to mark and ticket cars that are parked along Granville St. for more than 2 hours.

Businesses in that block are advised to let their customers and patients know about the new two hour parking limit.

And a reminder to all members: Please ensure that you and your staff do not park on Granville Street. On-street parking is reserved for your customers, clients and patients.

Thank you for your assistance.

Did you know?

FEB 2010 — During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, 4,000 athletes, 10,000 media, 25,000 volunteers and more than a quarter of a million visitors are expected reducing the capacity of the local road network to the downtown by 30% from the south, and overall by 20%.

Olympic transportation plan impacts Marpole

JAN 2010 — In November 2009, VANOC and the City of Vancouver released the 2010 Olympic Transportation Plan.

The Plan can be found at travelsmart2010.ca.

In Marpole, there will be no parking or stopping along Granville St. at any time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) between February 4th and March 1st, 2010.

The Marpole BIA has been working with the City, the Marpole Safeway, and its members to augment existing off-street parking along side streets and in available parking lots. We are pleased to announce the following recommended parking plans & strategies.

Marpole BIA Olympic Parking Plan

JAN 2010 — The Marpole Safeway has graciously agreed to open up the southern section of its parking lot (next to the Safeway building) to member business owners and their employees.

If you receiving a hard copy of this newsletter, you are eligible to obtain 2 (two) free parking passes for the Safeway lot during the Games period (Feb. 4th-28th) There are approximately 56 parking spaces available, on a first come, first served basis.

In order to obtain your special Safeway parking decal, you must provide the following information to the Marpole BIA office;

  • Company Name
  • Name of Business Owner or Employee
  • Business Phone and Cell Phone Numbers
  • Vehicle License Plate Number

Phone or email this information to: Claudia Laroye - marpolebia@marpoleonline.com OR 604-418-8232.

Your contact information & vehicle details will be forwarded to Safeway staff, who will provide you with a special Diamond Parking pass for you to pick up at Safeway before February 4, 2010.

By applying to park your vehicle in the Safeway lot, you are freeing up parking spaces behind your own business, or on a side street, for your customers, clients and patients to use to access your own business and the commercial district as a whole.

The Marpole BIA offers our heartfelt thanks to Marpole Safeway, Manager Stuart Muir and his staff for offering this parking program to our members as a community service.

Market Your Parking to Customers

JAN 2010 — Advise your customers & clients that customer parking is available along all residential side streets from 63rd to 71st Avenues, all the way to Adera (west of Granville) and French (east of Granville). This parking stock adds up to hundreds of free, public parking spaces, just one block from your business.

Encourage your employees to carpool, take transit to work, or park at least one to two blocks away from Granville St.

If you have parking behind your store or underground your business, make it available and promote it to your customers for their use. Make it easy for customers to get to your store.

If you have patients or clients making appointments, advise them of the parking options that are closest to your office or business location, when they book or as soon as possible.

Organize any product deliveries through a back entrance to your business. Advise your suppliers well in advance so they are aware of the no-stopping restrictions on Granville Street.

We hope and trust that our local residents and regular customer base will visit their local Marpole businesses even more frequently during this time, as the Marpole commercial district is easily accessible by bike, walking and transit.

 

DEC 2009 — Customer parking is available along all residential side streets from 63rd to 71st Avenues, all the way to Adera (west of Granville) and French (east of Granville). This parking stock adds up to hundreds of free, public parking spaces, just one block from your business.

Encourage your employees to carpool, take transit to work, or park at least one block away from Granville St. We are working with some member businesses about employee parking alternatives, and will have more information in the January MBA newsletter.

If you have parking behind your store or underground your business, make it available and promote it to your customers for their use. They will appreciate knowing they can have quick and easy access to your store.

If you have patients or clients making appointments, advise them of the parking options that are closest to your office or business location, when they book or as soon as possible.

Organize any product deliveries through a back entrance to your business. Advise your suppliers well in advance so they are aware of the no-stopping restrictions on Granville Street.

We encourage you to advise your customers, clients and patients of the parking restrictions during February 2010, and even more importantly, advise them of the parking options available to them during this time.

