Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Bicycle–Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has served as an advisory committee to the ROCOG Policy Board since June 2006. It provides advice on issues related to bicycle and pedestrian needs in Rochester and Olmsted County. It also works with the Policy Board on implementation of recommendations contained in the ROCOG Long Range Transportation Plan related to non-motorized travel. The committee normally meets every 4th Wednesday of the month, or as decided by the committee members. BPAC's purpose, duties and organization are outlined in detail in the bylaws (84 KB pdf).
If you have an interest in serving on the BPAC, please contact Muhammad Khan, ROCOG Senior Transportation Planner, at 328-7100 to obtain further information. You may also download a committee application form and submit it to ROCOG to request a position on the committee.
Bicycle Friendly Community Award 2010
The League of American Bicyclists designated Rochester as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community first time in 2010 and re-designated its status in 2014 as a bicycle friendly community for the next four years. The League is a non-profit organization that works nationally and with local communities, universities, businesses and states to promote bicycling for recreation and fitness as well as a mode of transportation for routine day to day trips. Designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community is awarded based on an assessment of local actions including development of on and off street bicycle facilities as well as local programs and services that support safe and convenient bicycle travel. Reviewers were impressed with the progress that has been made in Rochester in improving conditions for bicycling as noted in their feedback (185 KB) and Report Card (56 BK) on the BFC application submitted by Rochester. They were pleased to see the current efforts, the future potential and commitment to make Rochester a great place for bicyclists which can be seen in the growing number of cyclists. Among the factors the reviewers highlighted included:
• Continue to expand the on street bike network and to increase network connectivity;
• Ensure smooth transitions for bicyclists between the local and regional trail network, and the street network;
• Ensure that all bicycle facilities conform to current best practices and guidelines – such as the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (preferred), 2012 AASHTO;
• On roads with posted speed limits of more than 35 mph, it is recommended to provide protected bicycle infrastructure, such as cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes or parallel 10ft wide shared-use paths;
• Bicycle-safety education should be a routine part of primary and secondary education, and schools and the surrounding neighborhoods should be particularly safe and convenient for biking and walking;
• Offer bicycling skills training opportunities for adults more frequently;
• Continue to expand your public education campaign promoting the share the road message;
• Promote cycling throughout the year by offering or supporting more family- and women-oriented community and charity rides, free bike valet parking at events, and bicycle-themed festivals, parades or shows;
• Encourage more local businesses, agencies, and organizations to promote cycling to their employees and customers and to seek recognition through the Bicycle Friendly Business program;
• Encourage Rochester Community and Technical College to promote cycling to students, staff, and faculty and to seek recognition through the Bicycle Friendly University program;
• Expand efforts to evaluate bicycle crash statistics and produce a specific plan to reduce the number of crashes in the community.
Walk Friendly Rochester 2012
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) designated Rochester a Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community in 2012. Since its inception, PBIC's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
WFC is the first program to highlight communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving walkability. To date, there are now 33 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.
PBIC were pleased to designate Rochester as a Bronze –level community due to its outstanding engineering practices, extensive trail system, and commitment to improving the pedestrian environment. Among the factors the reviewers highlighted included:
Extensive cub ramp and sidewalk inventory system
Existing 99 miles trail network
Provision for pedestrians over 80 bridges throughout Rochester
Future plan for additional trail connections and intersection improvements
Countdown signals and leading pedestrian intervals
Well established complete street policy
Reviewers were impressed with progress that has been made in Rochester in improving conditions for pedestrian facilities as noted in their feedback (375 KB).