The BPAC’s mission is to make Hillsborough County a safer and more pleasurable place to bicycle and walk. The committee makes recommendations to the MPO on bicycle and pedestrian-related issues. The BPAC was originally established in 1977 by the Board of County Commissioners as the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). This group became an advisory committee to the MPO in March 1998. Later that same year, the committee’s focus was expanded to address the needs and concerns of pedestrians, as well as cyclists.
Twenty two volunteers comprise the BPAC. Twelve of the seats are held by at-large members (citizens) who are appointed by the MPO. The remaining ten seats are held by representatives of local agencies, cities and county. The BPAC works together to carry out its mission by advocation for the five “E’s” — Evaluation, Education, Engineering, Encouragement and Enforcement. Volunteers are encouraged to participate at all meetings.