Originally Posted by legallyillegal
the closer you live to the trans-canada highway, the better
of the 3 hills within 30 minutes of downtown, grouse is the most transit-friendly with a city bus going to the base where the gondola is (grouse sucks)
seymour has a shuttle bus that goes from the bottom near a city bus stop (but seymour is tiny)
cypress (the best and most expensive) has no transit access
commuting is a nightmare, and it is all-day in vancouver
there is no skytrain to UBC, that is probably 10 years away at this point (nimbyism reigns supreme)
cycling isn't bad, just remember that it rains pretty much all winter, and you might as well paint a bullseye on your back to make it easier for cars to attack you
richmond - you still have to go through vancouver to go anywhere (no north-south highway because the automobile is the enemy)
if you want to live close to the border with fast access to 6 mountains, you'll want to live in (east to west) pitt meadows/maple ridge, langley, aldergrove, abbotsford, maybe mission, maybe chilliwack
Invaluable advice. Thanks. I'll save it and am sure to come back to it when housing is to be decided.
Israel isn't very bicycle friendly, and in Ethiopia one should always be in the frame of mind that all drivers are homicidal lunatics out to get you.
Saying that, I managed to survive 5.5 years of bicycling in Addis Ababa, and 15 years of bicycling in Tel Aviv and Haifa, so probably could try and tackle the crazies on BC roads ;-)
As for the nimbyism
blocking the SkyTrain to UBC, the Vancouver municipality should probably use Bangkok as a showcase to the opposers.
The SkyTrain had virtually metamorphosed transportation patterns there. There is an old saying in BKK that where most cities have rush hours twice a day, BKK has only one: starting at 0600 and ending at 2200!
This still holds true today, but if your travel start and end points are near a SkyTrain station - you can complete a 4 hours car journey in 20 minutes!