As part of a plan to become recognized as a silver-level community by Bicycle Friendly America, a program of the League of American Bicyclists, Richardson City Council approved a resolution formalizing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The committee’s elevation to a city board and commission was finalized as part of a resolution passed by council during the Dec. 11 meeting. Applications for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee are expected to open in January, interviews will be conducted in February and the first meeting is slated for April.

The overview

The formalization of the seven-person committee was included as part of the city’s Active Transportation Plan, which was adopted in February 2023. Daniel Herrig, Richardson mobility and special projects manager, said the committee would include five residents, one representative from the Richardson Police Department and one transportation professional.

Council will decide the chairperson and vice chairperson for the commission, according to a presentation made by city staff.

“This is a great stakeholder group to review and refine the vision and intent of the complete streets policy and making sure we’re all moving in the right direction before it comes to council for consideration,” Herrig said.

Digging deeper

Committee members are expected to be appointed to two-year terms with a limit of four consecutive terms, Herrig said. There are also plans to include ex-officio members from other organizations, such as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, who could provide further input on committee deliberations.

The newly created commission was formerly a subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission, holding informal meetings and not having official bylaws, Herrig said.

Quote of note

“I think it’s important to have something like this formalized when I think of all the things we, as a city, have done in the past in creating trails ... and trying to connect them to neighboring cities,” council member Joe Corcoran said.