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Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission

Develops a master bike plan for the City, works with administration to prepare and submit annual grant requests; develops programs and methodology for teaching proper bike use; and advises the Council on issues relating to City sidewalks, walkways and trails. The City Council makes nine appointments to this ten member commission. Members must have significant knowledge of street construction and maintenance, knowledge of bicycling, bike safety, and/or bikeways, and/or an interest in pedestrian safety and infrastructure. In addition, all must be registered, qualified voters of the City. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in July.

Members & Terms:

  • Cathryn Jost - Term Ending July 31, 2018
  • Lawrence Simonson - Term Ending July 31, 2018
  • Dan Harder - Term Ending July 31, 2018
  • Jason Patrie - Term Ending July 31, 2019
  • Elke Boyd - Term Ending July 31, 2018
  • Karin Loftin - Term Ending July 31, 2019
  • Nicholas Knoth - Term Ending July 31, 2020
  • Ann Marie Gortmaker - Term Ending July 31, 2020
  • Andrew Sommer - Term Ending July 31, 2020
  • Janet Godon (Parks & Recreation Department Representative)

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 2-241. Establishment; members; qualifications; appointment; terms.
The bicycle/pedestrian commission is hereby established. The commission shall be composed of nine (9) members. One (1) member shall have knowledge of street construction and maintenance; four (4) members shall have knowledge of bicycling, bicycle safety, or bikeways; and four (4) members shall have an interest in pedestrian safety and infrastructure. All members shall be qualified voters of the city. The members succeeding the original members shall be appointed by the city council for three-year terms. A non-voting member shall be appointed by the parks and recreation department director to attend meetings of the commission and serve as a liaison to the parks and recreation commission.
(Code 1964, § 2.2360; Ord. No. 11202, § 1, 9-15-86; Ord. No. 11890, § 1, 5-16-88; Ord. No. 15790, § 1, 10-19-98; Ord. No. 17522, § 1, 12-2-02; Ord. No. 17798, § 1, 8-18-03; Ord. No. 21495, § 1, 11-5-12; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22738, § 1, 2-15-16)

Sec. 2-242. Meetings; quorum; attendance.
The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of not less than five (5) members. The commission shall elect from its members a chair, vice-chair and a secretary. The chair shall preside at all meetings, and in the absence of the chair or the inability of the chair to preside at any meeting, the vice-chair shall preside. The secretary shall keep a permanent record of the proceedings of the commission and forward a report of such proceedings to the city council. The commission shall establish its own rules and procedures. The members appointed shall serve for the terms of their appointments, and until their successors are appointed and qualified, and each shall serve without compensation. The chair of the commission is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a commission meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) per cent of the regular commission meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair of the commission to promptly notify the appointing authority of the vacancy.
(Code 1964, § 2.2370; Ord. No. 15790, § 1, 10-19-98; Ord. No. 17522, § 1, 12-2-02; Ord. No. 17798, § 1, 8-18-03; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22738, § 1, 2-15-16)

Sec. 2-243. Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of the commission shall be to:
            (1)        Develop a master bike plan for the city, such master plan being subject to periodic review and revision by the commission based on changes in traffic patterns and other changes associated with the growth of Columbia.
            (2)        Work in concert with the administration in preparation and submission of yearly grant requests.
            (3)        Implement the plan as money becomes available according to priorities based on need and cost of bike routes.
            (4)        Develop programs and methodology for teaching proper bike use and registration.
            (5)        Advise the city council on issues relating to city sidewalks, walkways and trails.
(Code 1964, § 2.2380; Ord. No. 15790, § 1, 10-19-98; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)