Mayor Peduto publicly nominates BikePGH Executive Director Scott Bricker to SPC Board at National Bike Summit in DC

Mayor Peduto speaks at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC

Today, during his speech at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC, Mayor Bill Peduto, publicly nominated BikePGH Executive Director, Scott Bricker to a seat on the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, or SPC. SPC is our Regional Planning Organization (RPO), and is responsible for setting the transportation agenda, priorities, and funding allocation for our 10-county area. peduto-bikesummit

Mayor Peduto in good company during today’s Opening Plenary at the National Bike Summit in DC

One of the major roles tasked to SPC is to manage the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. Basically, the TIP is a list of all of the major transportation projects in the region, and the order that they will be installed. Every year, our region can spend so much money on these projects, so SPC helps manage the funds. The board plays a role in advocating for projects in their respective areas.

Also, when the feds or state allocate transportation money to the region, one of SPC’s roles is to figure out the process for allocating that money regionally by setting up an application process, for instance. The priorities of the commission help determine the ease or availability of that funding for different projects. For example, these processes helped  “complete the fleet”  of bike racks on Port Authority buses, build the Hot Metal Bridge, as well as provide a significant amount of the funds for the forthcoming Bike Share program.

The commission reports directly to the board, which is for what Mayor Peduto nominated Scott Bricker. Traditionally, very little funding for biking and walking projects make it through the various processes for myriad reasons, although that has changed a bit over the past few of years.

City Council will need to approve Scott’s nomination.

For more info on the relationship of RPOs and MPOs on biking and walking, please see the Advocacy Advance website.

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