City of North Vancouver Senior Action Table
Hosted by: Silver Harbour Centre
Meets: 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm, North Vancouver City Library – 2nd floor Boardroom
“Seniors on the Go” July 11, 2017 at City Library
A lively audience attended “Seniors on the Go,” a co-presentation from the City of North Vancouver Seniors Action Table and the City of North Vancouver Library that focused on walkability and pedestrian safety.
Speakers Daniel Watson and Natalie Corbo, planners with the City of North Vancouver, Annwen Loverin, Executive Director at Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre, and RCMP Constables Chohan and Papaiya addressed walkability and pedestrian safety.
The July 31, 2017 Older & Wiser column entitled “It’s important to get up and move around” summarized the main points raised by “Seniors on the Go.” Read the latest Older & Wiser columns by clicking here.
How easy is it for seniors to get around the North Shore safely and effortlessly? Not so easy said seniors …..
Seniors spoke about lack of sidewalks, dangerous intersections, the speed and noise of vehicles, poor lighting, bikes and skate boards on sidewalks and limits to accessibility (expanded patio table areas, sandwich boards). Seniors complained about curb downs (dips in the curbs at crosswalks) as a problem for people who are sight impaired and the slow clearing of snow off sidewalks. They were concerned about lack of benches in some areas and when there were benches the lack of covers or shelters from the weather. They also talked about poor transportation options and issues with bus availability and accessibility.
1. Age-friendly Lower Lonsdale
Goal: To improve age-friendliness of businesses in the Lonsdale corridor.
• Created age-friendly checklist and letter to businesses
• Indentified 12 target businesses and assigned SAT members to make the approach
• Awaiting the completion of design and production of age-friendly business logos
2. Mobile Seniors One Stop (partnership with NSCRS Seniors One Stop)
Goal: Take seniors’ information out to community locations, e.g. Farmer’s market, public squares, community days. Pilot scheduled to run over the summer/early fall months of 2013.
•Pilot at the Seniors Picnic on June 27th in West Vancouver
•Banner, new brochures and SAT fact sheets ready. Applied to Kiwanis West Vancouver to purchase mobile suitcase & other equipment
3. Transportation & Parking in the Lonsdale Corridor
1. Goal: Advocating for changes to parking around LGH, i.e. Reduced or free parking for people attending for multiple treatments/visits; parking system that allows you to pay after for time used
Status: Developing plan to piggyback on larger Metro Vancouver initiative
2. Goal: Improving seniors safety on buses including design changes, driver training and educating seniors about Travel Smart
Status: TransLink attending Seniors’ picnic, distributing materials via mobile Seniors One Stop