Los Gatos Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee accepting new members

The town of Los Gatos, California has openings on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Applications are due November 18, 2016, with interviews tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at 7 P.M. I got really long-winded on this post so feel free to skip to the last paragraph for info on the application process and link to the online application.

Don't text and drive. Guess where Silicon Valley?

As with other similar committees in California, the Los Gatos BPAC advises city council on decisions that can affect multi-modal travel. Because Los Gatos roads and bike paths connect to facilities owned by at least seven other agencies (city of San Jose, city of Monte Sereno, city of Campbell, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara County Parks, Midpen Open Space District, and Caltrans), there’s a lot to track in spite of the small size of the town. The BPAC works closely with the town’s Youth Commission, Transportation Commission, Police Department, and Public Works.

I think the BPAC is responsible for those awesome “Don’t Text and Drive” signs you see around Los Gatos.

At least four people on bikes have been killed over the past decade in Los Gatos. They are:

Eighteen other collisions over the same period resulted in serious, life-changing injuries to twenty victims on bike. It’s perhaps no surprise to learn most of the collisions take place on Blossom Hill Road and on Highway 9.

The Los Gatos BPAC generally holds its regular meetings at 3:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of even numbered months, which is great for staffers who are required to attend these meetings but not great for commissioners who need to work for a living. This means BPAC membership is dominated by retired, semi-retired, and self-employed individuals.

Residency is required, and the membership is a little more complicated than I’m accustomed to seeing, with four of the committee’s seven members selected by and from among members of other advisory committees in town.

Read this page for the application process; you can find the online application form here. H/T to my bike-riding colleague Dr Jared.

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