Public Agency Bicycle Advisory Committees
SVBC works on getting San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, the cities within, and other relevant transportation agencies to value, include and encourage bicycling for all purposes for all people. However, we can’t be everywhere all the time, and we need YOUR help in your local community. To make a difference in the city you live, work, or play in, consider joining or attending your city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) or other relevant committee. See table below for a full list of committees.
What is a BPAC?
A BPAC is a group of knowledgeable volunteers who are appointed by the City Council (or other government body) to advise them on all bike-related matters. If you want to improve conditions for bicycling in your city, this is the place to start. Hot tip: cities aren’t the only agencies with BPACs: multijurisdictional organizations like the Valley Transportation Agency (VTA), Caltrain, San Mateo County’s City and County Association of Governments (CCAG), and others can also have BACs. In addition, some jurisdictions have a committee that includes bicyclist perspectives but has a broader purpose, such as a Traffic Safety Committee or Transportation Committee.
Some examples of BPAC’s duties:
- Review road projects to insure bicyclist needs are considered.
- Recommend bicycle infrastructure improvements.
- Lobby for grant funding to finance those improvements.
- Advocate for policy and procedure changes.
Why get involved?
By attending BPAC meetings, participating as a committee member, or contacting the committee, you will make your voice heard. Some other reasons to get active:
- Get your questions answered! Why isn’t there a bike lane on your street? The city or other agency may be considering this or there could be alternatives nearby.
- Share safety concerns. Sometimes a city or other agency is unaware of a problem until someone brings it to their attention through public forums such as these.
- Find out about new bike projects, policies, or events.
- Help the BPAC by being additional “eyes and ears” on the street to help them do their best possible job.
- Show the City Council that their constituents care about bicycling improvements.
- Become a more effective bicycling advocate by keeping yourself better informed.
Find out more about your city’s committees and countywide committees below:
|Jurisdiction (website links)||Type||Staff||Contact|
|Atherton||Transportation Committee||Michael Kashiwagiemail@example.com|
|Belmont||Parks and Recreation Committee|
|Brisbane||Complete Streets Committee||John Quilter|
|Burlingame||Traffic Safety and Parking Commission||Andrew Wongfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Campbell||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Matthew Jueemail@example.com|
|Cupertino||Bicycle Pedestrian Commission||David Stillmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Daly City||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Shirley Chanemail@example.com|
|East Palo Alto||Transportation Committee|
|Foster City||Traffic Review Committeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gilroy||Bicycle Pedestrian Commission||Zachary Hilton||Zachary.Hilton@ci.gilroy.ca.
|Half Moon Bay||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Carol Hamilton|
|Los Altos||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission||Cedric Novenarioemail@example.com|
|Los Altos Hills||Traffic Safety Committee||Rich Larsen|
|Los Gatos||Kevin Rohanifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Menlo Park||Complete Streets Commission||Nicole Nagayaemail@example.com|
|Millbrae||Parks and Recreation Committee|
|Milpitas||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission||Steve Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Morgan Hill||Bicycle and Trails Advisory Committee||Julie Behzademail@example.com|
|Mountain View||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Public Works Departmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Palo Alto||Bicycle Advisory Committee||Transportation@CityofPaloAlto.org|
|Portola Valley||Bicycle, Pedestrian & Traffic Safety Committee||Ed Holland||Edward.email@example.com|
|Redwood City||Complete Streets Committee||Jessica Manzifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|San Bruno||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||David Wolteringemail@example.com|
|San Carlos||Transportation & Circulation Committee|
|San Jose||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||John Brazilfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|San Mateo||Public Works Commission|
|Santa Clara||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Marshall Johnsonemail@example.com|
|South San Francisco||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Sailesh Mehra||Sailesh.Mehra@ssf.net|
|Sunnyvale||Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission||Jack Witthausfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Woodside||Circulation Committee||Dong Nguyen||DNguyen@woodsidetown.org|
|Jurisdiction (website links)||Type||Staff||Contact|
|Caltrain||Bicycle Advisory Committeeemail@example.com|
|Caltrans District 4||Bicycle Advisory Committee||Sergio Ruizfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|San Mateo County||Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Kaley Lyonsemail@example.com|
|San Mateo County City and County Association of Governments (CCAG)||Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee||Sara Musefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|San Mateo County Transportation Authority||Citizen Advisory Committeeemail@example.com|
|Samtrans||Citizen Advisory Committeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)||Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committeeemail@example.com|