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The City of Portland, Oregon

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: January 20 at 11pm.

Staff Liaison: Roger Geller; roger.geller@portlandoregon.gov; 503.823.7671

Application: https://bit.ly/2Ridb1s (Instructions below)

Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

The purpose of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee is to advise City Council and all departments of the City on all matters relating to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation. The Body is a perpetual committee.

  • Committee activities include: Advise City Council and all departments of the City on all matters relating to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding funding priorities for Bicycle Program activities and Capital Improvement Projects in so far as they relate to bicycling.
  • Monitor activities of other jurisdictions as they affect bicycling in the City.
  • Advise Bureau of Transportation staff on issues related to public involvement in Bikeway improvement projects.

Total number of advisory seats: 20

Number of seats available: 13

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • Familiarity with bicycle infrastructure and encouragement in the city of Portland
  • Ability to communicate effectively and courteously in a group setting
  • Ability to critically evaluate technical information
  • Past participation with other volunteer groups desirable
  • Creative and dynamic problem solving

Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on weekday evenings at Portland City Hall
  • Members are involved for a duration of 2-year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on January 20 at 11pm.

Application https://bit.ly/2Ridb1s

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email AdvisoryBodies@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Roger.Geller@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7671.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/32360

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/tRANSPORTATION/37435

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Roger.Geller@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7671