Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian advisory committee

Oregon Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on September 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 pm

“The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

At the meeting, committee members will have an opportuning to meet Assistant Director Cooper Brown and talk about opportunities for OBPAC collaboration. They will have a chance to talk with DMV Administrator Amy Joyce about pedestrian and bicycle safety programs. Also on the agenda are discussions and updates on several different bicycle and pedestrian funding programs.

Remote participation options are listed in the agenda.

Meetings of the OBPAC are open to the public. Public comments are welcome during the public comment portion of the agenda. You may submit a comment in advance to obpac@odot.state.or.us.

Accommodations will be provided to people with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email OBPAC@odot.state.or.us, call the Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Manager at 503-910-7178, or call statewide relay at 7-1-1 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed.”

State of Oregon bike/ped advisory committee looking for two new members

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 24th, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Oregon capitol building.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re looking for a great way to get more involved in advocacy on a statewide level, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (“ahb-pack”) has started recruitment for two openings to their 8-member group.

The OBPAC was created in 1973 after the passage of the “Bike Bill” to create more public oversight of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Originally known as the “Oregon Bicycle Committee,” the group expanded to recognize walkers in 1995. Since then it has played an important role in keeping ODOT accountable for their active transportation investments.

Here’s the recruitment blurb currently swirling around:[Read more…]

State bike/walk advisory committee seeks two new members

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 13th, 2017 at 11:05 am

With a new transportation bill in the books, this is an important time to get engaged and influence where the money goes.

Check out the press release below for info on two openings on the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (or OBPAC as the wonks say):

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking two new members: one local government/land use planning member and one at-large member. The eight-member volunteer 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.

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.

Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. The committee meets up to six times per year, with several of those meetings in locations outside of the Salem area; travel expenses are reimbursed. Upcoming work items include input on the new Safe Routes to School program, ODOT’s Active Transportation Section, and the department’s multimodal policies. Interest forms are available online.

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

Guest article: ODOT bike/walk committee seeks new student member

Avatar by on September 16th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Daniel Ronan, outgoing student
member of the Oregon
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Advisory Committee.
(Photo courtesy Daniel Ronan)

This article was written by contributor Daniel Ronan

Over the past four years, substantive changes have happened at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Through the pages of BikePortland, active transportation advocates have had the opportunity to view larger organizational changes such as the creation of ODOT’s Active Transportation Section and, more recently, the agency’s response to pavement on the shoulders of Highway 101. From my vantage point as the student member of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC), I’ve witnessed these changes as the committee’s youngest member.

While this transition is far from complete, ODOT has made bold steps as it seeks to reshape its identity from “the highway department” to a truly multi-modal agency. To continue this momentum, it’s vital that OBPAC has the perspective of a young, student member — and as I leave my position there’s a great opportunity for a new student to step up. [Read more…]

New leadership, membership for ODOT’s bicycle advisory committee

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 29th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Bike Summit Lobby Day-13

Jenna Stanke is now
chair of the committee.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s eight member, governor-appointed Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) has four new members and a new leader at its helm. ODOT put out the call for new members back in January and announced their selections today.

The four new members are: Susan Peithman, formerly an advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) who now works as research and program administrator for the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) at Portland State University; Evan MacKenzie, a city planner from Pendleton who is also an avid bike racer; Jeff Monson the executive director of Commute Options, an organization that promotes biking, walking and transit in Bend; and Salem resident Kenji Sugahara, executive director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA).[Read more…]