Join the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee

The City is taking applications for new members of the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee. Thirteen members are being sought to join the committee and help promote bicycling, safe riding and bike infrastructure improvements in Minneapolis.

There will be one committee member chosen for each city council ward. Council members will select one resident to represent the ward from the pool of applicants. Once this group is established, committee members will elect a new chair, a vice chair and a secretary. Terms for the new Bicycle Advisory Committee members will begin on January 1, 2011 and run through May 31, 2012. Subsequent terms will be two years long and begin on July 1 of even numbered years.

Anyone interested in membership in the Bicycle Advisory committee may apply on their own behalf. People may also nominate others for consideration, or contact the Office of the City Clerk to have application materials sent to someone. For applications and additional information, go to Boards &amp Commissions and click on "current openings." The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Dec. 10.

In addition to the ward-specific members of the committee, there will be three at-large members selected by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Also, the Minneapolis Department of Public Works will continue to staff the committee and assist in agenda setting.

Formed in February 1990, the Bicycle Advisory Committee advises to the Mayor and City Council as well as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The committee also serves as a liaison to bicyclists, businesses, neighborhoods, and other communities and agencies.

The Bicycle Advisory Committee is in the process of updating its membership, bylaws, and roles/responsibilities. A subcommittee comprised of several committee members was formed in 2009 to make recommendations. Those recommendations were presented to the full committee and, after several months of discussion, the committee unanimously passed a motion to restructure its membership and to pass a set of bylaws.

Published Nov. 23, 2010