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Friday, March 16, 2007

Free Breakfast for Riding the Bus

If you took public transit yesterday morning, breakfast was on SPEC.

Organizers from the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) were pulling out all the stops for transit users, providing a free plate of pancakes and scrambled tofu to riders passing through the Commercial Drive and Broadway station.

The free breakfast campaign was a unique way to both reward transit users for their environmentally friendly transportation choice, and highlight concerns over the provincial government's approach to climate change in the Lower Mainland.

SPEC and BEST organizers are worried that the recent announcement of plans to reorganize Translink will widen the gap between the transportation authority and regional land use plans, increasing single-occupant vehicles and greenhouse gases.

"We want to deliver a message to government that they should [stop] starving transit and de-emphasize their car-centred approach," said David Fields, with SPEC.

Breakfast, bought locally and mostly organic, was served at the westbound B-Line stop.

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