TriCities Committee Priorities For 2021
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.
Improve our relationships with municipalities and decision-makers
HUB’s local committees have the potential to build positive and meaningful relationships with local governments, as well as other decision-makers such as Metro Parks and developers. It’s much easier for us to make this happen locally than it would be for someone from Vancouver who has to to cover the entire GVA at once. Let’s make sure we are making use of this potential.
Measuring completion/ point people
- Maintain relationships with PoCo and Coquitlam government and staff.
- Goal: Have a meeting with representatives of PoCo, Port Moody and Coq staff in 2021. This can be a coffee meeting or at an official committee meeting.
- Smaller goal: Have email correspondence with Belcarra and Anmore representatives.
PoCo lead: Andrew Coquitlam lead: Vince Port Moody lead: Andrew BeAn lead: Colleen
- Goal: For each of our Top Six gaps, write 1 letter OR do 1 meeting OR get one article published in the Tri-City News
- Pitt River Bridge to Coquitlam Center/ Lincoln Station, PoCo/ Coquitlam: Helen B, pursuant to a meeting with Port Coquitlam
- Coquitlam Central Station to Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam: Leon
- Clarke Road, Port Moody: Andrew
- Guildford Way, Coquitlam: Vince
- Braid Station to Port Mann Bridge: Vince
- April Road to White Pine Beach, Port Moody: Colleen
Improve committee focus.
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.
- 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 six gaps at the beginning of every meeting.
- Review Action Plan priorities at the beginning of every meeting.
- Clearly keep track of what Action Plan priorities to do “this month”.[a]
- 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
Improve integration of our committee with the community.
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 who are the focus of HUB’s mission to get more people cycling more often.
- Let’s use Dragana’s app to keep track of citizens’ cycling concerns. Point person: Dragana
- Let’s advertise our meetings in the Tri-City News. Point person: Helen
- Figure out how to advertise our meetings.
- Let’s try to get ourselves and our perspectives as cycling advocates into the Tri-City News. Point person: Colleen
- Caution! Let’s be careful not to duplicate or sabotage existing efforts.
- 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 as they come back on-line.
- 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 consider reaching out to local cycling organizations and see whether representatives are interested in coming to a meeting.
- Tri-Cities Cycling
- 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.