This commission is charged with serving as the advisory body to the Mayor, City Plan Commission, Department of Public Works, Department of Planning and Development, and the Office of Sustainability on matters pertaining to bicycling and walking in the City. The BPAC may also: examine the need for bicycle and pedestrian transportation; promote programs and facilities for bicycles and pedestrians in this City; educate and inform the public and local official on bicycle and pedestrian issues; perform special studies and projects as requested by the City on bicycle and pedestrian questions, including reviewing development plans and site plans which may have a significant impact on bicycle and pedestrian transportation; facilitate citizen participation in consideration of matters involving bicycle and pedestrian questions; study changes in laws, regulations, and best practices concerning bicycle and pedestrian issues and advise the City with respect to such changes; promote intergovernmental and public/private cooperation and coordination on bicycle and pedestrian matters; and advise the public and the City on matters affecting the relationship between bicycle and pedestrian transportation and parks, schools, transit stops, and other major facilities.
The BPAC is also responsible for reviewing all significant street, sidewalk, or trail repair or construction projects in the City. As part of such review, the Commission reviews each project’s level of compliance with the components of a Complete Street to ensure that the design improves facilities for all road users to the extent possible, and that it implements the elements of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan and other planning and policy documents created by the City, where applicable.
The Department of Planning and Development provides administrative support to the BPAC.
The BPAC is comprised of seven public members appointed by the Mayor, Staff of the Department of Planning and Development, Department of Public Works, and Office of Sustainability serves as non-voting Ex-Officio members. The current membership of the BPAC is as follows:
Jef Nickerson, Commissioner (Chair)
Ed Raff, Commissioner (Vice Chair)
Michelle Cortes-Harkins, Commissioner
Laura Bozzi, Commissioner
Michelle Walker, Commissioner
Will Zapata, Alternate Commissioner
Daniel Moreno De Luca, Alternate Commissioner
Nate Urso, Ex-Officio Member
Martina Haggerty, Ex-Officio Member
Alex Ellis, Ex-Officio Member
Leah Bamberger, Ex-Officio Member
Meetings + Agendas
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission usually meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:45 p.m at 444 Westminster Street, 1st floor conference room.
Alex Ellis, Planner
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
Department of Planning and Development
444 Westminster Street, Suite 3A
Providence, RI 02903-3215
January-June and September-December: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
July-August: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday