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Bicycle Advocacy Position Announced

Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee has been a standing city committee since the early 1970s. Its purpose is to advise the Mayor, City Council and all city departments on all matters relating to bicycling for transportation and recreation.
Portland Seeking New Members for Bicycle Advisory Committee

Interested in knowing first-hand about issues affecting bicycling in Portland? Want to invest some time working to make Portland a better city for bicycling? Want to be in a position to officially advise City Council and city staff on matters relating to bicycling?

If yes, then consider applying to be a member of Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Portland's Bicycle Advisory Committee has been a standing city committee since the early 1970s. Its purpose is to advise the Mayor, City Council and all city departments on all matters relating to bicycling for transportation and recreation.

Committee members meet monthly to review and make recommendations on:
- planning documents affecting bicycling
- funding priorities for bicycle-related projects
- the activities of other jurisdictions that affect bicycling in Portland.

The committee is made of up 13 members with full standing, and up to five alternate members. Members are appointed to a 3-year term. To qualify, applicants must:
- Be an adult resident of the Portland Metropolitan area
- Have an interest in promoting the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation
- Make a commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in committee work

If you are interested, you will find the Bicycle Advisory Committee Job Description, Bylaws, and application form on-line at  http://www.portlandtransportation.org/bicycles/default.htm. You can also request an application and supporting materials from Roger Geller at 503.823.7671 or email him at
mailto: roger.geller@pdxtrans.org.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, July 2.
Has the PBPAC Changed? 25.May.2004 09:47

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It would be interesting and enlightening to describe some of the projects the Bicycle Advisory Committee was involved in promoting and implementing. I was a member of the committee some years ago and remember that, while the committee members were informed and dedicated, they were also frequently frustrated. I will never forgive Rex Burkholder (who was, at the time, NOT a volunteer on the committee but fronting for the newly-formed BTA) for shitting all over the committee when it was trying to accomplish things while wrestling with city, state, and federal red tape. Hopefully things have changed, but at one time this was a thankless volunteer job. The committee used to be called the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, but there was very little "Pedestrian" in the equation and as "pedestrian" has disappeared from the name, it appears that pedestiran concerns are no longer a part of the group's purpose.

I also have a friend who called the BTA and the head of the Bicycle Advisory Committee about a year ago, trying to donate vintage Bud Clark Bike to Work with Bud posters so that those groups could raise money or otherwise use them for promotion. Nobody ever followed through.

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