BPAC adopted the following goals as part of their by-laws:

  1. to advise the City of Columbia Transportation Planning team, City Council Members, the Mayor and community organizations and partners on bicycling and pedestrian issues facing the city and to work toward the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan: Walk Bike Columbia and any subsequently adopted bicycle and pedestrian plans or policies;
  2. to represent community and constituent interests in transportation planning decisions faced by City Council;
  3. to provide feedback to staff on projects relating to walking and bicycling. City of Columbia staff will consider recommendations from the BPAC along with input from other members of the public during decision making; and
  4. to develop and implement initiatives with Council support to improve upon the bicycle and pedestrian culture of the City of Columbia.


The BPAC generally meets the second Monday of every month.  Meetings are open to the public.

In the interest of public health, meetings of the BPAC will be held virtually until normal City operations return. Instructions on how to access the online meeting are provided within the agenda below. As this is an ever-evolving situation, please continue to monitor for additional information.

2020 BPAC calendar

It is the policy of the City of Columbia that all City-sponsored public meetings and events are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need assistance in participating in this meeting or event due to a disability as defined under the ADA, please call the City’s ADA Coordinator at (803) 545-3009 or e-mail [email protected] as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.

Upcoming Local Events 

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 at 4:30pm - BPAC virtual meeting


There are seventeen (17) council appointments. Members include people with interest and expertise in bicycle and pedestrian issues as well as representatives from neighborhood and business organizations.  All applicants must be reside or work within the corporate limits of the City. The term of office is three (3) years and appointees are eligible for one (1) reappointment. 
Current members, with term expiration dates in parentheses, are listed below:

  • Barton Walrath, Co-Chair (November 2022)
  • Cynthia Watson, Co-Chair (March 2022
  • Will Baker (September 2023)
  • Emily Beasley (November 2022)
  • Pamela Bynoe-Reed (December 2022)
  • John Corbett (December 2022)
  • Susan Forrest (November 2022)
  • Christina Galardi  (October 2022)
  • Fritz Hamer (November 2020)
  • Chase Keibler (March 2022)
  • George Kokolis (March 2022)
  • Betsy Newman (December 2022)
  • Charles Zachary Pippin (November 2022)
  • Rip Sanders (November 2020)
  • Rachel Thomason (December 2022)
  • Chrys Zouras (November 2020)

Meeting Minutes*