ODOT seeks two new members of state bike/ped advisory committee

(Official announcement here)

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has two openings for people passionate about supporting active modes of travel. The committee is seeking a new youth/student member and a new at-large member to advise ODOT on bicycle and pedestrian issues across the state.

All Oregon residents are eligible to apply. To be eligible for the youth/student position, you must be under the age of 21 (at time of appointment to the committee). Appointments are non-binding, and appointees may serve a maximum of two 4-year terms. Appointees are eligible for a stipend and travel reimbursements for their service on the committee.

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC, strives to have committee representation that reflects the diverse geography, demographics, and abilities of everyone who walks, bikes, or rolls in Oregon. The committee encourages individuals with an interest or background in disability rights and accessibility, racial equity, climate justice, and active transportation to apply. OBPAC envisions Oregon as a state in which people of all identities, including age, income, race, and ability, can access destinations in urban and rural areas on comfortable, safe, and well-connected active transportation infrastructure.

TO APPLY

Complete the Advisory Committee Interest Form. This form is linked from our website.

Materials must be submitted before April 16, 2023 to be considered in the first review. OBPAC will invite selected candidates to participate in a Q & A session with committee members and staff prior to making a final recommendation to the Governor’s Office. Finalists will be asked to complete a full board/commission application in Workday.

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About the committee

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

As a member of the committee, you help inform policy and investment decisions to implement the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and improve conditions for people walking and biking throughout the state. The committee meets up to six times per year, with primarily virtual meetings held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the 4th Tuesday of odd months. The Committee also participates in one overnight travel meeting each year hosted in locations across the state. Committee members are reimbursed for travel expenses and paid per diem for meals. Committee members that are not reimbursed by an employer for their participation on the committee are also eligible for a cash stipend.

Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. Upcoming work items include advising on use of funding from the new federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, selecting projects for funding through the Oregon Community Paths grant program, and informing decisions related to the Safe Routes to School program, Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan implementation, urban design guidance updates, and other policies. OBPAC’s work plan and other background materials are available on the committee’s website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Get-Involved/Pages/OBPAC.aspx.

For questions about the committee, contact:

Jessica Horning, ODOT Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Manager, 503-910-7178obpac@odot.state.or.us

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