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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Lynne Goldsmith
Bike Program Transportation Manager (retired), Los Angeles County MTA

In my position as Bike Program Transportation Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 2000 until 2013, I initiated a bike program there. The challenge was to legitimize and build bicycling within the agency, as a recognized “mode of transportation,” at a time when this view was not widely held. I hired and mentored eight graduate interns, six of whom are now employed as bicycle professionals in the Los Angeles region. They helped to develop a strong program. The work involved completing plans, promoting the “bike-transit connection,” and providing parking at train stations, accommodation on transit vehicles, bicycling education and a Bicycle Roundtable (within the agency structure).  The Bicycle Parking Program at train stations was begun with bicycle lockers and evolved into what is this year the opening of the first of a growing number of “Metro Bike Hubs.” 


Also begun at this time were workshops and planning discussions for a metro-supported bike share program. Bicycle safety education seminars, led by League Certified Instructors, were begun using grant funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Planning documents completed were: Bike-Transit Center Implementation Plan, in partnership with Bikestation; Enhanced Public Outreach Project and 6 Non-Motorized Access Plans in partnership with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition; the first Metro Bicycle Transportation Strategic Plan and the first Bike Share Concept Report.

What I would bring to Board
My passion and commitment for active transportation has not changed since retirement (and relocation to Sacramento).  I am seeking opportunities to advance active transportation through professional and community organizations where my skills and knowledge of government agencies and practices can best be used.  I have the time and opportunity to assist APBP and the Executive Director in future pursuits and efforts to grow the organization’s vision and mission and hope to do so if chosen for the Board.

My vision for APBP
I joined APBP and attended conferences and seminars when first beginning my career and it became a valuable resource to me.  I wish to see it grow as an as asset to all planning professionals and a resource to advocates by helping where I can to expand educational opportunities, mentoring, smaller group networking, other non-profit involvement, grant opportunities and collaborative efforts with other active transportation planning and advocacy groups.

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