We hope and trust that our local residents and regular customer base will visit their local Marpole businesses even more frequently during this time, as the Marpole commercial district is easily accessible by bike, walking and transit.

Games-Time Transportation Plan Released

OCTOBER 2009 — More details of the downtown transportation plan for the 2010 Winter Games were released today and include the dates of when Olympic Lanes and road closures will go into effect. All the information is available on the City of Vancouver Host City website.

Granville Street and the Marpole commercial district will be impacted by the Olympic transportation plan during the month of February, 2009. From February 4th to March 1st, there will be 24 hour on-street parking and stopping restrictions along Granville St.

The Marpole BIA is working with the City and its members to augment existing off-street parking along side streets and in available parking lots. We encourage our members to advise their employees to take transit to work, and advise their customers and patients of these parking restrictions, and of the parking alternatives, by mid-January.

We hope and trust that our local residents and regular customer base will visit their local Marpole businesses even more frequently during this time, as the Marpole commercial district is easily accessible by bike, walking and transit.

For more information, please contact Claudia Laroye, Marpole Business Association.

2010 Olympic Transportation Plan - Impacts for Marpole

VANOC has released its 2010 Olympic Transportation Plan for February 2010, and there will be significant impacts upon the Granville Street corridor. These impacts will affect the members of the Marpole commercial district and the community as a whole. At this time, the Plan calls for 24-hour parking restrictions along Granville Street through Marpole, for a minimum of two weeks. The Marpole Business Association is working with the City of Vancouver and VANOC to obtain more details about the full impacts of these parking restrictions, and will post them on marpoleonline.com.

View a PDF Map here.

The 2010 Olympics - How will they affect you?

MARCH 2009 — While the Marpole neighbourhood and commercial district will not be locations for any Olympic-related facilities or events, we will be affected by many aspects of the 2010 Olympic and ParaOlympic Games, during February and March 2010.

The Marpole BIA is excited to announce that it has successfully lobbied the City to upgrade and beautify the southern entrance into Marpole from the Arthur Laing Bridge and along SW Marine Drive.

This $300,000 project will include; extending and beautifying the median along SW Marine Drive, re-landscaping the berm on the north side of SW Marine Drive, adding Olympic-themed banners on poles at the entrance to the Arthur Laing Bridge, and other physical improvements designed to make the southern entrance into Vancouver a much more beautiful and welcoming experience. This work should begin this Spring 2009.

The Marpole commercial district will also be the recipient of official Olympic banners, which are to be installed along the entire length of Granville St. as part of the branding experience for major Olympic processional routes. These banners will be in place from January to late March 2010.

Other important considerations will be traffic and transportation impacts. These will include dedicated Olympic transportation lanes along the Granville St. corridor, as well as extended parking restrictions at nonpeak hours of the day. This is being done to ease the traffic congestion that is anticipated as people move in and out of Vancouver and Richmond to attend free and paid Olympic events. There may also be significant security restrictions, although details of these plans have not yet been made public.

The Marpole BIA is interested in YOUR ideas on how we can celebrate the Olympics in our own unique way in our neighbourhood. Please email your ideas and thoughts to marpolebia@marpoleonline.com.

The Marpole BIA will continue to advocate on behalf of our members to ensure negative impacts of the Olympics are mitigated as best possible. We will also keep you informed of the latest Olympic information as we receive it.

Vancouver Parking Tax is axed

On March 8th, 2007, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon made public his intention to get rid of the Parking Tax.

This decision was welcomed by many commercial businesses and retailers who had opposed the tax through the Park the Tax Coalition.

The Parking Tax had posed a serious challenge for retailers already paying high levels of property tax.

The Parking Tax also represented a growing imbalance between the taxation burdens placed on residential versus commercial taxpayers with commercial taxpayers paying five to six times more tax.

The Marpole BIA remains committed, as part of its advocacy through the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition, to lobbying City Council to reduce the commercial taxation imbalance in Vancouver in this year's City budget.

Visit noparkingtax.ca, fairtaxcoalition.com, vancouver.ca, and kevinfalcon.net for more information.