bicycle advocacy and you?
Last year my husband went to our B.A.C ( Salt Lake Bicycle Advisory Committee) with a complaint. The local M.U.P ( the Jordan river trail) has bridges that cross at numerous point. He went with a complaint about one bridge in particular ( the bridge just north of 5th north. this bridge is only four feet wide. when he went to the meeting they had a public comment period of 5 minuets, in which he informed the committee of the bridge and several others that were in need of some work. this committee told him that they were grateful that he had brought this to their attention, But it was several meetings be for any actual progress went in this. he was told by the then acting chair that " the committee's focus was on completing the connector on the trail from 12th west and north temple to the same west and 3rd south. ( the local power company and 2 small railroads own the property in between). Now don't get me wrong, i want this to be completed as much as the next lady, How ever, it seems like the committee was more interested in electing a chair and co/chair rather than lighting a fire under some one to get this finished. several of the bridges are in need of quite badly needed repairs and safety up grades( high vis bollards and high vis paint on the bridge ends) How many of you have had similar experiences? here is the agenda for this coming Monday the 21st.
BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A standing committee of the TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY BOARD
Monday, July 21, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 P.M.
Salt Lake City Transportation Division Office
349 South 200 East, Suite 150
P.O. Box 145502
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5502
Welcome and Introduction of Members and Guests 5:00
Public Comment 5:05
Approval of the Minutes of the June 16, 2014 Meeting 5:10
Announcements and Connections 5:15
600 East Bicycle Boulevard ? presentation & input 5:30
Elicia C?rdenas / infrastructure work group (Tom, Mark, Suzanne)
Mike Barry, Transportation Division
Report ? N. American Travel Monitoring Expo & Conference (NATMEC) 6:00
Todd attends this conference in connection with his work with UDOT, and will give a short report on how bicyclist/pedestrian movement is being discussed and quantified nationally.
Bicycle Friendly Community Application & Circuit Rider Visit 6:10
Becka will present the information that Steve Clark shared with SLC during his visit in late June. The city has decided to wait until February 2015 to reapply with a stronger chance for gold status. Waiting is acceptable with the League of American Bicyclists.
thank you for your time
This might be better posted in the appropriate regional forum.
Your man needs to put in a year or two giving selflessly of his time to this group. Then he will get his issues taken care of. Why would they spend their limited resources on the concerns of someone who showed up to one meeting? For better or worse, that's just how the volunteer world works.
He has been going to every meeting since his first.
Has he volunteered to work on some fundraisers and head up a sub committee or two?
Originally Posted by beckieanne
The group probably knows about the issues regarding the bridge, but isn't able to do anything about it.
Compared to trails, bridges are very expensive items. The B.A.C. could likely blow several years budget if they fund a bridge replacement. Keep attending meetings, talk to your local city council member and any at-large members (try to find out if any of them ride bikes) to drum up support.
Since your B.A.C. has agenda, in order for their to be meaningful discussion at a meeting, the item needs to be on the agenda. He should ask during the comment period that the bridge be on the next meeting agenda. Be prepared to be told no. They likely have a huge number of items that they need to go over in the course of a year - don't underestimate the importance of procedure and electing members and the committee chairman - they direct what they committee does.
As far as the hi-vis stripes on the bollards go - a little guerrilla advocacy might be in order. Hi-vis reflective tapes can easily be bought from the 'net and applied during a very early morning ride.
Last edited by randomgear; 07-21-14 at 12:50 AM.
he has and they have put it on the agenda, but the B.A.C wants to get the connector on north temple built.most of the members do ride, even if only on the weekends. the bridge issue has been on the agenda, but from what he tells me it was set aside while the election and some other items were addressed first.
he has volunteered but has yet to have been accepted to any, as for cycling in general, he volunteer's at the bike collective 3 days a week and try's to help promote cycling in any way he can ( such as participating in last years bike count).