Vancouver Council & Park Board Voting Records

September 9, 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.

 

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.

  • Two council members consistently voted in favour of all motions to improve conditions for people biking: Christine Boyle and Michael Wiebe.
  • Two members voted in favour of all but one: Kennedy Stewart and Pete Fry.
  • Two members voted against two motions: Lisa Dominato and Adriane Carr.
  • Five members voted against 3 to 5 motions: Sarah Kirby-Yung (3), Jean Swanson (3), Rebecca Bligh (4), Melissa de Genova (4), Colleen Hardwick (5).

 

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

 

Political Parties

  • Council members running for OneCity, Green Party, and Forward Together were consistently more likely to vote in favour of bike friendly motions.
  • Council members running for TEAM, NPA and COPE were more likely to vote against bike friendly motions.
  • Council members running for ABC had a mixed record on bike friendly motions.
  • Four council members were present for all bike-related votes: Christine Boyle, Lisa Dominato, Adriane Carr, and Michael Wiebe. The other seven council members were absent for at least one of these votes.

 

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