Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Tasks: Elected officials from Lee County and each municipality make decisions about our transportation system, including almost all those of importance. FDOT, the entity that most funds at least pass through, are non-voting but vital members at the table.
Meetings: Monthly, usually the third Friday, beginning at 9am in the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council conference room at 1926 Victoria Ave, just south of downtown Fort Myers. Comments: MPO staff members are very understanding of bike/ped/transit issues and needs, as are most board members. A very good forum at which to voice your opinion. Lee MPO meetings will be moving to the Cape next month.
Lee MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinating Committee (BPCC)
Reports To: Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Tasks: Reps. from Lee County, all its municipalities, Lee Tran, Lee Parks & Rec, FDOT, Lee School District, and the Injury Prevention Coalition (IPC), along with MPO staff, focus on ensuring that bike/ped projects, priorities, policies, and resources (such as maps) are compatible and coordinated. $500,000 - $1.5 mil/yr. is available to spend on State road retrofit needs; BPCC advises MPO on which retrofit project(s) to approve, among other duties.
Meetings: Every other month at Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council offices, 1926 Victoria Ave, near downtown Fort Myers.
Comments: Membership is restricted to the above named entity reps. but the public is welcome to attend.
Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC)
Tasks: Makes decisions on all matters related to county government.
Meetings: Every Tuesday beginning at 9:30am at Old Courthouse Commission Chambers, downtown Fort Myers.
Comments: Transportation and community development matters are frequently on the agenda.
Lee County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
Reports To: Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
Tasks: Recommends bike/ped retrofit projects for County roads. Any other bike/ped issue or recommendation can be considered.
Meetings: Bi-Monthly (third Wed of Jan, Mar,…, 6pm) at Lee County Public Works Bldg.
Comments: Commissioners each appoint a citizen rep. from their district and any Commissioner may appoint the one at-large citizen rep. and the bicycle industry/group rep. Also appointed by Commissioners are reps. from Co. Parks & Rec. District School Board and Sheriff’s Office each designate a rep. from their organization, who is then appointed by a commissioner. BPAC makes recommendations on retrofit project funding (dedicated funds from gas taxes and impact fees) and any other bike/ped-related matters. County DOT provides staff support.