Monday, October 29, 2012

Want to get involved? Openings on bike/ped committees

 There are openings on several committees for citizens interested in getting involved in bike/ped issues--from the MPO's Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee, the County's BPAC, a new advisory committee in Bonita Springs,  to an ad hoc study committee in the City of Fort Myers to work on a complete streets design manual.  In addition, BikeWalkLee is looking for someone to serve as its  Fort Myers Beach representative. Here's your chance to make a difference in your community. 

MPO's Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee

There are two open seats for citizen members of the expanded Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinating Committee (BPCC).  Click here for our September post about this position.  Interested individuals should apply directly to the MPO staff and the BPCC was make the recommendations to the MPO Board for approval. If you have questions, contact Meghan Marion.

BPAC has two vacancies, one is appointed by District 3 Commissioner and the other is an at-large affordabout housing representative.  If you are interested in applying, contact Kim Kirton with Public Resources.

Bonita Springs' new Bike/Ped Advisory Committee

At the Oct. 17th Bonita Springs City Council meeting, the Council createed a Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.   The Committee will review relevant ordinances, organize public events and works with other bicycle and pedestrian organizations at the state and national levels."

The Committee will meet on the third Monday of every month.  Nicole Perino, Parks and Rec Director, will serve as the staff liaison and Councilwoman Janet Martin will serve as the council person liaison.  If you live in Bonita Springs and are interested in serving as a member of this committee, contact Nicole Perino at

 City of Fort Myers creates ad hoc committee to develop complete streets design manual

 The next step in the city's process of implementing its 2011 complete streets resolution is to develop complete streets design guidelines, using the national framework model called Living Streets Manual, which was recently adopted by Broward County.
To assist the staff in customizing the manual to the city's needs, the city is establishing an ad hoc study committee by December, which will develop recommendations and the guidelines for City Council consideration by December 2013.  Members of the committee will be from the following organizations:
1.  Fort Myers Bicycle Pedestrian Board
2.  Fort Myers Planning Board
3.  BikeWalkLee
4.  FDOT
5.  LeeDOT
6.  Lee Memorial Health System
7.  Lee County Health Department
8.  LeeTran
9.  Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Bob Gardner, Community Development Director, @ 633-5114.

BikeWalkLee's Fort Myers Beach representative

Since 2011, BikeWalkLee has had representatives/reporters in each of the jurisdictions. Click the title above for a review of the existing representatives and what the assignment entails.  There individuals serve as our "point persons" who lead the local advocacy efforts and keep the BikeWalkLee network informed about what's happening in their jurisdiction.  Our Fort Myers Beach position is vacant and we are looking for someone who lives in FMB.  With the upcoming Estero Blvd. improvement project and the implementation of the Town's pedestrian safety task force recommendations, it is an important time to have some "ears and eyes" from the Beach.  If you are interested, contact Darla Letourneau.

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