Active Transportation Policy Council

The mandate of the Active Transportation Policy Council is to advise City Council on strategic priorities relating to walking, cycling, public transit and all active transportation modes in Vancouver.

Terms of reference

Policy advice

The Policy Council:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the Policy Council by Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the Policy Council
  • The Transportation 2020 and Active Transportation Master Plan as they are developed, implemented and updated 

Collaboration

The Policy Council:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The Policy Council:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Planning and reporting

The Policy Council:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for
    information
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the Policy Council has responded

Subcommittees

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, BEST, and other local and regional cycling and walking organizations are encouraged to attend subcommittee meetings, which meet a minimum of four times per year.

Active Transportation Projects Subcommittee

Provides advice to staff on priority walking and cycling and other active transportation projects. The Manager of Active Transportation will determine priority infrastructure and development projects for subcommittee input.

Active Transportation Promotion and Partnerships Subcommittee

Provides advice to staff on the education, outreach, and promotion of active transportation modes, as well as on partnership opportunities.

Subcommittee membership

The policy council may appoint a reasonable number of subcommittees to assist with its projects. Membership may include persons willing to serve who are not members of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee.

Subcommittees will each consist of up to 10 members, with a quorum of four policy council members. Optional membership on a subcommittee requires approximately a 2-hour time commitment every other month. Members are not required to be policy council members, but participation must be approved by the Active Transportation Policy Council.

Subcommittee meetings will not have administrative support from the City Clerk’s office. City staff will take summary notes to document input from subcommittee meetings that will be provided to members.

Meeting frequency

The policy council will generally meet, either formally or informally, on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Business Centre, Second Floor, City Hall.

Five of the meetings (listed in the Documents tab) will be formal meetings with administrative support from the City Clerk's Office.

Time commitment

Policy council meetings will last up to 2½ hours. A minimum of one to two additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, networking, and promotion. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

Member may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the policy council. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

Membership

Committe members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

The policy council is composed of 15 voting members (8 is quorum) from the following active transportation areas (five members from each area):

  • Cycling
  • Pedestrian
  • Public Transit 

Committee members appointed in 2015 will serve until February 28, 2017.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

Current appointments have been extended until new members are appointed in early 2015.

  • Dean Alexander
  • Joan Andersen
  • Graham Anderson
  • John Calimente
  • Eugene Chin
  • Jeff Cole
  • Sarah FioRito 
  • Debbie Forbes
  • Penny Harowitz
  • Tom Lancaster
  • Tanya Paz, Chair
  • Lisa Slakov
  • Adam Vasilevich
  • John Whistler
  • Meghan Winters, Vice-Chair

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
  • Park Board: Commissioner Constance Barnes
  • School Board: Trustee Rob Wynen
  • Vancouver Police Department: Constable Pat Allen 
  • TransLink: to be determined
  • City of Vancouver Planning Department: to be determined 
  • Staff: Dale Bracewell, Active Transportation

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
Dates to be announced

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 26, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2014  Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2014  Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 20, 2013  Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2013  Agenda Minutes
June 19, 2013  Agenda Minutes
October 16, 2013  Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 18, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 16, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 20, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 19, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 21, 2012 Agenda Minutes

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More ways to contact us

Contact the Active Transportation Policy Council

Contact the Council appointed members of the Active Transportation Policy Council by emailing atpc@vancouver.ca.

 

For all other enquiries, please use the City’s 3-1-1 service described above.

Staff Contacts
Dale Bracewell
Manager, Active Transportation
Phone: 604.871.6440
dale.bracewell@vancouver.ca

Lynn Guilbault
Project Manager, Stakeholder & Community Relations, Active Transportation
Phone: 604.871.7437
lynn.guilbault@vancouver.ca

Meeting Coordinator
Lori Isfeld, City Clerk's Office
Phone: 604-871-6355
lori.isfeld@vancouver.ca

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb)

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Greenways for walking and cycling

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