Vancouver Council & Park Board Voting Records

October 1, 2022

The Vancouver Local Committee scoured through Council and Parks Board votes to find out how incumbent councillors and commissioners voted on bike-related motions. With all incumbents except for Camil Dumont, Dave Demers and John Coupar from Park Board running again, it is important to know how they voted to make an informed decision at the polls, voting in bike-friendly councillors and parks board commissioners. In addition to voting records, we will also survey candidates across the region to determine their positions on active transportation and cycling, and have put together a Cycling Platform that candidates can endorse.

 

 

UPDATED: 

An error in our tabulation of the voting record data has resulted in inaccuracies for a few candidates. This has particularly affected Councillor Swanson, who was previously shown to have voted against 3 bike-friendly motions.

After correcting the data, voting records showed that Councillor Swanson voted in favour of all the motions related to bicycling, active transportation, and/or slow streets in the period from January 2019 to August 2022.

 

Vancouver City Council

 

Councillors

We identified 27 Council votes related to bicycling, active transportation, and/or slow streets in the period from January 2019 to August 2022. Two-thirds were passed unanimously, underscoring the importance of active transport to the citizens of Vancouver.

There were differences in voting patterns across council members and civic political parties.

  • Three council members consistently voted in favour of all motions to improve conditions for people biking: Christine Boyle, Jean Swanson, and Michael Wiebe.
  • One member voted in favour of all but one: Kennedy Stewart.
  • Five members voted against 2 or 3 motions: Adriane Carr (2), Lisa Dominato (2), Sarah Kirby-Yung (2), Pete Fry (3), and Rebecca Bligh (3).
  • Two members voted against 5 or 7 motions: Melissa de Genova (5), Colleen Hardwick (7).

 

See detailed chart of bike-related votes in council Jan 2019- Aug 2022

 

 

Political Parties

 

  • Most parties have only one incumbent candidate, so the voting record of the individual candidate is the record for the party.
  • The Green Party and ABC each have three incumbents running, and their candidates voted differently from each other, so once again, it is best to check the candidate record.
  • It’s also useful to see from which party the incumbents have moved (refer to Council Voting Record” chart) in order to get a sense of ongoing political affiliations.

 

Parks Board

We identified 12 Parks Board votes related to bicycling, green transport, micromobility, and slow speeds in the period from January 2019 to August 2022. Three were passed unanimously, but for the rest, there were differences in voting patterns across commisioners and these followed party lines.

 

Commissioners

 

  • One commissioner voted against bike friendliness in 8 motions: John Coupar.
  • One commissioner voted against bike friendliness in 9 motions: Tricia Barker.

 

Political Parties

 

  • Commissioners representing or running for COPE, the Green Party, and Vision Vancouver consistently voted in favour of bike friendly motions.
  • Commissioners representing the NPA and TEAM voted against almost all bike friendly motions.

 

See detailed chart of bike-related Parks Board votes Jan 2019- Aug 2022

 


 

HUB Cycling's 2022 Municipal Election Cycling Platform

We have developed a list of practical actions and policies – our Municipal Election Cycling Platform – that could be implemented in the next council term to help make cycling accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The platform focuses on four focus areas—land use, infrastructure, bold steps, and social equity.

Included in our platform are positions to:

  • Support sustainable land use plans and zoning, including densification and building complete communities where people can access all of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk or bike ride, including jobs, groceries, schools and services;
  • Support infrastructure projects that separate people on bikes from people travelling on foot and by car to improve safety for all users and remove conflict between different modes;
  • Support the piloting and expansion of bike share and e-bike share programs in urban centres; and
  • Prioritize the creation of active transportation infrastructure in neighbourhoods that have historically seen less investment, particularly in economically deprived areas. Low-income communities benefit from having more low-cost transportation options, especially as the cost of living increases.