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 


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
  • 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


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.


Following the recent municipal election on October 20, 2018, this advisory committee term ended. The current Council will decide on the establishment of advisory committees. Once Council has established advisory committees, volunteer opportunities will be posted on the City’s vacancies webpage. 


  • Staff: Lynn Guilbault, Active Transportation
  • Staff: Paul Storer, 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 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

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.

Resources for advisory committee members

People-powered transportation in Vancouver

Greenways for walking and cycling

We design and build safe, nature-rich paths that encourage you to explore Vancouver without using your car through the Greenways program.

Contact the Active Transportation Policy Council

Staff contacts

Paul Storer
Active Transportation

Phone: 604.873.7693

Lynn Guilbault
Project Manager
Stakeholder & Community Relations
Active Transportation

Phone: 604.871.6437

Meeting coordinator

Lori Isfeld

Phone: 604-871-6355