In 1984, the State Bicycle Advisory Committee was established as an on-going advisory body by Laws of Minnesota 1984, chapter 572, building off the earlier work of a short-term group, the Governor's Commission on Bikeways. The State Bicycle Advisory Committee advised the Commissioner of Transportation and other state officials on issues pertaining to bicycle transportation in Minnesota. Over the ensuing years, it operated under its own bylaws and with registration by the Secretary of State.
In 2008 the State Bicycle Advisory Committee was renamed the Advisory Committee on Nonmotorized Transportation to reflect an expanded focus on both pedestrians and bicyclists (see Laws 2008, chap. 350, art. 1, sec. 69).
The Nonmotorized Transportation Advisory Committee was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the committee.
In 2017, the legislature directed the committee to develop and submit recommendations to the commissioner of transportation regarding the project evaluation and selection processes under the new Active Transportation Program at the Department of Transportation (see Laws 2017, 1st Spec. Sess., chap. 3, art. 3, sec. 136)
Minnesota Statutes, sec. 174.37, subd. 6 indicates the committee will expire on June 30, 2018.