Newswire: State Bike/Ped Advisory Committee seeks new member

Posted by on January 21st, 2016 at 2:12 pm

A spot has opened up on ODOT’s biking and walking advisory committee. Check out details below…

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a recently vacated position that represents the youth community. The committee was first formed by Oregon Statute 366.112, a bill passed in the 1973 Oregon Legislature. In 1995, the Oregon Transportation Commission officially recognized the committee’s additional role in pedestrian issues, and the group became the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC.

The eight-member committee, appointed by the governor, acts as a liaison between the public and the Oregon Department of Transportation. It advises ODOT in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the establishment of bikeways and walkways. Members serve four-year terms, and the makeup of the group must include:

– An employee of a unit of local government employed in land-use planning.
– A representative of a recognized environmental group.
– A person engaged in the business of selling or repairing bicycles.
– A member designated by the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council.
– At least one member under the age of 21 at the time of appointment (the current vacancy).
– Three members at large.

The committee meets up to six times per year, with several of those meetings in locations outside of the Salem area. Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. Travel expenses are reimbursed. Upcoming work items include implementation of the new Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Modal Plan, ConnectOregon VI grant application review, and input on the department’s new intermodal policies. Interest forms are available at: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.

For questions about the appointment process, contact Judge Kemp, (503) 378-2317, Judge.kemp@oregon.gov. For questions about the committee, contact Sheila Lyons, ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program manager, (503) 986-3555, sheila.a.lyons@odot.state.or.us.

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