A new town committee focusing on local issues affecting bicyclists and pedestrians has hit the ground running by setting priorities for this year and electing officers.

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, which is exploring ways to implement the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, was appointed last November by the Board of Selectmen. Its mission was defined by earlier groups, including the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee and the Fairfield Bike/Walk Coalition.

Keith Gallinelli was elected chairman of the committee, which also includes Laura L. O'Brien, the vice chairwoman; Edward F. Lane, secretary, and members Elizabeth Gardner, Linda A. Lach, Donald R. Hyman, William N. Pollack, Karen Secrist and Dr. Robert Tota.

"The town of Fairfield is a great place to ride a bicycle, walk, run or do all three if you are so inclined, but we believe it can be an even better experience," Gallinelli said in a news release.

The committee is working on goals for this year.

"Our overall hope is to be able to change and enhance the public's expectations on biking, walking and running safely and pleasantly in Fairfield," Gallinelli said in the statement.

"Walking and biking conserve energy, improve air quality, reduce traffic and the need for parking, improve health and fitness, and invigorate the local economy through increased access to local businesses and greater potential for tourism."

For more information about the Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee or to volunteer for future events, email bikewalkrun.fairfield.ct@gmail.com or visit www.fairfieldct.org/bikeped.