Boards and Commissions - Bicycle Advisory Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) [Proposed] – a standing committee of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB)
Bicycling Vision for Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City endeavors to become a Great American Bicycling City by integrating bicycling in the fabric of the city through creating and planning infrastructure, programs, and policies for road and hard surfaced bicycling, off-road and soft surfaced bicycling, and community and economic development.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee exists to support this vision by advising the Transportation Division, other Divisions and Departments of the City, the Mayor’s Office and City Council as requested, the Transportation Advisory Board, and other boards and commissions on matters relating to bicycling in Salt Lake City.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meets monthly to review projects of interest to bicyclists and discuss bicycling issues. The committee advises Salt Lake City on bicycle-related matters. These include but are not limited to: infrastructure development and design; public education and safety; public involvement and input; on and off-road recreation; community and economic development; sustainability; bicycling trails, parks, and pathways; bicycling-related amenities and events; the City’s multi-modal and bicycle-focused plans and policies; and the activities of other jurisdictions as they affect bicycling in Salt Lake City.
Mission of the Committee
The mission of the BAC is to promote, enhance, preserve and, where necessary, restore physical, social, political and economic environments in which bicycling is recognized as an essential element of a clean, healthy, and vital community.
Roles and Duties
- Work with the TAB to integrate the needs of bicyclists into multi-modal transportation projects and policies, and to forward recommendations of the BAC through the formal City process.
- Provide recommendations to TAB, Transportation Division on bicycle-related and multi-modal Capital Improvement Projects and programs and provide yearly input on funding priorities.
- Provide recommendations to other City Divisions, Departments, and Offices on bicycling related matters.
- Advise and provide input on updates of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, and resulting implementation.
- Provide a venue for public input and help act as eyes and ears for issues pertaining to bicycling in Salt Lake City.
- Serve as a coordination body and resource for organizations and individuals interested in bicycling issues affecting the City.
- Promote public education of bicycle issues affecting the City and its residents and visitors.
- Maintain relationships with bicycle advisory and advocacy groups within the region, including Bike Utah, the Bike Collective, BACs or equivalent of other jurisdictions, and other groups as appropriate. Representatives from these organizations may serve on the BAC if they meet the other membership requirements. Consult with and seek input from these groups as appropriate.
- Work together with Transportation Division and Salt Lake City staff toward the goal of becoming a Great American Bicycling City and a nationally recognized Diamond-level Bicycle Friendly Community.
- Advise and provide input on policy, management, master plans, operations & maintenance, design standards, sustainability initiatives, development plans, rules, regulations, and ordinances related to bicycling.
- Participate in discussions and advise on issues related to bicycling with other City boards and commissions, such as, but not limited to, the Parks, Natural Lands, Trails, and Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Business Advisory Board, and the Planning Commission, as requested or deemed appropriate.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee may be comprised of up to 13 members. Members should reflect geographic, professional, cultural, economic, gender, and neighborhood/community diversity. Members should represent a cross-section of the following bicycling interests: commuting, road/racing, recreation, fitness, mountain biking, cyclocross, bike culture, low income advocacy groups, bicycle retail and industry, bike messengers, commercial bicycle tours or rentals, non-profit education or advocacy, health, school district, economic development, sustainability, families, children, seniors, special needs, and institutions of higher learning.
Ideally members should live, work, or attend school within Salt Lake City; no more than four members may live outside the City. Members who are not residents of Salt Lake City will be expected to serve as liaisons with their local jurisdiction or organization.
Applicants should have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation, health, fitness and recreation, have good interpersonal skills for working on a committee, and make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and otherwise participate in the work of the committee.
Members will typically serve three-year terms. In the first year of the committee (2013), half of the members will be appointed to a two-year term to ensure that complete turn-over does not occur during initial years of the committee. Members shall be limited to two consecutive three-year terms each.
The restructured Bicycle Advisory Committee is taking applications for its initial membership in Winter 2013.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by the extended deadline of Thursday February 14, 2013. Initial interest in the committee has been good. Applications beyond that date are welcomed and will be kept on hand for reference when vacancies occur and terms expire.
To apply, submit an on-line or hard copy application to the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.
Staff and Officers
Officers will be elected from within the Committee to the offices of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. The Secretary will assist with minutes and records. The Vice Chair shall also serve as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board.
Bylaws & Governing Documents
The Bicycle Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB).
Further details of roles and procedures is available here. The Committee may choose to develop Bylaws once in place.