Transportation 2040

The City of Vancouver is in the process of developing Transportation 2040 – a plan which will provide a vision for the next 30 years, and guide transportation decisions for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 15 years. Central to this plan is a City where walking, cycling, and transit are attractive options for getting around. The City is looking for feedback from citizens before they finalize the plan late in 2012. Deadline for completing the online questionnaire is July 13, 2012 –to complete the questionnaire, and to read more about Transportation 2040, click here.  

Living Streets returning in the fall

BEST’s popular Living Streets program is returning in the fall. Michelle Drewitz, Living Streets coordinator, is already in contact with various people in Surrey – so you can expect to hear more from her in the coming months! Living Streets, based on a popular project of the same name developed in Britain, takes place in various neighborhoods in the City of Surrey. Community members, especially youth and new Canadians, are trained to conduct street audits which identify ways to create safe and accessible streets. Participants learn to assess their neighborhoods, identify concerns and develop ways to positively address these concerns. Information gathered from the street audits will then be used in workshops attended by Surrey municipal planners and officials. If you are interested in donating or becoming a street auditor, please contact Beth at or 604-669-2860 ext 211.  

Come Out and Dance!

BEST invites all our supporters and their friends to come out on June 8 and June 22 and Just Dance! Just Dance is a “positive party” community event offering a unique opportunity to dance to an eclectic upbeat selection of music from around the world. Held for the last 19 years, Just Dance is a nonprofit event that also supports many local charities – and we are delighted that the proceeds from the June 8 and June 22 dances will be shared with BEST. Held in the relaxed and unpretentious environment of the Russian Community Hall (2114 West 4th @ Arbutus), this innovative community event attracts dance lovers of all ages. Add to this an alcohol-free environment and you get a warm community feeling and natural high. There’s nothing else quite like it in Vancouver. Come out, celebrate life, and support BEST! We are looking forward to attending, and looking forward to seeing you all! Active meditation 7:30 pm Dance begins 9:00 pm 2114 West 4th Avenue @ Arbutus Tickets $12, $10 (students), free for children. All at the door.