Lost your way on the streets of Vancouver? Need assistance crossing the road with your handicapped grandfather? Not sure where to find the nearest public restroom? Never fear — just look for the guys (and gals) in the bright red shirts. They’re the Vancouver Downtown Ambassadors, and they’re here to help you.
Equipped with cell phones, first aid kits, digital cameras, maps, and more, the Ambassadors bike and hike the streets of Vancouver on a daily basis, ready to aid persons in distress and to address “quality of life” issues like litter and panhandling. They are also charged with monitoring and deterring criminal activity on public property, from graffiti to illegal parking. The Ambassadors even partner with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia by carrying handheld Casio computers, which track stolen vehicles, and in this way have recovered 5 – 10 stolen autos each month!