Pattullo Bridge Community Forum

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Fraser River, Pattullo Bridge

The “New” Westminster is pleased to announce a community event: The Pattullo Bridge: Bridging the Old with the New.

Much discussion has been spent on planning for the new Pattullo Bridge, but one question remains: What can we do with the existing Pattullo Bridge?

If you’ve crossed the ageing bridge at any point over the last decade, you’ve probably asked yourself what is going to happen with this vital piece of public infrastructure in the future. It’s a good question that has taken on added importance now that TransLink and the City of New Westminster have started their public consultation about its future.

While most of the discussion has been about what the new bridge will look like and where it will be placed, there has been little talk about what to do with the current structure built in 1937.

Will it simply be torn down like the old Port Mann bridge as part of a renewal process? Or will it serve a new purpose as a carbon-friendly pedestrian/bike way linking downtown New Westminster to Surrey?

To address this important question, we are holding a community forum in New Westminster on June 6 at 7 p.m. Two urban planning visionaries from SFU and a transportation engineer from New Westminster City Hall will present their views in a non-partisan setting, after which the floor will be opened for a town hall-style discussion involving the public.

Those presenting are:

Gordon Price – Director, SFU City Program

Price currently leads The City Program at Simon Fraser University. He is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues – The Deceptive City and A Local Politician’s Guide to Urban Transportation – and has been published in numerous journals, including those of the American and Canadian Planning Associations. Price writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called Price Tags. Price has held a number of elected positions. He was a six-term Vancouver City Councillor, and a past Metro Vancouver Board Director. He was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (now Translink) in 1999. He currently its on the Boards of the Sightline Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Anthony Perl – Director, SFU Urban Studies

Perl’s current research crosses disciplinary and national boundaries to explore the policy decisions that affect transportation, cities and the environment.

He has also analyzed: institutional dynamics of public policy; the role of policy consultants, and; the relationship between energy policy and climate change. His findings have been published in numerous political science, environmental, urban and transportation journals. He has received awards for outstanding papers presented at the World Conference on Transport Research and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.

Jerry Behl  – Transportation Engineer, City of New Westminster

With over 20 years of experience in road design, traffic engineering and transportation planning, Jerry has worked in England for Transport London, New Zealand with Hamilton City Council and, more recently, with the City of Kelowna as the Manager of Transportation of Mobility.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Westminster (London, England) and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists BC.

TransLink – We asked if they wanted to participate, but they respectfully declined. They have asked that we keep them informed regarding the outcomes of our dialogue.

Event Details:

Date and time: June 6, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.

Location: La Perla Ballroom, on the upper floor at the River Market (across the railroad tracks from New Westminster SkyTrain Station).

Information: Email and/or visit our Facebook page under “Pattullo Bridge Community Forum”.

Livestream: NewWest.TV will livestream the event for those who can’t make it in person.

This event is considered non-partisan and is simply being organized two New Westminster residents hoping public officials make a community-based decision when it comes to the future of the current Pattullo Bridge.

Hopefully you can mark your calendar, spread the word and plan to be there to participate in the dialogue.

We also want to thank our speakers for attending as well as La Perla Ballroom and 24 hours Vancouver for sponsoring this important event. Hope to see you there!


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