City of Cambridge Seeking Membership Applications for Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Advisory Committees


9/2/2021

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking persons interested in serving on the city’s Bicycle, Pedestrian or Transit Advisory Committees. The application deadline for these committees is Friday, September 24, 2021.

The committees give advice and input to the city on how to improve our streets for transportation and mobility, and also promote sustainable transportation. Applications are sought from a diverse group of dedicated individuals who are representatives of people who live and/or work in Cambridge. Meetings are currently being held remotely via Zoom, but will eventually return to in-person in the future. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings, review materials, and engage in projects outside of regular meetings. Appointments are made by the City Manager and are for two years of service. Learn more about the three committees and how to apply below.  Additionally, it is a City of Cambridge goal to expand and deepen community engagement with a focus on strengthening the diversity and inclusion of its various boards and commissions, and to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

Bicycle Committee
The Bicycle Committee works to improve conditions for people who bicycle or who are interested in bicycling in the City of Cambridge and promote bicycling as a means of transportation. Activities include organizing and participating in public events such as biannual community bike rides; reviewing plans for street construction; commenting on proposed development projects; creating promotional materials to encourage bicycling in the city; and working with city departments on network planning. Committee members must be prepared to work on projects outside of standing meeting times. This committee generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more information about the Cambridge Bicycle Program, visit: Cambridgema.gov/bikes. For questions about the committee, contact Cara Seiderman, cseiderman@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4629.

Pedestrian Committee
The Pedestrian Committee works to promote walking and to help create a more comfortable, safe, and pleasant environment for walking in Cambridge. It advises on the design of roadway projects and policies related to traffic calming, traffic signals, and sidewalk design. It also identifies intersections and other locations where it is difficult to walk, makes suggestions about proposed development projects as they affect people on foot, and undertakes other activities to promote walking. Committee members must be prepared to work on projects outside of standing meeting times. This committee generally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (November and December meetings are on the third Thursday.) For more information about walking resources in Cambridge, visit: Cambridgema.gov/citysmart. For questions about the committee, contact Cara Seiderman, cseiderman@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4629.

Transit Advisory Committee
The Transit Advisory Committee advances an agenda for a robust public transit system for all who live, work, and visit Cambridge, including the transit services provided by the MBTA and EZRide, among others. The committee membership represents of a cross-section of stakeholders: businesses and large institutions; commuters; persons with disabilities; neighborhood residents with low income, elderly, youth, and students, and transit advocates. The committee advises on city positions and policies on transit service planning, scheduling, infrastructure modernization, expansion and long-term sustainable funding for transit by the Commonwealth. This committee generally meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you have questions or require more information, please call Andrew Reker at 617-349-6959 or email areker@cambridgema.gov. For more information, visit: Cambridgema.gov/transitadvisorycommittee.

How to apply
Interested individuals may apply for these committees through the city’s online portal at CambridgeMA.gov/apply. The application deadline is Friday, September 24, 2021. When applying, first select the committee or committees you want to apply for, and then select the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page to open the application. During the application process, you can provide your statement of interest and relevant personal background. You have the option to attach a cover letter or résumé, though it is not required. You may also obtain paper applications at the City Manager's Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact the City Manager's Office at 617-349-4300 or citymanager@cambridgema.gov.