Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rain Gardens at Bus Bulges Protect Stream Health in the City of North Vancouver

Bus Bulges Minimize Impact of Built Environment
The City of North Vancouver is leading by example in demonstrating on-the-ground applications of a 'design with nature' way-of-thinking and acting. This is illustrated by drainage features constructed within the highly urban Lonsdale Avenue corridor.

"Rain gardens have been included in bus bulges on Lonsdale to minimize the impact of the built environment on the City's small streams.  But this is just part of the picture,” states Tony Barber, Manager of Engineering Planning and Design.

"The rain gardens also help to sustain the adjacent street trees and make the streetscape a more comfortable and attractive environment for walking. Studies have shown that appealing streetscapes also improve the viability of adjacent businesses."

"As far as the bus bulges themselves, they reduce transit dwell times and therefore help to make transit a more attractive alternative.  So to sum it up, these bus bulges help to contribute to the social, economic and environmental aspects of the sustainability of the City of North Vancouver."

TO LEARN MORE: To read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket website, click on Rain Gardens at Bus Bulges Protect Stream Health in the City of North Vancouver.

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