About BAC

The D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council represents the interests of bicyclists in Washington, D.C., local government. The BAC is an official public commission that advises the D.C. Council on bicycle-related transportation matters.

The BAC evaluates legislation, policy and transportation infrastructure, providing analysis and technical expertise to the legislative and executive branches of D.C. government.

The BAC issues advisory recommendations to D.C. elected officials and gives input to the District Department of Transportation regarding the budget and focus of the Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation and Safety Program.

The BAC is comprised of 13 D.C. residents who are voting members. D.C. councilmembers each appoint one resident to the BAC.

BAC meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of odd-numbered months at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor. Meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.

The BAC has these standing committees:

  • Facilities
  • Legislative 
  • Safety, Education and Enforcement
  • Planning (November 2016 addition) 

Generally held in even-numbered months, committee meetings are open to the public. D.C. residents may serve on committees without holding a formal BAC appointment.

Fieldwork

The BAC conducts fieldwork to assess roads, bike lanes, trails and other types of transportation infrastructure. It evaluates the traffic and conditions of routes bicyclists use and makes recommendations to improve bicycling infrastructure in the near, mid and long term. The BAC gives input to District Department of Transportation planners who are developing a comprehensive, interconnected network of bike lanes that crisscross D.C. and connect to bordering states. The Facilities Committee leads the BAC's fieldwork.

Testimony

The BAC communicates its positions in writing and in person. Members regularly testify before Council committees to advise lawmakers on transportation policy issues. The Legislative Committee leads the BAC's work to analyze and take positions on policies.

Partnership with Police

The BAC's Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee collaborates with the Metropolitan Police Department to address issues affecting law enforcement and bicycling. Together we work to educate bicyclists, other road users, the general public and law enforcement officers about bicyclists' legal rights and responsibilities.

In Our Neighborhoods

The BAC engages with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) about Districtwide and ANC-specific matters. Each ward is represented by a BAC member who is most familiar with the issues affecting individual ANCs. The BAC is available to speak to ANCs and community organizations upon request. Our monthly reports outline some of our neighborhood-level work.

The BAC and You

The BAC welcomes public participation at full council meetings and committee meetings. Greater participation strengthens the BAC's impact as the voice of D.C. bicyclists. In order to accomplish its mission and make informed recommendations, the BAC relies on the knowledge and experience of its members and the public, as well as published studies and expert analyses.

There are many ways to participate in the BAC:

  • Attend meetings and speak during the public comment period. The BAC represents you. Share your opinions with your appointed representatives.
  • Serve on a committee
  • Apply for appointment. Consult our council roster for vacancies, complete the application form and send it to the Councilmember whom you wish to represent.

BAC voting members

Emily Oaksford
Ward 1

David Alexander
Ward 2

Ellen Jones
Ward 3

James Salt
Ward 4

Tom Bridge
Ward 5

David Cranor
BAC Chair
Ward 6

Casey Studhalter
Ward 7

Jay Stewart
Ward 8
Michael Forster
At-Large, Council Chairman Mendelson

Jeff Johnson
At-Large, Councilmember Silverman
BAC Secretary-Treasurer

Bob Summersgill
At-Large, Councilmember Grosso
Chair Pro-Tem
Legislative Committee Chair

Vacant
At-Large, Councilmember Bonds

Vacant
At-Large, Councilmember Robert White, Jr.

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Susan Balding
Facilities Committee Co-Chair

Jeanie Osburn
Facilities Committee Co-Chair

Jessica Pic
Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Chair

John Serrao
Planning Committee Chair



Contact the BAC

dcbicyclecouncil [at] gmail [dot] com


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