Active Transportation Policy Council

The Active Transportation Policy Council advises City Council on strategic priorities on all active transportation in Vancouver (which includes walking, cycling, and all non-motorized modes of transportation).

Terms of reference

The Policy Council advises Council and staff on:

  • Strategic priorities relating to active transportation directions, policies, and guidelines
  • The Transportation Plan and Active Transportation Master Plan as they are developed, implemented, and updated

The Policy Council advises staff on:

  • The education and promotion of active transportation modes, as well as on partnership opportunities


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.


The policy council is composed of 15 voting members. The Chair is selected by the members at the policy council's first meeting for the Council term.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.


Terms expire 7 December 2014

  • 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


  • 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

2014 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
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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Contact the Active Transportation Policy Council

Contact the Council appointed members of the Active Transportation Policy Council by emailing


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Staff contact
Dale Bracewell
Manager, Active Transportation

Phone: 604.871.6440

Meeting Coordinator
Lori Isfeld

Phone: 604-871-6355

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)

People-powered transportation in Vancouver

Greenways for walking and cycling

The City designs and builds safe, nature-rich paths that encourage you to explore Vancouver without using your car through the Greenways program.

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