Local architect appointed to TxDOT's Bicycle Advisory Committee
Laredo, TX October 4, 2018 -- Frank Rotnofsky, AIA, local active transportation advocate, was appointed to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Bicycle Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 27th. TxDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program staff sought individuals who would represent a variety of backgrounds and locations throughout the state. He was selected after a statewide selection process.
Rotnofsky has dedicated his time to increasing mobility options in Laredo. In May 2017, he along with other cycling advocates, members of City Council, city departments, and TxDOT founded BikeLaredo in partnership with the Laredo Active Living Mayor's Wellness Council. Its mission is to advocate for cycling as a recreational outlet for the health and wellness of Laredoans and a viable transportation option for those who can’t afford a car. “Laredo is home to vulnerable populations of riders who ride out of necessity, unable to afford the many costs of a car,” he stated, “by making Laredo a safer and rideable city, we not only help protect the current street bicyclists but we also champion bicycling as an alternative transportation method.”
In addition to founding BikeLaredo, Rotnofsky is an avid cyclist, and an indoor cycling instructor. When he is not dedicating his time to urban advocacy projects, he leads a local architecture firm, Frank Architects Inc., along with his partner, Viviana Frank, FAIA. Frank Architects was the first local business to be officially recognized as Bicycle Friendly by the League of American Bicyclists. The firm facilitates efforts that encourage employees to commute via bike by providing incentives and benefits. (If you’re interested in learning about how to make your business Bike Friendly, visit https://bikeleague.org/business or reach out to BikeLaredo on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
TxDOT’s Bicycle Advisory Committee advises the Transportation Commission on issues related to bicycling. The committee helps in the drafting of policies regarding bicycle use, including the design, construction, and maintenance of highways. Members are selected by the commission to serve voluntary three-year terms. Current initiatives include the Strategic Direction Report, BikeStripe, and Texas Bicycle Tourism Trails Study.
The committee’s record demonstrates a data-driven approach to improving bicycling conditions across the state, be it inner-city grid systems or hike and mountain bike trails. The Strategic Division Report, for example, focuses on short-term strategies that advance bicycle and pedestrian accommodations via programs or policies. The BikeStripe Initiative assists and educates those looking to stripe bike lanes within an existing roadway, giving them the appropriate tool and guidance to do so. A key project of the Bicycle Advisory Committee is the development of a statewide bicycle tourism trail network, aiming to highlight the natural, historical, and exceptional landscaped across the many unique regions of Texas.
Rotnofsky will be attending the next quarterly Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting on October 12th in Austin, TX.