What Is NJ BPAC?
What is BPAC?
The goal of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) is to advise the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) on policies, programs, research, and priorities to advance bicycling and walking as safe and viable forms of transportation and recreation.
Who attends BPAC meetings?
Everyone is invited; members usually include bicycle and pedestrian advocates, engineering and planning professionals, and staff members from local, county, and state agencies from the transportation, health, environmental, and enforcement fields. Currently, this includes over 20 agencies and advocate groups, eight consultants, and representatives from ten local governments.
What is the organizational structure?
BPAC currently consists of an advisory council (by NJDOT appointment only), four subcommittees (Design, Legislative, Safety, and Education), which are open for all to join, and the open floor public portion of each meeting. If you would like to join one of the subcommittees, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the subcommittee chair directly.
What is the Executive Council?
The BPAC Executive Council consists of up to (15) voting members, and one Chair who may be appointed by NJDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager as a non-voting member. The fifteen members of the Council are individuals that represent entities with an interest in bicycle and pedestrian issues. The current individuals and the agency they represent are:
- Debbie Kingsland, NJDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs
- Mike Viscardi, New Jersey Transit
- Gary Poedubicky, NJ Law & Public Safety
- Janet Heroux, NJ Department of Health
- Emily Armstrong, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
- Brandee Chapman, NJ Department of Environmental Protection Trails Council
- Caroline Trueman, Federal Highway Administration
- Greg Krykewycz, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- Elizabeth Thompson, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
- Alan Huff, South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization
- Cyndi Steiner, NJ Walk Bike Coalition
- Janna Chernetz, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
- Doug Gilbert, NJ Travel Independence Program
- Charles Brown, Chair, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Council members serve three-year terms, and may be reappointed for up to two consecutive terms. Consultants or groups receiving NJDOT funding are not eligible for a council seat.
How can I be involved?
There are multiple ways to be involved and contribute as a member of BPAC. All attendees are highly encouraged to serve in one (or more) of the four subcommittees (Design, Legislative, Safety, or Education) to offer best practices, big ideas, and other input. Attendees can also comment during the public portion (open floor) of each meeting. If you are interested in joining a specific subcommittee, please email us at email@example.com
When is BPAC?
The council meets at least four times a year, with additional communication online or via teleconference. Members of subcommittees have additional meetings throughout the year, as agreed upon within the group.
Where is BPAC?
BPAC is usually held at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick (33 Livingston Avenue), due to the central location and easy access from all parts of the state. The specific room location is announced in advance of the meeting.
Who is invited?
BPAC is open to everyone! Anyone can attend and comment during the open portion of public meetings. If you are interested in being a part of the BPAC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ BPAC General Meeting Information
Here you’ll find the meeting minutes, agendas, and presentations of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). For information about the work of BPAC’s Subcommittees, Safety, Legislative & Policy, Design & Infrastructure, and Education & Outreach, click here.
- VeloCity – NYC by Karyn Williams, VeloCity
- How Do People Value Pedestrian and Bicycling Infrastructure? A Survey of Residents in Two New Jersey Regions by Deva Deka, VTC
- “For the Good of New Jersey” (March) by Jim Van Schoick, VTC
- Electric Bicycles in New Jersey by Elizabeth Harvey, VTC
- “For the Good of New Jersey” (June) by Charles Brown, VTC
NJ BPAC Subcommittees
This page provides updates about the ongoing work of NJ BPAC’s Subcommittees. The four Subcommittees focus on advising the New Jersey Department of Transportation and other agencies represented on the Council on bicycle and pedestrian topics that impact New Jersey residents. If you are interested in attending quarterly BPAC meetings, please send an email to email@example.com.
- March 2016
- November 2015
- September 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- November 2014
- September 2014
- Shoulder Primer – Summary of Key Policy and Design Issues for Striped Shoulders vs. Bicycle Lanes in New Jersey Suburban and Rural Areas
Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday September 22, 2016.
Subcommittee Meetings (9:30am – 10:30am)
- Design & Infrastructure: Room 370
- Safety: Room 168
- Education & Outreach: Room 112
General Meeting (10:30am – 12:00pm)
- Special Events Forum (1st Floor)
- Download the Agenda
Subcommittee Meetings (12:15pm – 1:30pm)
- Legislative: Room 477
Meeting will be held at:
Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
As a reminder, the subcommittees are open to everyone. While the general meeting is also open to everyone, the first half is the formal BPAC meeting. Comments/discussion from anyone are welcome during the second half of the general meeting.
Bicycle parking is available in the entrance plaza, and the Bloustein school is a short walk from the New Brunswick New Jersey Transit Rail Station, with service from Trenton, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia.
NJ BPAC Members
Members include bicycle and pedestrian advocates, engineering and planning professionals, and staff members from local, county, and state agencies from the transportation, health, environmental, and enforcement fields. Although we do not list individual names on this list, several concerned residents and advocates are also members.
- New Jersey DOT
- Tri-State Transportation Campaign
- Princeton Joint Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
- East Coast Greenway
- Cross County Connection TMA
- Greater Mercer TMA
- Hudson TMA
- HART TMA
- Keep Middlesex Moving TMA
- Meadowlink TMA
- Ridewise TMA
- TransOptions TMA
- North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
- NJ Transit
- Transportation Safety Resource Center at CAIT
- Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation – Rutgers University
- NJ Bike Walk Coalition
- West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance
- Cooper’s Ferry Development Assoc.
- Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
- Shaping NJ
- New Jersey Future
- Bike and Walk Montclair
- Borough of Metuchen
- Hudson County
- Somerset County
- Sussex County
- Middlesex County
- Bergen County
- Union County
- City of Hoboken
- Montclair Township
Private Companies & Consultants
- Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
- RBA Group
- Civic Eye Collaborative
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- CH Planning Limited
- Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
- Louis Berger
- Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has advised NJDOT in the development of bicycle and pedestrian research, planning, and policy products, as well as assembled its own through its subcommittees. Below are several final products to which BPAC as contributed.
- Proposed Bicycle Related Revisions to NJ Title 39 (2009)
- Metuchen Crosswalk Evaluation:
Pedestrian Safety Recommendations (2010)
- New Jersey Bicycling Manual
- New Jersey’s Stop and Stay Stopped Law
- Summary of Key Policy and Design Issues for Striped Shoulders vs. Bicycle Lanes in New Jersey Suburban and Rural Areas (2015)