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A few news bites:
Long Beach’s new mayor, Robert Garcia, tapped me for his transition team to help advise on active transportation and green economic development. It’s very rewarding to contribute to my hometown’s progress – and in partnership with our fantastic new leader.
- I had the pleasure of recently visiting Canmore, Tucson, Billings, Palm Springs, and several other cities in the U.S. and Canada to help kick-start bicycle-friendly business district efforts through speaking presentations, workshops, and business outreach. I’m impressed these cities – like many of our first clients, such as Oakville – are putting ideas into immediate action.
- The City of Calgary approved a cycle track network in downtown, and I contributed through several days of speaking presentations, workshops, and business meetings about the economic benefits of bicycling. Stay tuned for new cycle tracks coming to Calgary.
- When the My Figueroa complete streets project hit a major road bump, I co-pitched and co-facilitated a summit to help business, civic, and transportation stakeholders hear each other’s concerns and reach a compromise. My 11th hour contribution followed years of hard work by many in the community, and we’re all happy the project’s moving forward.
The Los Altos History Museum’s Pedal Power exhibit opened a few months ago and I’m honored to be quoted about how bicycling is good for local business districts. Thank you, Los Altos! I hope to travel north soon and see the exhibit in person.
- As a Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition board member, I’m helping recruit new board members, helped bring our Operation Firefly program to Long Beach last winter (distributing more than 100 light sets to low-income bicyclists!), and led two rides – an architecture tour and a tour of Cambodia Town and Central Long Beach. Please become a member today and/or volunteer to help L.A. County become more active and healthy.
- I decided to donate my beloved Maxine (a retro cruiser) to a local group working with Cambodian refugees suffering from trauma, where it was given to a woman who rode a lot in Cambodia but had no wheels in Long Beach. Also rewarding was connecting the Growing Experience Farm with the 4th Street Retro Row business association for a cargo bike loan, allowing the farm to deliver produce to nearby wheelchair-bound seniors.
- Looking ahead, I’m excited to travel to Pittsburgh in September for the Pro Walk/Bike/Place conference where I’ll give a presentation on how to win business support for complete streets; and, in October, I’ll facilitate and present on a transportation panel for the Long Beach Green Business Council.
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