TriCities Committee Priorities For 2020

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The following Action Plan consists of three committee priorities, listed in no particular order of importance. Each priority includes a “Summary” section that describes what it is and why it’s important. Each priority also has a “Measuring completion” section that describes what we consider completion of that priority for the year, and appoints a point person.

Contents

Priority 1. Improve our relationships with municipalities.

Summary

HUB’s local committees have the potential to build positive and meaningful relationships with local governments. It’s much easier for us to make this happen locally than it would be for someone from Vancouver who would have to cover the entire GVA at once. Let’s make sure we are making use of this potential. 2019 was a great year for our relationship with Port Moody staff. Let’s keep this going while focusing on similar improvements with Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam.

Measuring completion

Goal: Invite representatives of PoCo and Coq staff to a meeting in 2020. Maintain relationship with Port Moody government and staff. Option/ stretch goal: Let's see them at a meeting too. Continue to provide input in Port Moody Transportation Committee meetings.

Poco TBD
Coquitlam Done: Richard Stewart came to a meeting
PoMo TBD/ optional


PoCo lead: TBD

Coquitlam lead: Scott Shirley

PoMo co-leads: Andrew and Scott

Let’s also try and get some contact with BeAn staff.

BeAn lead: Colleen

Goal: For each of our Top Five gaps, write 1 letter OR do 1 meeting OR get one article published.

Pitt River Bridge to Coquitlam Center/ Lincoln Station, PoCo/ Coquitlam TBD
Coquitlam Central Station to Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam TBD
Clarke Road, Port Moody Done, by Andrew and Scott in PoMo Transportation Committee
Guildford Way, Coquitlam Done (todo link to letter)
Braid Station to Port Mann Bridge Done (todo link to letter)

Priority 2. Improve committee focus.

Summary

As a committee, we have lots of energy and ideas. Seeing that translate into actual visible change keeps us all going. Let’s try to structure our group and our activity so that our efforts have maximum results.

Measuring completion

Improve meeting structure to bolster our collective “long-term memory”. We are pretty good at getting through a meeting agenda in a focused way but tend not to be as good at keeping track of longer-term work items.

Read mission statement at the beginning and end of every meeting.

Review top five gaps at the beginning of every meeting.

Review Action Plan priorities at the beginning of every meeting.

All meeting agendas should have links to our Gap List and Action Plan

Improve onboarding of new members

Have a wiki page to email new members

Links to Gap List, Action Plan

Write a short article on bike advocacy in the Tri-Cities HUB wiki page, covering the following questions and whatever else seems appropriate.

What is HUB? What is a local committee? Who’s involved in making decisions about bike infrastructure around here? 3 municipalities (list of key politicians and staff) MOTI Metro Vancouver (runs Colony Farm Parks) And don’t forget BeAn

Point person: Andrew Hartline

Priority 3. Improve visibility of our committee in the community.

Summary

Our effectiveness as advocates is multiplied if we can reach people in the community who resonate with our message. Let’s try and improve our visibility within the wider community, including both enthusiasts (commuters, racers, tourers, randonneurs), and the far bigger population of “not particularly bikey, but interested” people out there.

Measuring completion

Let’s advertise our meetings in the Tri-City News. Let’s try to get ourselves and our perspectives as cycling advocates into the Tri-City News. Let’s maintain a presence at community events such as the Port Moody Community Fair, Coquitlam’s Festival du Bois, and the Port Coquitlam Rivers and Trails Festival. Booth SubCommittee should look at whether we can update our booth swag and activities. Is there something we can add to increase the engagement and impact of our booths at community fairs? Let’s reach out to local cycling organizations and see whether representatives are interested in coming to a meeting. Tri-Cities Cycling, BVC, Escape Velocity, BC Randonneurs? Let’s use connections with these organizations to drum up citizen support for city cycling initiatives. People who don’t want cycling infrastructure in their backyard are good at getting others to contact City representatives, and we should be good at it too. Point person/ people: TBD

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