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									Manitoba Cycling Association: Recreation and Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes

Manitoba Cycling Association Recreation and Transportation meeting minutes November 16, 2004 Attendees: Dawn Nedohin-Macek, Julian Nedohin-Macek, Tim Hunt, Ian Hall, Rob Cosco, David Petz, Kim Marr, Kris Bailes, Gareth Simons, Serge LaRochelle, Gene Senior, Barré Hall, Jon Benson, Laura Braun Regrets: Michelle Kralt, Kevin Miller Called to order at 5:30pm by Julian Nedohin-Macek, VP of R&T. 1. Approval of Agenda with additional items: a. Add MCA Web site b. RCM Letter of recommendation Tim Hunt /Gene Senior - carried Round table introductions were made. 2. Approval of October 7 meeting minutes Serge/Rob - carried 3. Manitoba Recreational Trails Association (MRTA) Representative Report – Tim Hunt a. Nothing from MRTA or Winnipeg Trails Association b. Link expected at “406 Glasgow” will be ½ way up bank to increase usability. Property was purchased by the city of Winnipeg to facilitate this. 4. Winnipeg Cycle Touring Club (WCTC) MCA Representative – Barré Hall a. Report provided to President on postcard initiative and Rivers West Trailblazing program at last WCTC meeting. b. Barré was reelected to position c. Executive has changed, new energy, lots of young people. 5. Active Transportation Steering Committee report – Julian Nedohin-Macek a. Met on Nov 2. Currently looking at existing and proposed facilities within Winnipeg. A summary of draft proposals was distributed as well as draft of Active Transportation facilities studied. b. Comments welcome – please give them to Julian c. Request “viewing” of report through Julian, as it is not public. d. Report is update to 1993 Bicycle Facilities Study.

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e. Funding plan includes up to half million dollars for all types of transportation, including cycling, rollerblading, walking, etc. up to 2009. f. Recommendations are planned to be “Showcase” pieces which can be linked together and are manageable. I.e. finishing diamond lane from Osbourne down Pembina. g. Report is due out mid-December or early January. 6. Postcards Report – Rob Cosco a. “Postcard”s were reviewed in principle i. Distributed cards which people could pick up and send to their local politician. ii. Message to be changed, as people assumed it was a “one time only” issue. b. Email sent out and comments made to refine new postcard. c. Everyone is welcome to join Postcard committee. d. Gord McGonigal is interested in broadening postcard campaign into full lobbying effort focusing on civic next election. e. Media campaign suggested by Ian Hall, and Rob Cosco is interested in pursuing. i. Press releases are currently sent out. ii. Tie to plans like “Plan Winnipeg” to give measures to the postcard campaign 7. Manitoba Floodway Expansion Authority (MFEA) Report – Julian NedohinMacek a. Follow up to Trails Workshop November 17 at Explore Manitoba at the Forks at 3:30pm. b. Not a lot of cycling representation, approximately 10% of attendees, Julian requests more attendees to help promote cycling. Contact him for further details. 8. Pembina Diamond lane / Arterial diamond lane idea discussion a. Should we lobby for just Pembina or all arterial roads? i. KB commented that R&T should lobby. ii. Gareth Simons commented we should give list of options in priority order. He also commented that since diamond lanes on Pembina was a crucial aspect of the BRT project, the city cannot back out of the diamond lane proposal, since they have already proposed it. iii. Ian Hall requested comments on what the current plan is. Julian responded that we sit on Active Transportation committee, MFEA, talk to politicians, BRT effort, etc. Julian suggested that individual letters carry more weight than lobbying effort.

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iv. Julian suggests lobby effort be made before Active Transport report, to increase priority of diamond lanes in report. v. TH agreed with Julian that we push for whatever we can get as soon as we can, instead of waiting for a committee to recommend something in the future, by whatever method possible. vi. Serge confirmed that BRT will be delayed and that Active Transportation study was not linked to it and is operating independently. vii. TH confirmed that the Fort Rouge city property has been sold for condos, not the CN line itself. viii. KB mentioned that the remaining CN line as a trail would be an excellent idea, eliminating the bus/bike fight on diamond lanes. ix. RC mentioned that there is a possibility that the land still be used for cycling, leaving room for BRT. x. G. Senior mentioned finances – it’s cheaper to paint lines than put in a trail. In short term, it is good idea to push for diamond lanes, then to look at trail as long term plan. xi. KB mentioned an alternative would be to connect parallel routes along Pembina using paths. TH commented that trails committees are attempting this but it is very slow and expensive. xii. DN commented that putting diamond lanes would be great advertisement and education to driving public that cyclists have the right to the road too. xiii. Action: Kris Bailes and Gareth Simons volunteered to head up a sub-committee to lobby for diamond lanes along Pembina Highway. Jon Benson also volunteered. Julian requested that they post to the listserv and the sub committee will report back to R&T. 9. Share the Road license plate initiative a. Gene commented that the plan was for “Share the Roadway” signs, and out of this Al Hutchings had idea for MB license plate with “Share the Roadway” logo or design. Gene commented that in Ontario you can get professional sports team plates. b. Tim Hunt commented that this would be a great idea, even if plate sales do not go towards MCA/R&T. c. Barré Hall indicated his support. d. General consensus was that they would be a good idea. e. David Petz commented that it took 3 years to get veterans plate. f. Rob Cosco asked about bumper stickers as an alternative.

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g. Julian confirmed that “Share the Road” signage will be done by the city to replace the “bicycle route” sign. “Bicycle route” signs will be moved to quieter streets. h. Laura Braun mentioned clear static stickers for car windows might be an option. i. Action: Gene Senior has volunteered to follow up and report back to R&T on what is required to have license plate, bumper stickers or clear static stickers for windows with the same logo as “Share the Road.”

10. New Business a. MCA Web Site – Dawn Nedohin-Macek i. Minutes to be posted to web site. ii. Agenda and notice to be posted. b. Resource Conservation Manitoba letter of recommendation - Julian i. Letter of recommendation required to assist with funding by noon tomorrow. ii. Moved by Tim Hunt, Seconded by Laura – carried 11. Next meeting: December 7, 2004 at 6:00 pm followed by postcard meeting Adjournment motioned by Gene Senior. Meeting adjourned at 6:51pm.

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