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Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee

CHARGE

A Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) serves as a community voice for active transportation users. The Vanderbilt University BPAC provides feedback on ongoing bicycle and pedestrian projects, proposed policy changes, and new programs. The committee provide recommendations to improve these initiatives and call attention to unforeseen transportation challenges impacting campus projects, allowing these challenges to be addressed thoughtfully before implementation.

The BPAC strengthens the voice of active transportation users on campus, highlights overlooked walking and bicycling perspectives, functions as channel for community feedback, and institutionalizes bicyclist and pedestrian consideration in decision making. The BPAC implements the FutureVU guiding principle of making campus more walkable, bikeable, and sustainable and supports MoveVU goals of increasing the percentage of commuters walking and biking to campus. Additionally, it enhances Vanderbilt’s reputation in Nashville and Middle Tennessee as a leader in mobility and sustainability and improves our Bicycle Friendly University rating.

Responsibilities

  • Community Feedback – The BPAC serves as a sounding board for proposed projects, programs, and policies. The committee is well-suited to provide consolidated community feedback on external projects, such as those by NDOT, TDOT, and WeGo.
  • Needs Identification The BPAC identifies deficiencies in existing infrastructure, as well as broader access issues, commute challenges, and facility-related needs. The committee also highlights unanticipated negative impacts of legacy policies or processes. By identifying needs and sharing perspectives on potential solutions, the BPAC allows the University to effectively address active transportation challenges.
  • Project Prioritization – The BPAC provides a voice clarifying the priorities of campus active transportation users. As MoveVU and FutureVU strategies are implemented, the BPAC prioritizes the menu of available strategies into an annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Program.
  • Information Sharing and Engagement in Initiatives – The BPAC serves as a centralized means of distributing information to a wider audience because of its diverse representation. Additionally, members are well-situated to take on active roles as “champions” for initiatives, bolstering the impact of MoveVU programs.

Meeting Minutes

11/13/23

10/3/23

Questions/Comments for the Committee

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets roughly quarterly, but does not open meetings to the general public. If there’s an item you would like to suggest the BPAC discuss at the next meeting, or a question about the proceedings, please send an e-mail to the BPAC Administrator

2023-24 Membership

Membership Type Classification Name Affiliation
Committee Undergraduate Students Brady Scheiner VSG Public Safety and Transportation Committee Co-Chair
Bryan Han VSG Public Safety and Transportation Committee Co-Chair
Sarah Kessler
Gracie Sloan
Graduate Students Levi Schult Graduate Student Council
Jonathan Lifferth
Faculty Dr. Andrea Capizzi Faculty Senate, Chair
Dr. Amanda Hellman
Dr. Julie Gamble
Staff Adam McKeever-Burgett University Staff Advisory Council, President
Chris Meyers
Research / Postdoc Dr. Ishita Dash
Dr. Will Barbour
Identity Centers Vee Byrd Associate Director of Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Dr. Rory Dicker Director of Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Ex Officio Campus Planning & Construction James Moore University Landscape Architect
Bob Grummon Team Leader Capital Projects
Government & Community Relations Lynn Maddox Neighborhood and County Liaison
Police Department Patrick Conwell Major
Student Access Catherine Buttrey Assistant Director of Student Access
Transportation & Mobility Michael Briggs Director of Mobility
BPAC Administrator Transportation & Mobility Matthew Cushing Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner