Meeting Summary: July 14, 2016

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  • Attendance:Guest: Nick Mani, Peter S, Tony (Chair), Dianne, Nelson, Erica, Fred, Don, Antje, Heather J, Rob, Imola
  • Minutes Review
    • Main items from the last meeting were the review of recent events and Melissa, Chaun, Events Coordinator for the Rivershed Society of BC talking to us about FraserFEST
  • Review of past and planning for upcoming events - FraserFEST
    • Lynn Valley Day was rained out but many came to our booth at North van City Canada Day.
    • Next year we should plan in advance to participate in the Canada Day parade.
    • Decided not to participate in Deep Cove days on 28 August or car free day in North Van due to the cost to enter a booth ($175 for a booth at car free day)
    • We will consider participating in the Coho Festival in West Vancouver on Sunday, 11 September at Ambleside Park.
    • Tony suggested that we consider organizing a passion bike event next summer (https://www.facebook.com/passionbikevalencia/) which is a family event at sunrise.
  • Webinar Updates
    • Nelson briefed the goup on the Biketoria webinar about the success of planning for and installing cycling infrastructure in Victoria.
    • Political will and community engagement were important factors contributing to the success.
    • 5 km of AAA bike lanes this year with plans for 20 more km by 2018.
    • SFU cities program put on a webinar – pulic health perspective
  • Municipalities
    • CNV Update (10 min)
      • Spirit Trail tunnel- engineering plans are underway.
      • East Keith and Grand Boulevard - construction was scheduled to begin in July, with completion expected in December, 2016.
      • Delegation to Council on AAA bike lanes - planned for October 3.
    • DNV Update
      • As a member of the DNV transportation committee, Nelson participated in the Maplewood Village stakeholder workshop which was the first stakeholder meeting - another is expected in October.
      • Fred went to a developer open house on the project which is planned to contain 180 suites and 280 parking spots as required in the bylaw.
      • We should see how it merges with Spirit Trial and bike master Plan.
      • DNV Public Library bike racks- Antje found out plan it is to put bike racks outside and three at Lynn Valley
      • DNV should follow TransLink bike rack guidelines
      • Antje informed the meeting about a potential greenway Blueridge to Parkgate where there is currently a hiking trail and a perimeter trail around the golf course.
      • On 30 June, Tony and Antje and Peter met with MLAs Yamamoto, Sultan and Thornthwaite about our proposed cycle highway alongside Hwy1 from Mountain Hwy exchange to IWMB.
      • They were very interested in the proposal and would follow up with MoTI staff.
      • Tony posted a map of the proposed route on wiki along with the prepared slide presentation on "Presentations to Government" reachable from the homepage.
    • DWV Update
      • Heather Johnston met with John Calimente on the planned route of the Spirit Trail in Horseshoe Bay with a two-way separated bike lanes on the east side of Royal Avenue.
      • We are not sure this is the best plan as it is downhill and could be dangerous.
      • Heather will meet again with John after the 25 July council meeting which will discuss the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape Plan which could impact the proposed route on royal Avenue.
      • A HUB letter suggesting uphill bike lanes on 15th and 21st Streets during planned repaving has been prepared and will be sent on 15 July.
    • Secure Automated Bicycle Parking Systems
      • Nick Mani, the CEO of Mazdis, presented some of these very space efficient and visually appealing parking systems.
      • He showed us some slides of the 35 and 54 rack units.
      • In response to our question about cost, he estimated that the smaller unit capable of storing 35 bicycles would cost about $40,000.
      • Nick said that these systems tend to attract more cyclists to locations where they are installed.
      • Nick can provide more information on these systems and how they differ from TransLink's current secure bike parkade.
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