Lucky enough to secure tickets in Whistler? Make sure to get your Olympic Bus Network ticket on November 30th

Travel Smart Olympics
The City of Vancouver has launched a website to provide information all kinds of travel information including increases to public transit, road closures and travel in the Sea to Sky region. Of most interest to residents will be the Vancouver Residents & Business section. If you have purchased tickets to competitions at Cypress and Whistler venues the best way to travel will be on the Olympic Bus Network. But you MUST have a reservation and tickets go on sale on November 30th. Departures hubs with parking will be located at BCIT, Capilano University, SFU and Langara College. There will also be a departure hub at Lonsdale Quay but there will be no spectator parking available. The Olympic Bus Network service is not included with an event ticket. Round trip fare to Cypress is $12 until January 3rd, the fare will increase to $24 as of January 4th. Round trip fare to Whistler is $25 until January 3rd, the fare will increase to $50 as of January 4th. Only Olympic event ticket holders may reserve seats on the Olympic bus network.

Live City Spending in Vancouver
You may have noticed that site preparation is now underway at both the LiveCity Yaletown and LiveCity Downtown sites. The total budget for the sites is $18 million. The City of Vancouver is providing $5 million in funding from the Olympic Legacy Fund (funding was approved Vancouver City Council in 2007). The Government of Canada has contributed $10 million to the LiveCity Vancouver project, with the remaining being raised through sponsorships and licensing agreements.

Light Art Over the Water
Starting on February 4th, robotic searchlights will create a canopy display of light in the night sky above English Bay. The artwork, entitled ‘Vectorial Elevation’ will feature designs created by people around the world and will be delivered worldwide via the Internet. This is the first time that the internationally celebrated work of art will be displayed in Canada and over a body of water. The 10,000-watt lights will move and create patterns from locations in Vanier Park and Sunset Beach that cover an area of 100,000 square meters and will be visible within 15 kms of the downtown core.

What’s on This Week
Monday, November 20th marked the first time the Robson Square ice rink has seen activity since 2000, thanks to a Vancouver 2010 Winter Games partnership between GE and the Province of British Columbia. The GE Plaza will be the focus of holiday activities prior to the Games, and home to performances and events during the Games. The Plaza will be open for free public skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (as long as no events are booked) with skate rentals available on-site for a cost of $3.00 each.

Coming Up Next Week
Pulse to the Podium comes to the False Creek Community Center. Learn more about the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, try a winter sport on Nintendo Wii, play some winter sport themed carnival games or make a medal and pose on the podium from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday, November 29th.

Interesting – The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch has gone out a dozen times so far…luckily there is always a back-up flame in the security vehicle and 2 more close behind that were all lit in Olympia, Greece. So far 3,000 torches have been lit and burned so far.