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 related to all modes of active transportation
  • 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 2040 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 coordinating 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

BEST, HUB, and other local and regional active transportation organizations are encouraged to attend subcommittee meetings, which meet a minimum of four times a 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

Committee 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) representing the following active transportation areas:

  • Pedestrian
  • Cycling
  • Skateboarding/Inline Skating
  • Transit 

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

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

Current members for the 2015 to 2017 term are as follows:

  • Dean Alexander
  • Joan Andersen
  • Benjamin Bolliger
  • Veronika Bylicki
  • Eugene Chin
  • Lisa Corriveau
  • Paul Dragan
  • Peggy Harowitz
  • Amelia Huang
  • Molly Millar, Vice-Chair
  • Shan Parmar
  • Tanya Paz, Chair
  • Lisa Slakov
  • Adam Vasilevich

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
  • City Council: Councillor Geoff Meggs 
  • Park Board: Commissioner John Coupar
  • School Board: Trustee Janet Fraser 
  • Vancouver Police Department: Constable Alana Blackadar
  • Staff: Dale Bracewell, Active Transportation

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

All regular meetings are open to the public.

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.

Meetings take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

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Find and contact us

Contact the Active Transportation Policy Council

atpcenquiries@vancouver.ca 

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: 604.871.6437

lynn.guilbault@vancouver.ca

Meeting coordinator

Lori Isfeld

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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