Meeting Summary: June 9, 2016

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  1. Attendance: Guest: Melissa Chaun, Peter S (Chair), Fiona, Brian, Dianne, Nelson, Erica, Fred, Don, Antje, Giacomo, Paul and newcomers Krista (cycles to VGH) & Mike (cycles to BCIT)
  2. Summer monthly meeting break
    • It was decided to continue with regular monthly meetings on 14 July and 11 August.
  3. Review of recent events
    • Gleneagles on 28 May – not many attended, due to weather, but we obtained 1 new member.
    • MEC on 28 May – only 20-40 people due to weather with 3 new memberships.
    • Bike day in Canada on 30 May – 20+ folks on 3 km and 10 km rides rides including City mayor/City and District councillors & N Van MLA. The rodeo only had a couple of kids.
    • BTWW station at north end of the Lions Gate Bridge on 1 June 4-6 pm
      • Peter counted 394, 110 going to Vancouver and 61 stopped at the station.
      • DWV sponsored it but HUB ran it.
    • BTWW station at north end of 2nd narrows bridge on 2 June 4-6 pm
      • 300+ cyclists, ~130 stopped including MLA Jane Thornthwaite.
      • Obsession Bikes had a repair station.
      • No new memberships were obtained.
      • Space was crowded with room for only 2 tents unless setup could in future be further back from sidewalk.
      • More signage or balloon upstream on the bridge would help to advertise the station.
    • BTWW station at 14th and Argyle in West Vancouver on 2 June 4:30-6:30 pm
      • Emily Willowbee was there as the DWV sponsor.
      • Different Bikes had a repair station.
  4. Review and planning for upcoming events:
    • Lynn Valley Days (18 June)
      • We will have our tent with the following volunteers: Don 10-2, Nelson 10-1, and Fred 2-4
    • Canada Day in North Van (1 July)
      • We need some ideas for stickers e.g. 10 reasons to ride - Erika can help with sticker quotes & artwork.
      • Don volunteered to register for parade & booth.
    • It was decided to skip Caribbean days & the Harmony Arts Festival in west Van.
    • Car Free day (13-14 Aug)
      • Don will get us registered.
      • We should try to get a location near the bike rodeo & Obsession Bikes.
    • E.V. Bike to shop day is on 13 Aug.
    • It was decided to skip Caribbean days & the Harmony Arts Festival in West Van.
    • FraserFEST 28-Aug
      • Melissa, Chaun ( - 604-949-0045) Events Coordinator for the Rivershed Society of BC ( briefed us on the event.
      • There will be a group ride from Vanier park over 2nd narrows to a First Nations event at Ambleside park and then back to Vanier Park back via 1st narrows.
      • The proposed Burrard Loop map can be found on Google Maps at:
      • They will need 6 guides/sweeps for 44km ride.
      • We suggested offering a shorter "loop" as well, counterclockwise, to Ambleside and back, perhaps using different routes through Stanley Park;
      • We also recommended pre-registration for the group ride(s).
      • Melissa said that she would be most grateful to keep the information and brainstorming flowing to facilitate a potential partnership with us.
  5. Municipalities
    • CNV Update
      • We have requested an update on Spirit Trail bridge/tunnel but the mayor told us on Bike Day in Canada that engineering plans have been started.
      • There are no updates on East & West Keith plans following recent public consultations which included our formal input.
    • DNV & MOTI Update
      • Lower Lynn Interchanges - We will be meeting on 30 June with the three North Shore MLAs to discuss plans for the major interchange construction.
      • Also discussed will be the possibility of a bike highway between Mtn-Hwy & 2nd Narrows.
      • Iron workers Memorial Bridge directional signage is needed to reinforce uni-directional travel by cyclists.
      • We know there will be new bike lanes on Capilano Road but we need to investigate implementation plans.
      • There are plans for a public bike repair station near Phibbs Exchange.
    • DWV Update
      • Spirit Trail Ambleside Extension is up for approval at Council on 13 June and Paul, Peter and Tony are planning to speak in support of the planned separated Spirit Trail.
      • Peter will be drafting a HUB letter on uphill bike lanes during roadwork on 15th and 21st Streets leading up to Hwy 1.
      • Peter will also investigate the possibility of a cycling infrastructure workshop to be given to DWV council and staff similar to the recent one to DNV.