The MBAC was formed in the spring of 2013 by former mayor Michael J. McGlynn with 15 members. In the course of the past three years seven of the positions have been vacated and our newly elected mayor, Stephanie M. Burke, would like to see them filled.
What does a Commission member do?
Members keep themselves informed about bike-related issues in our community and commit to attending the monthly MBAC meeting which is held from 7–9 p.m. on 4th Wednesday of each month.
At the meeting we:
- share information
- review proposals from our two workgroups, the Education and Outreach Group, and the Infrastructure Group
- host presentations from other groups, organizations and agencies
What skills are needed?
All sorts of skills are useful. Currently we have a number of members who are involved in transportation and planning, but there are also some who work in software engineering, marketing and communications, and even at museums. Whatever your occupation or interest—student, nurse, police officer, truck driver, photographer, or whatever—you have a skill that can be applied.
The most important thing is that cycling is done by people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities, and we want the commission to be a reflection of that diversity. We want people who have a passion for bike riding and are willing to step up and do some work to improve our city.
How do I apply?
Send us your letter of interest and resume. For this position your letter may be more relevant than specific job skills on your resume. Things we would like to hear about are:
- the kind of bike riding you do or your involvement with bicycling if you are not currently a rider
- your ideas about ways bikes can be put to use to improve our city
- ways bike riding could be made safer and more useful
- skills, experience or interests that you feel would be relevant
Submit them via email to email@example.com or by mail to Medford City Hall, Office of the Mayor, Room 202, Attn: Linda Coletti, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155.
The deadline is Feb. 17, 2016.
What if I want to be involved but don't want to be a Commission member?
All our meetings are public meetings, so everyone is invited to attend and participate at any time. Agendas are posted the weekend before the meeting and when we have special guests and presenters we announce them on our Facebook page.
The workgroups are a great way to be involved in specific projects or areas of interest. We also have need for volunteers to help at events, collect data for our annual bike count and serve as liaisons from other groups that are active in the city.