As far as public meetings go, the monthly Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board meetings are pretty fun. You get to learn early looks at bike projects presented by people from SDOT and other city, county and state departments, and the volunteer board members have a chance to weigh in on everything from large guiding principles to the minute details of construction detours and project design.
Basically, if you like this blog (especially the geeky road design discussions), you might be a good fit on the board. No official expertise is needed. Just a desire to learn, listen and speak up.
As a frequent observer of the board’s meetings, I would especially urge people of color to apply.
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members embody all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.
According to Allegra Calder, current chair of the Bicycle Advisory Board, “Serving on the board is an opportunity to work closely with SDOT staff and bicyclists from across the city to review and weigh in on planned projects in an effort to make Seattle a great and safe place to bike.”
Mayor McGinn and City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, youth, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by May 25th, 2012 to Doug Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call Doug Cox at (206) 684-8264, or send e-mail to the address above.