This info has been circulating the downtown for the last little while but I thought I'd post it up for anyone who hasn't had a chance to see it yet. I've removed some sections as well that may apply to only a few people. check the links at the bottom for more.
Time to start devising new routes to work/ plans to flee the country.
The following roads will be closed to the public during the Games to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, spectators, workforce and the general public:
* Expo and Pacific Boulevards
* Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts
* Quebec Street (between Terminal Street and Second Avenue)
* Canada Place and Waterfront Road
* Midlothian Avenue (Between Dinmont Avenue and Ontario Street)
* Renfrew Street (between Hastings Street East and McGill Street)
Similar to HOV lanes, Olympic Lanes will dedicate one lane of traffic (the curb lane) in each direction to Olympic accredited vehicles and TransLink buses. All other lanes on the road will remain open to the public. Designated Olympic Lanes will be in place 24 hours per day, seven days a week at the following locations starting February 4th and remain in place until March 1st, 2010:
* Burrard Street (Burrard Bridge to Cordova Street)
* Seymour Street (Granville Bridge to Cordova Street)
* Howe Street (Cordova Street to Granville Bridge)
* Pender Street (Beatty Street to Howe Street)
* Cambie Street (Cambie Bridge to 59th Avenue)
* Broadway (Arbutus Street to Commercial Drive)
* Georgia Street (Richards Street to the Stanley park Causeway)
* Hastings Street (Richards Street to Boundary Road)
All bridges in the Metro Vancouver area will be open to the public however, there will be an Olympic Lane approaching the Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial bridges. Although these bridges are open, it is expected that the Lions Gate and Ironworkers memorial bridges will be very busy.
Public transit enhancements will be implemented starting in January. They include:
* 48 more SkyTrain cars on Millennium and Expo lines by January 1, 2010
* 180 additional business and 30 more HandyDart vehicles February 1 to 28th.
* Third SeaBus from February 8 to 28th.
* Expanded WestCoast Express trips from February 12 to 28th including 6 additional trips on weekdays, 9 new trips on Saturdays and 7 new trips on Sundays.
* SkyTrain Expo Line will operate extended hours. The last train will leave downtown Vancouver at approximately 2:15am throughout the Olympic period. SeaBus will also operate later hours to match SkyTrain.
* Public transportation routes and schedules may change during the Olympic period. Plan and determine your travel options ahead of time. Visit Translink’s website and ‘travel smart’ for tips on commuting and getting around during the Olympics. Web Site: www.translink.ca.
* Temporary parking/stopping restrictions on many of Vancouver’s downtown streets, including Water & Cordova Streets will be in place from February 4th to March 1st 2010 24 hours a day. For more information visit: www.olympichostcity.vancouver.ca – parking restrictions.
The 2010 Integrated Security Unit and VANOC have stated that business owners, employees and residents will have ‘free access to their businesses and residences’ during the Games. Currently no Gastown businesses are located within the anticipated security perimeters around Games’ venues. Safety measures may be reassessed in the event of a security incident or unexpected occurrence.fore noon and confirm the loading/drop off area for their business.
The following garbage removal extended hours will be in place from February 12 to February 28th 2010: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 12:00am; Sat-Sun: 8:00am – 12:00am
COMMUTING DURING THE GAMES:
* Consider accessibility for staff – public transportation and/or parking.
* Expect and plan for employee delays as travel times will be increased.
* Encourage staff to take public transit during the Games.
* Encourage walking or biking.
* Encourage carpools or rideshare. TransLinks’s Ride-Share program can help: www.translink.ca or check out: www.ride-share.com.
* If possible, avoid travelling altogether during peak times. That means heading downtown before 7:00am or after 9:00am and leaving downtown before 2:00pm or after 7:00pm.
* Travel Smart – Know Before You Go: Check TransLink ‘alerts’ and listen to radio traffic reports for road closures, transit service information and route and schedule changes, traffic delays and parking information at www.vancouver2010.com or www.travelsmart2010.ca.
* Monthly parkade parking is expected to remain available for most businesses. Check the following websites: www.easyparkvancouver.com and www.impark.com or with your current provider.
* Street parking will be restricted.
DOING BUSINESS DURING THE 2010 Winter Games:
Organizers of the 2010 Winter Games expect thousands of visitors will be visiting Vancouver. Visitors will be looking for places to eat at all hours of the day and night. They will want to experience the local culture and entertainment. They will want to take something home with them for friends and family.
Lessons from previous Winter Games Host Cities:
* Extended hours: visitors come to see the Games, they want to shop and eat before and afterward. You may want to consider modifying your operating hours according to the competition schedules of the venues closest to your business. Check out the Games schedule at: www.vancouver2010.com.
* Good Service: cheerful, friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.
* Knowledge of information about the Games, venues, schedules etc.
* Easy-to-transport products. Visitors stay just a few days and will be looking to purchase official Games souvenirs.
* Pins: Lapel pins of all sizes and shapes are one of the most popular items at the Games. People trade them, collect them and will go out of there way to track them down. You may want to consider having a special pin made for your business to give away with each purchase.
* Capacity to serve clients in multiple languages. Identify what languages you speak with a badge or pin or sign in the window.
* Accessibility of your business, availability of washrooms and resting areas.
* Interesting entertainment.
October 28, 2009: Torch Relay begins. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is a 45,000 Kilometer journey across Canada, takes over 100 days and visits over 1000 communities and places of interest.
January 29th, 2010: Main Media Centre Opens – Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre
February 2010: Phased-in Transportation Plan
February 12, 2010: Olympic Opening Ceremony at BC Place
February 28, 2010: Olympic Closing Ceremony at BC Place
March 12, 2010: Paralympic Opening Ceremony at BC Place
March 21, 2010: Paralympic Closing Ceremony at BC Place
Much of the above information came from the websites listed below. Be sure to check them out for more detailed information.
City of Vancouver: www.vancouver.ca (Host City website)
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC): www.vancouver2010.com
Translink: www.translink.ca; www.travelsmart2010.ca
2010 Commerce Centre: www.2010commercecentre.com
Retail BC: www.retailbc.org
Vancouver Economic Development Commission: www.vancouvereconomic.com/mybusiness2010
Tourism BC: www.tourismbc.com