Surrey Transportation Lecture Program

Thanks to Price Tags and the South Fraser Blog, two of the transportation and urban planning blogs I follow, I recently found out about the annual Surrey Transportation Lecture Program co-sponsored by SFU and the City of Surrey and promptly applied.

The course is described as a comprehensive introduction to transportation in the Lower Mainland with a particular focus on Surrey. It deals with roadway planning, the relationship between transportation and land use, and the operation and management of our transportation systems and aims to give citizens, professionals and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about transportation. The course consists of nine lectures and one field trip and includes speakers from TransLink, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Metro Vancouver, ICBC, the City of Surrey, and SFU.

I received my acceptance email yesterday and prompty registered. The cost was a measly $31.50 for residents of Surrey and $63.00 for non-residents of Surrey. The catch, however, is that you must provide a cheque for $100 which will only be cashed in the event that you fail to attend 80% of the classes.

The course begins on September 11. I’m weirdly excited.


ReNewton Nation

I met Jude Hannah at the Arts Council of Surrey’s AGM a couple weeks ago. Jude is a local artist and the creator of the ReNewton Nation, a movement to improve community, business, and the arts in the Newton area of Surrey. Up until a couple weeks ago, I had only known of the organization through their generous retweeting of Youth Arts Council of Surrey’s news and events.

After having been given permission to use a good chunk of land on King George Blvd around 64th Avenue, ReNewton had been trying to implement a community garden. Unfortunately, it seems as if the project is a non-starter due to budget and timing. There is still, however, the potential to use the land for another arts and community-related purpose!

If you have any ideas or would like to be involved be sure to visit the ReNewton blog and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook!