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|MN Bike Advocate Steve Clark, Pedals on to New Adventures After a Party/Roast in His Honor|
|Published on December 11, 2013||Email To Friend Print Version
Hosted by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), in downtown Minneapolis, last Monday night, a large group of bike advocates, family, friends, and government officials gathered to celebrate and roast Steve Clark for his many accomplishments including Bike/Walk Twin Cities and other bike friendly contributions here in Minnesota. All those who attended wished him well in his new job position with the League of American Cyclist or LAB.
The successful TC Bike/Walk pilot project that Steve was a part of here in the Twin Cities was implemented in 2006 and was one of four area's in the U.S. selected to run. The project here will wrap up in 2014. With eyebrows sometimes raised and controversy the norm in many cases while working with the different levels of government and advocates, Steve was eventually able to gained respect from these agencies as he worked on the project with his team.
As you can see in the photos here and on Facebook; Many of those leaders, standing up next to Steve, at last Monday nights event shared their stories and observations to some of his unique traits that has helped him in his quest to make bicycling and multi-modal transportation a part of the norm here in the upper Midwest. Throughout the evening all attending wished him well as he moves on to make other cities throughout the United States more bike friendly, with the League.
It was only last week that the League of American Cyclist announced that Steve Clark will now be working, as thier Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist. In his new role, he will be traveling across the country visiting communities to help them become more bike friendly under LAB's guidelines. See more about his job announcement here.
Along with being a team member of the Transit for Livable Communities’ Walking and Bicycling Program, Steve has spent much of his adult life promoting sustainable transportation. In the early 1980s, he co-founded the Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists (Now the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota) and directed the Minnesota Pedal Power Camp. From there, he became the first bicycle and pedestrian program manager in Boulder, Colorado. After Boulder, he became an independent transportation planning consultant, in addition to running the “BikeFarm” in northwestern Wisconsin. He’s also worked as a planner for the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, a public information director for the Land Stewardship Project and served as the President of the League of American Bicyclists.
Currently planning to continue living in St.Paul and commute to meetings around the United States, it will be interesting to see if Steve can maintain his 99-percent car-free status in this new position?
We'll keep you posted!
(photos, above left, Jan Lysen, Steve and Barb Thoman - above right, in front of the croud, Dave Gepner, Richfield Bike Advocate - lower left, Mathew Dyrdahl, MN Dept. of Health and lower right, Dorian Grilley, Bike Alliance of MN)