Translink looks for a yes vote that will move Vancouver into the future

A historic transportation plebiscite will have huge implications not only for local transit users but also for those who drive.

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If voters support the mayors’-council recommendations, Surrey could receive three light-rail lines, similar to this artist’s rendering, to serve its rapidly growing population.

Mementos of past political battles poster his office walls, and evidence of his current fight sits in avalanche-prone piles as political activist Bill Tieleman savours the memory of a recent “down and dirty” debate.

Tieleman was leader of the successful 2013 campaign to stop the HST. And now—as part of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition—he hopes for a “yes” win in this spring’s Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite. His young debate opponent, Jordan Bateman, director of B.C.’s right-wing Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, is an avowed defender, as he himself sees it, of the overtaxed and perpetually aggrieved.

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How can changing the language used to talk about an issue help with conversation?

HOW SMART LANGUAGE HELPED END SEATTLE’S PARALYZING BIKELASH

February 04, 2015

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Link to the original article on People for Bikes found here.


Broadway, Seattle.

Instead of “cyclists,” people biking. Instead of “accident,” collision. Instead of “cycle track,”protected bike lane.

It can come off as trivial word policing. But if you want proof that language shapes thoughts, look no further than Seattle — where one of the country’s biggest bikelashes has turned decisively around in the last four years.

For a while in 2010 and 2011, the three-word phrase “war on cars,” which had risen to prominence in Rob Ford’s Toronto and spread to Seattle in 2009, threatened to poison every conversation about improving bicycling in the city.

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