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NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (NJ BPAC)

What Is NJ BPAC?

The New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) is coordinated by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

What is BPAC?

The core mission of BPAC is to advise, coordinate, and collaborate with NJDOT and other state, regional, and local agencies and organizations on policies, programs, initiatives, and best practices that advance walking, bicycling, transit, and micromobility as safe and essential forms of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities, with a focus on meeting equity, safety, public health, and resiliency goals.

BPAC advises on the implementation of the New Jersey Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, serving as both a resource and key stakeholder in existing and future statewide transportation planning efforts, such as the implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Emphasis Area of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

BPAC is also a forum for information exchange, engagement, and coordination among experts and entities across the state, providing opportunities for resource-sharing and education on emerging issues, including access to experts in the field of bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and design.

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?

Per the BPAC by-laws, 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 bikeped@ejb.rutgers.edu or contact the subcommittee chair directly.

What is the Executive Council?

The BPAC Executive Council consists of up to twenty-five (25) members, and one Chair who may be appointed by NJDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Manager. The members of the Executive Council represent entities with an interest in bicycle and pedestrian issues. The current individuals and the agency they represent are:

  • Karen Alexander, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University
  • Elise Bremer-Nei, NJDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
  • Cassidy Boulan, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • John Boyle, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Jennifer Buison, New Jersey Transit
  • Janna Chernetz, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Michael Dannemiller, Middlesex County
  • Eric Heitmann, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Highway Traffic Safety
  • Keith Hamas, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Alan Huff, South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization
  • Debra Kagan, NJ Bike Walk Coalition
  • Byron Nicholas, Hudson County
  • Jessica O’Connor, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
  • Linda Rapacki, RideWise
  • Sonia Szczesna, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Mike Viscardi, New Jersey Transit
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Chair, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

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 three subcommittees (Design, Policy & Legislative, or Safety) to offer best practices, big ideas, and other input. Attendees can submit public comments as part of registration. Comments are reviewed prior to meetings and can be addressed during the open floor portion of each meeting. If you are interested in joining a specific subcommittee, please email us at bikeped@ejb.rutgers.edu.

When is BPAC?

BPAC meets up to six times a year, with additional communication online or via teleconference. Members of subcommittees may have additional meetings throughout the year, as agreed upon by subcommittee members.

Where is BPAC?

BPAC meetings are held virtually via Zoom. Please register for upcoming meetings to receive the Zoom link. See the left column “Upcoming Meetings” for meeting dates and to register.

Who is invited?

BPAC is open to everyone! If you are interested in being a part of the BPAC, please email us at bikeped@ejb.rutgers.edu

 

NJ BPAC Agendas and Notes

 

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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.

 

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NJ BPAC Subcommittees

 

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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 bikeped@ejb.rutgers.edu.

Chair: N/A

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Chair: Sonia Szczesna, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, sonia@tstc.org

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Upcoming NJ BPAC Meeting

BPAC runs from 9:30 am to 11:30 am (coffee and chat begins at 9:15 am) and will be held virtually on:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Please contact james.sinclair@ejb.rutgers.edu with questions and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information!

 

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.

Public Agencies & Advocacy Groups

  • 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
  •  goHunterdon TMA
  • Keep Middlesex Moving TMA
  • EZ Ride 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
Local Government

  • 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.
  • NV5
  • Civic Eye Collaborative
  • WSP
  • CH Planning Limited
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Louis Berger
  • Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Accomplishments

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.

Since NJDOT adopted its Complete Streets policy in 2009, BPAC has also served as a forum for discussion on and lent support to many Complete Streets initiatives throughout the State.