The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is looking for new members to join their monthly meetings and help guide city policy regarding bicycling and bike facilities.
As an outside observer of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, I strongly urge people of color and residents of South Seattle to apply.
The meetings are a lot of fun, if not a bit wonky. No expertise about bicycle facilities or politics required, just a desire to learn, ask questions and work toward a safer Seattle for people riding bikes.
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 represent 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, youths, seniors, 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 31st, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206 684-7583.
To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/default.htm.