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Bicycle Advisory Committee (help please)(7 posts)

Bicycle Advisory Committee (help please)rtyszko
Sep 24, 2002 1:01 PM
I am trying to solicit my town to have a bicycle advisory committee. Esentially I envision it being a committee made up of a variety of individuals who would help advocate and advise the City Council on bicycle related issues (road planning, urban trail access, etc.)

Has anyone ever served on one of these? If you were the local govt. what kinds of things would you feel were important to know regarding bicycle travel in and around a moderately large (80,000 people) town?

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.

re: Bicycle Advisory Committee (help please)Scot_Gore
Sep 24, 2002 2:12 PM

We have several in my community.

The largest, best known, and most successful (others may argue this) is the Minnesota State Bicycle Advisory Committee. They are directly connected with the Minn State Dept. of Transportation. Here's information directly off their web page about the composition of the membership
"The Committee is made up of citizen representatives representing each Department of Transportation district in the state and agency representatives from Minnesota state government agencies involved with bicycling. To contact one of us, click one of the buttons below"
Their web site is:

We have others around as well (and I'm less familiar with them). Here's a list and the things I know.

Minnesota Bicycle & Pedestrian Alliance
This one I have always thought of as the City of St. Paul's Bicycle Citizens group. (might just be my impression)

"Chain Gang"
Affiliated with the twin cities metro council which tries to plan growth and resources for the multiple communities that compose the twin cities metro area. (they run the metro bus system for one thing). Chain Gang is the bike commuter advocacy groups.

Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists
Found this while searching but I don't know these guys

There's also been a couple of successful citizens groups formed around specific trails. Check out:
and I can't find their site but look for Friends of the Cannon Valley Trail.

Hope this helps.

and alsoScot_Gore
Sep 24, 2002 2:52 PM
Re-reading my post it dosn't really have a conclusion, so I'll try again. Most of the above organizations have a central core mission. They may branch out from the core mission from time to time, but the core is what keeps the energy and enthusiam going in the groups.

For example:
Minnesota State Bicycle Advisory Committee core is to make sure that bicycles are considered in all state funded transportation projects.

Chain Gang's core is metro area bike commuting. Trails to Fargo ND is not their deal.

Midtown Greenway core is advocating for a specific span of pavement running from point A to point B.

I think if a group tried to be all things to all cyclists it would flounder. If you want a group to thrive, I'd pick a nitch market of advocacy and try to build some momentum around it.

The groups I highlight above are good examples to copy.

Contact these guys2300 Edmontonian
Sep 26, 2002 4:28 AM
I served with them for about 6 months when I was there 2 years ago.
They can help you IF you haven't already been helped,
Good LUCK!
Contact the LABKerry
Sep 24, 2002 4:22 PM
The League of American Bicyclists is the lead organization nationally on bicycle advocacy issues (you are a member, right?)., will have lots of stuff. Their phone number is 202-822-1333. They can put you in touch with all kinds of advocacy folks.
Be careful what you advocate...KEN2
Sep 25, 2002 7:33 AM
I don't agree with the message of LAB and I dropped my membership some time ago... their Bicycle Friendly Communities program and criteria are a joke, but a serious joke, to bicyclists. More bike lanes seem to be their answer to everything.

I serve on the Bicycle Mobility Task Force in my city (pop. 900,000), which advises the various transportation entities as well as (indirectly) the city council. It's very politicized, and very red-tape bureaucratic, but I still feel it's a chance to affect policy, even at a snail's pace.
What I'm thinking now that I've spoken to a few lbs.....rtyszko
Sep 26, 2002 8:56 AM
apparently there isn't much of a off-road trail access problem here in So. NH (which is good because primarily I'm a roadie). I'm hoping to have cyclists needs and views consulted when plannin important city "improvements." What didn't you like about the LAB, could you be more specific and tell me what types of things you worked towards implimenting?