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Bicycle Advisory Board Charter
Resolution No. 1298
A RESOLUTION of the City of Kent, Washington, stating the intent of the Kent City Council to Create the Kent Bicycle Advisory Board, describing its formation, constitution and duties with regard to bicycling in the City.
WHEREAS, it is an indisputable fact of urban life that the bicycle is a popular and viable means of personal transportation; and
WHEREAS, the role of the bicycle as a mode of personal transportation in Kent will continue to increase in importance in coming years; and
WHEREAS, the city Council intends that a comprehensive bikeway plan be developed and adopted in order to promote the use of bicycling as a mode of urban transportation in the City; and
WHEREAS, bikeways and paths such as the Interurban trails, the Green River corridor trail and the Soos Creek trail are intensively used for commuting, recreation, and other bike trips; and
WHEREAS, traffic congestion, limited parking facilities, increasing fuel costs, concern for personal health, and energy shortages have combined to make the bicycle an increasingly attractive alternative to unrestrictive use of the automobile; and
WHEREAS, promoting the safety and well-being of those who use bicycles for all transportation purposes is a responsibility of the City; and
WHEREAS, the active involvement of the bicycle enthusiasts in the form of an organized board to advise municipal authorities is vital to insure proper development of the bicycling environment and any comprehensive bikeway plan for the City; NOW, THEREFORE,
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF KENT, WASHINGTON DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Intent. That it is the intent of the City Council to create the Kent Bicycle Advisory Board to advise the City Council, the Mayor, and all departments and offices of the City on matters related to bicycling including the impact City actions may have upon bicycling. Such Board shall have the opportunity to contribute in an advisory capacity to all aspects of the City's planning processes insofar as they may relate to bicycling.
Section 2. Board Formation & Constitution. That the Kent Bicycle Advisory Board shall be composed of no more than 11 members appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council to serve staggered terms of one and two years. The Board shall serve under the direction of the Mayor subject to Council directives, and shall receive technical support from City staff as set forth below. In order to provide the most diverse representation possible on the Board its members should, to the extent possible, consist of representatives of:
a. Bike and cycling organizations;
b. Bicycle dealers;
c. Organizations concerned with safety;
d. Representatives of business organizations;
e. Interested private citizens concerned with urban cycling issues.
The foregoing members shall be the only voting members of the Board.
Section 3. Duties & Responsibilities of Board. The Board shall review proposals concerning bicycling and bicyclists in the City and advise the Mayor and City Council, representatives from the following City departments and offices who are so delegated by the Department Head. The following staff members shall be nonvoting members of the Advisory Board and shall provide technical assistance and provide input as needed:
a. Engineering Department;
b. Parks & Recreation Department;
c. Police Department;
d. Planning; and
In addition, the Board shall:
a. Assist in the formulation of Kent's Comprehensive Bikeway Plan.
b. Review proposals and plans for spot improvements and bikeways.
c. Promote bicycling as a viable form of urban transportation.
d. Promote improved safety to reduce accidents and thefts of bicycles by educating both youth and adult cyclists, by evaluating and recommending changes in design standards for on-street and off-street bikeways, trails, and paths accessible to bicyclists and for secured parking racks and lockers.
e. Develop possible demonstration projects to encourage commuting through provision of safe, accessible routes, secure parking facilities, and facilities for commuter clean-up and changing from riding to work clothes.