Professional Practice

RFP: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bicycle Safety Education Project

Date: 4/18/2014 - 5/8/2014

Type: RFPs / RFQs

Location(s): Michigan


The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is seeking qualified consultants to develop and implement a Bicycle Safety Education Program for greater Grand Rapids over a three-year period (2014-2016).

Crash history for the years 2008-2012 shows that the MDOT Grand Region has the highest ratio of fatal bike crashes in Michigan--50 percent higher than the state average. Grand Rapids (including East Grand Rapids) has the second highest ratio of fatal bike crashes among Michigan’s large cities.

The project will develop a safety education program targeted at bicyclists and motorists and will have three major goals:

  • Provide education and training on the operation of a bicycle in traffic
  • Increase the knowledge of the responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists
  • Promote a share the road culture.

Prospective firms will be required to have experience creating similar programs. The deliverables will allow for other municipalities to use them in their areas.

Once received, the proposals will be evaluated according to specific criteria. A shortlist of firms will be produced, and the prospective consultants will make presentations to a 40-member Steering Committee whose charge it is to select a consultant, provide input, monitor progress, and seek input from constituents.

The RFP document can be downloaded from the city’s website.

Responses are requested to be submitted no later than Noon EST on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.


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