The Oregon Bicycle Committee was first formed by the Oregon Legislature in 1973 (Oregon Statute 366.112). In 1995, the Oregon Transportation Commission officially recognized the committee’s additional role in pedestrian issues, and the group became the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC, is an eight-member committee appointed by the governor that acts as a liaison between the public and Oregon Department of Transportation. It advises ODOT in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, the establishment of bikeways and walkways, and other statewide bicycle and pedestrian issues. The committee meets six times a year in various locations around the state to support implementation of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and listen to the views and concerns of interested citizens, local officials and ODOT staff.
In August 2018, OBPAC adopted an updated Vision, Mission, and Roles statement and 2020-22 Work Program that will guide the Committee’s work.
The Committee places great value on information received from the public. All committee meetings are open to the public. Individuals interested in providing public comment or proposing a topic for a future meeting agenda are encouraged to complete and submit an Agenda & Public Comment Request Form. Public comments and agenda requests can be sent to the official OBPAC email.
If you wish to give testimony on any topic, including items not on the agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided at the meeting. A designated public comment time takes place near the beginning of each meeting. If there is time, the Committee typically allows people to provide comment on specific agenda items at the time they are presented.
People wishing to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:
- Submit an Agenda & Public Comment Request Form 24 hours in advance of the meeting, if possible.
- Provide written summaries (8 copies) of information for the Committee, if not submitted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
- Limit testimony to three (3) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information.
To mail comments in, please use this address:
Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Attn: Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
555 13th St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Committee meetings generally take place in Salem or Portland. The location of each meeting is noted on this website. When a Committee meeting is held outside of Salem or Portland, it will be noted on this website.
Salem meetings are held at the ODOT Mill Creek Building, located at 555 13th St NE; Salem, OR 97301. The Mill Creek Building is accessible via Cherriots transit service and is less than 1 mile from the Salem Amtrak and Greyhound stations. Bicycle parking is available at the main entrance to the Mill Creek Building. Metered auto parking is available at the Mill Creek Building and surrounding areas.
Portland meetings are held at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, located at 123 NW Flanders, St; Portland, OR 97209. Region 1 Headquarters are accessible via multiple TriMet bus and light rail lines and is less than 0.5 miles from the Portland Amtrak and Greyhound stations. Bicycle parking is available at the main entrance to Region 1 Headquarters. Auto parking is available at on-street metered locations and multiple parking garages in the surrounding area.
OBPAC is a governor appointed advisory committee with 8 members:
- 1 Local Goverment/Land Use representative
- 1 Environmental representative
- 1 Bicycle Business representative
- 1 Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Committee representative
- 1 Under 21/Youth representative
- 3 At-large members
Appointments are non-binding, and appointees may serve a maximum of two 4-year terms. Appointees are eligible for a small stipend and/or travel reimbursements for their service on the committee.
- Complete an Advisory Committee Interest Form
- Write a brief (one paragraph) response to the following questions:
- Why are you interested in serving on OBPAC?
- What unique perspectives and experiences related to active transportation would you bring to OBPAC?
- What opportunities do you see for OBPAC to address social equity, diversity and inclusion?
3. Email your completed form and your responses to the questions above to: OBPAC@odot.oregon.gov.
Your application will be kept on file for future recruitments.
Meeting Schedule & Materials
Meetings Are Open to Everyone
Accommodations will be provided to people with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email OBPAC@odot.state.or.us, call the Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Manager at 503-910-7178, or call statewide relay at 7-1-1 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed.