Welcoming Keith Holt to Bike Easy

Posted by Dan Favre on October 2, 2015 in Bicycle Safety

Nationally recognized bike leader joins Bike Easy as Community Education Manager

Bike Easy is proud to announce that Keith Holt has joined our team as the Community Education Manager. We are absolutely thrilled to have Keith bring his experience, passion, and energy to making bicycling in Greater New Orleans fun, safe, and easy for everyone.

Keith is a recognized national leader in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy with twelve years of professional experience working in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. He has a finger on the pulse on what is happening on both a national and local level to improve cycling and walking in our communities.

With a long history of project management and collaborative leadership experience from his years in the US Army and through his current role as a bike/ped advocate, Keith will excel in his new role. Keith has also successfully managed volunteers throughout his career and recently experienced the ups and downs of building a grassroots community organization, Milwaukee Bicycle Works.

Early in his career, Keith received the League of American Bicyclists’ League Cycling Instructor certification, which provided him with a strong foundation in bike safety education. The bulk of his experience has been focused on teaching outreach and education programs including the Bike Ambassador program in Chicago and the Share and Be Aware program in Milwaukee. He has also mentored and coached youth through the junior bike ambassador program in Chicago and a youth Cyclocross team in Milwaukee through Bicycle Works.

This past spring, Keith was awarded the Advocate Of The Year, a national award presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, which goes to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking and whose time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are of the highest standard of excellence, exemplifying a role model for peers. He received it for leading the biking and walking movement into a greater understanding of how to incorporate diversity and equity into its work. You can hear Keith speak about diversity in equity in the bicycle movement in this short video from the 2011 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Urban Pathways Initiative Workshop where he presented.

Everyone at Bike Easy is looking forward to Keith’s vision and experience to help the organization better engage and support communities of color and low-income communities in order to foster a movement for healthy transportation and livable streets that truly builds equity.

When Keith moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, he was able to make connections and build relationships not only in the biking community but also with other local organizations. We are confident that he will quickly do the same in New Orleans as well. His experience and personal goals are a great fit with Bike Easy’s mission, and we’re happy to he’s decided to make his home in New Orleans and join Bike Easy’s efforts to make biking, and our whole metropolitan area, better.

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