Today someone left a comment on our post about our clothing line and stickers referring to the site as “gay”. What year is this? Let me state this clearly for everyone to read and understand. SurreyIsTheBomb.com and I (Scott Graham) do not accept the use of the word gay to describe something in a negative way. The LGBT community is an important part of my city, my country and my personal life. If you are not OK with that please unfollow this blog and it’s related Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Surrey has come a long way in the last ten years but it seems there are still people who want to perpetuate negativity and hate. If someone thought that they were being funny by posting this comment they need to grow up. To anyone in the LGBT community who read the comment I apologize on behalf of Surrey and it’s many amazing residents. I’m leaving the comment up as a reminder to anyone who comes across it that the word gay is not negative.
It’s Bike to Work week in Metro Vancouver and I have to know, are you riding your bike this week? Surrey is fairly bike friendly with most major roads having bike lanes. The Greenways project also provides some non road options for cyclists but for the most part Surrey’s size and layout prevent it from being a fully bikeable place. So what are your options?
Most busses have a bike rack but they only hold 2 or 3 bikes. If the bike rack is full you have to wait for another bus which can take awhile in Surrey. If you’re lucky enough to catch a bus with room for you and your bike you still have another hurdle awaiting you at the skytrain station. There are bike lockers at some Surrey stations but that leaves you without your bike when you reach your destination. Translink has been very helpful and communicative about how one would get from Surrey to downtown on a bus but the transit portion alone would take a little over an hour and a half not to mention the cycling time. Most people I know don’t have 3-4 hours a day to dedicate to commuting.
If you’ve ever been to Portland and utilized their transit system you probably know what I’m going to bring up, Light Rail. Light Rail is the answer to Surrey’s transit troubles. The cost is significantly lower than Skytrain, operating costs are less expensive than buses and Surrey’s Main roads are wide enough (mostly) to have street level light rail run down existing centre boulevards. Portland’s system combines light rail, street cars and buses in a seamless, inexpensive and user friendly way that Surrey is in desperate need of.
Portland’s Trimet Light Rail system also has dedicated bike storage space in every car on every train, a far cry from Translink’s non existent Skytrain+bike options. I you have an opinion I’d love to here it. I for one would love to ride my bike to work, it just isn’t a sensible option for me.
Commuting sucks. I know this very well as I am one of the thousands of people who commute from the Fraser Valley to Vancouver every day for work. The transit system out here is very sparse and inefficient often taking over 2 hours to get home, totally uncool. If there was a way you could ditch your car and travel in style and comfort would you do it? Ladies and gentleman, meet Pacific Commuter.
Pacific Commuter is a new membership based commuter bus offering luxury transportation from Langley and Surrey to Downtown Vancouver and back. You get to your destination in reclining leather seats with tables, free WiFi, lots of leg room and a kitchen and bathroom. All of this is on a state of the art bus that allows you to feel good about your commute because it’s much greener than driving. With free WiFi you can add 2 hours of productive work time to your day instead of sitting in your car accomplishing nothing and stressing out about traffic.
Check out PacificCommuter.com for all the details including Car2Go memberships, Globe and Mail subscriptions and much more! You can also bring your bike with you as it will fit in the compartments usually filled with luggage! Going green in style, that’s cool. Pacific Commuter hits the streets on July 3rd!
Photo credits – Pacific Commuter
Attention people of Surrey! This Saturday, November 19th, is election day! Civic government has the biggest impact on your day to day life yet voter turnout is traditionally much lower than provincial or federal elections.
This is your chance to really make a difference in your city. Make sure you vote this Saturday. To find out more about the candidates, where to vote and anything else election related visit http://www.surrey.ca/election
Surrey’s catchy slogan is “The future lives here”. Make sure you have a say in what that future will be.
Zen, the latest edition to Adera‘s Salus Community is another example of the great things happening in Surrey. Located at Scott Road and 66th Avenue the Salus Community is an award winning development featuring 18 townhouse buildings, 2 multi level buildings featuring luxury flats and an incredible amenities building featuring an outdoor salt water lap pool and hot tub, an infrared sauna, an amazing and very well equipped gym, onsite spa and wellness facilities and a lounge with a pool table, full kitchen, flatscreen TV and a 3500 square foot rooftop patio with a BBQ and outdoor fireplace.
The entire Salus community is Certified BuiltGreen Gold by BuiltGreen BC. They have been built for energy efficiency and sustainability to save the homeowner money on energy costs and lower water consumption. The Zen building features multiple floorplans ranging from 635 square foot 1 bedroom plus den units up to 3 bedroom 2 bathroom units that are up to 1086 square feet. Some top floor units also feature amazing rooftop patios and there is a limited number of townhouse that also offer rooftop patios.
The fixtures, cabinets, and fit and finish of these units is top notch which is something Adera, a company started in Greater Vancouver over 40 years ago, is know for. Prices at Zen range from $253900 – $349900.
One small disclaimer, SurreyIsTheBomb.com is not sponsored or has not financially benefited in any way from writing about the Salus Community, Zen or Adera, we just really like it and want you to go check it out so have a look through the pictures, check out Adera’s website and maybe even go check them out for yourself! You’d better hurry though, Zen is 70% SOLD OUT!!!
Once a heavily wooded area known for its homeless population and open drug use, Holland Park has been transformed into a beautiful open space where families gather to watch movies on warm summer evenings. Featuring water gardens, pathways and a cafe run by the local Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre, Holland Park is another reason Surrey is where the future lives.