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Posted on: January 9, 2020

City seeks volunteers for Sustainable Transportation Task Force

The City of Bainbridge Island is looking for 15 to 20 community members to serve on the newly formed Sustainable Transportation Task Force. Volunteers should have interest and/or expertise in how we can innovate to make transportation more convenient on the island and reduce our carbon footprint.

The Task Force, which will represent a cross section of the community, will guide development of the Sustainable Transportation Plan and ensure that the project benefits from strong support, input, and stewardship throughout the planning process.

In 2019, the City Council expressed support in providing a transportation system (streets, transit, trails, etc.) that improves mobility and safety for all users while respecting the character of neighborhoods and maintaining a climate resilient environment. The initiative, which became known as the Sustainable Transportation Plan, will establish the long-range vision for how we travel on the island. In addition, the Council determined that the Sustainable Transportation project should result in a transportation system that supports the overriding goal of the City’s upcoming Climate Action Plan: to reduce carbon emissions on Bainbridge Island by 90% by 2040.

The City hired consultants from Nelson Nygaard, an industry leader in planning for all modes of transportation, to lead the Sustainable Transportation Plan planning effort.

Some of the questions the plan will address include:

  • How does the island navigate an uncertain future of rapid change in mobility and technology?
  • Where will we get the biggest return on our investment (mode shift, behavior change, emissions reduction)?
  • How will advisory groups and the broader island community be meaningfully involved in the planning and implementation process?
  • How can we resolve differences in opinion and approach to sustainable mobility priorities and investments?
  • How will we know when we’ve achieved our vision and desired future state of transportation?
  • How and what are we willing to adapt and change in order to achieve our vision?

Sustainable Transportation Task Force members will be appointed by the City Council and serve a one-year term. The Task Force will meet regularly over the course of the project; times and locations to be determined.

Click here to apply. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Interviews and/or selection of Task Force members will be held in February.

If you have questions about the openings, please contact Engineering Project Manager Mark Epstein at 780-3721 or by email at mepstein@bainbridgewa.gov.

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