Office of Policy Planning
Procedures and Guidelines
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Partnership Council will seek consensus decisions on its
recommendations to bicycle and pedestrian partners, including FDOT. General consensus is
a participatory process whereby, on matters of substance, the members strive for agreements
which all of the members can accept, support, live with or agree not to oppose.
The Council will develop its recommendations using consensus building techniques, such as the use of
brainstorming, acceptability ratings and prioritizing approaches. In instances where, after
vigorously exploring possible ways to enhance the members’ support for the final decision on
a package of recommendations, the committee finds 100 percent acceptance or support is not
achievable, final decisions will require at least an 80 percent favorable vote of all members
present and voting. This super-majority decision rule underscores the importance of actively
developing consensus throughout the process on substantive issues with the participation of
all members to arrive at final recommendations with which all members can agree.
The Council Chair will work with FDOT staff and consultants to design both efficient and
The Council Chair will be responsible, in consultation with the Council
members and staff, for proposing meeting agenda topics. The Council meetings will be led
by the Chair. FDOT staff and consultants will help the Council with information and meeting
Council members will be given full opportunity to rank, discuss and develop consensus on all
recommendations. Draft recommendations developed by the Council will ultimately be
compiled into an Annual Report for the Council’s review and approval.