Do You Want to Help City Hall Rewrite the Dallas Bike Plan? No, Seriously. Yes, You.

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Frank Librio at Dallas City Hall sends word this morning: Max Kalhammer, the city's new bike coordinator, is looking for folks to help the city rewrite the outdated Dallas Bike Plan, which hasn't been touched since 1985, more or less. As Kalhammer told Kim in December, the ultimate goal of the new bike plan is to design a network and provide enough bicycle parking and storage "so people could actually do an entire commute without using their automobile." (Note to self: See how search is going for would-be "international consultant.")

The city's forming a Bicycle Advisory Committee for which it needs 15 members, of course, who will be appointed by council members and the mayor. Confabs start April 7, tentatively, with members expected to meet once a month for up to three hours till this sucker's hashed out, which oughta take ... oh, a year, maybe. Says Theresa O'Donnell, Director of the Sustainable Development and Construction Department, "This committee's main function will be to give timely input and feedback on the major draft components of the Plan, and a thorough and constructive review of the overall draft Plan."

Requirements and instructions are after the jump, as applications are due in two weeks. Right, like you don't have an opinion on the subject.

Update at 11:06 a.m.: Here's the link to the application.
City seeks applicants to be part of Bicycle Advisory Committee;
The community group will help update the Dallas Bike Plan


DALLAS - The City of Dallas is seeking residents to serve on the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The committee, which will help update and replace the 1985 Dallas Bike Plan, will consist of members of the community with a strong interest in improving and expanding the City's bicycling culture and bicycle-related infrastructure.

"This is an opportunity to serve our community in a very meaningful and tangible way. The 15 committee members will inform the planning process from the community stakeholder and bicycle user perspectives", said Theresa O'Donnell, Director of the Sustainable Development and Construction Department.

"This committee's main function will be to give timely input and feedback on the major draft components of the Plan, and a thorough and constructive review of the overall draft Plan," she added. Serious consideration for appointment to the committee will be given to individuals who can demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Consistent interest in issues related to bicycling as a form of exercise and alternative transportation for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Experience as an advisor on strategic planning or transportation planning projects, especially for bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities.
  • Experience on a City-sponsored citizen or stakeholder advisory committee, or other involvement with a City project or initiative.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet as often as once a month for up to three hours, over the next eight to 12 months. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 7. Candidates will be screened by City of Dallas staff and approved for appointment by the Bicycle Policy Steering Committee.

Applications can be obtained at www.dallascityhall.com and e-mailed to max.kalhammer@dallascityhall.com with the words "BAC Application" in the subject line, or mailed to Max Kalhammer, Senior Planner (Bicycle Coordinator), Sustainable Development and Construction, Dallas City Hall, Room L1BS, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.
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