The Non-Motorized Advisory Committee (NMAC) supports an integrated transportation system with a focus on non-motorized components within the Skagit County region. The purpose of the committee is to elicit a dialog between levels of government, public agencies and private groups, and to consider transportation alternatives which are cost effective and incorporate non-motorized modes of travel.
The NMAC serves as a technical resource for local agencies in addressing non-motorized transportation issues. The NMAC also works to educate officials, staff, and the public regarding best practices in non-motorized policies and projects, and to help implement them.
Description of the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee
The NMAC is a subcommittee of SCOG’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which is made of public works and planning staffs from SCOG member jurisdictions. The NMAC’s mission supports an integrated, effective, and affordable transportation system for Skagit County, emphasizing the system’s non-motorized components. Direct advice on non-motorized transportation planning is provided to the TAC as needed. The NMAC typically meets on a monthly basis at the SCOG office building in downtown Mount Vernon.
Why and How the NMAC Supports Bicycling and Walking
The NMAC encourages bicycling and walking to conduct the daily routines of life. The benefits of an active community include:
- Good health
- More livable communities
- Economic development
- Reduced pollution and global warming emissions
- Greater flexibility in the face of fluctuating gas prices
- Reduced congestion
- Reduced public and private expense
In pursuit of these aims, the NMAC works with public and private bodies to make walking and bicycling safe, convenient and attractive. A major emphasis is creating connections and links that foster active transportation and working to remove barriers between and within our communities.
The Non-Motorized Advisory Committee helps develop and distribute Skagit County’s bicycling and walking maps. Check local visitor’s centers or contact the SCOG office for paper copies of the maps. Digital copies of the maps are available below: