San Mateo County California BPAC: First meeting Thursday night!

The San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was established by a Board of Supervisors Resolution in September 2015 to advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, plans, and programs that affect people walking and bicycling for transportation in unincorporated parts of the county. The first meeting of the newly established citizen committee takes place Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 7 pm, in City of San Mateo City Hall, Conference Room A.

Informal bike path

Committee members appointed by the County Supervisors are:

  • Susan Doherty for Safe Routes to School,
  • William Kelly representing older adults,
  • Cristina Prather Persson to represent quaxers,
  • At-large members Gary Coleman and Dianna Butcher,
  • Alternate members Carrie Doyle and Natalie Gore, and
  • County staff liason Ellen Barton from the county sustainability office.

The agenda for this first meeting involves swearing in the members, a Brown Act primer, electing a chair and vice-chair, determining the BPAC meeting schedule, and an overview of the county Office of Sustainability and Active Transportation Programs in San Mateo County. It’s a good opportunity to set the tone for this committee’s direction.

San Mateo County California is located on the San Francisco Peninsula, south of the city and county of San Francisco, and north of Santa Cruz County on the Pacific Coast and Santa Clara County on San Francisco Bay. The heavily populated Bay side of San Mateo County includes major residential, commercial and industrial centers in cities such Daly City, Redwood City (where my own employer is headquartered), San Mateo, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park. The most expensive ZIP code in America is located in the town of Atherton. The wealthy communities around Woodside and Portola Valley are favorite road riding routes, while the more isolated coastal communities have their own infrastructure challenges.

The unincorporated portions of San Mateo County that are covered by this BPAC are shown in green below. Transportation and land use policy for the entire county as a whole are discussed by the San Mateo City / County Association of Governments BPAC.

Unincorported San Mateo County California map

H/T to Steve Vanderlip of Bike San Mateo County.

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