America Bikes, the national coalition of bicycling organizations dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in the U.S. through federal policy and investments, today announced a new role for Campaign Director Caron Whitaker.
For four years, Whitaker has led the coalition through the federal transportation bill’s prolonged reauthorization process, which culminated in the approval of a new two-year bill, MAP-21, in July. On December 1, she will become the Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists. Whitaker will continue as a lead contact for the America Bikes coalition.
All the member organizations that comprise America Bikes will work together in 2013 on MAP-21 implementation, DOT policy guidance, and other federal, state and local issues and opportunities that arise. The groups will also collaborate, where possible, to develop, refine and advance a shared platform and to advance long-term goals for bicycling.
The America Bikes coalition includes the Adventure Cycling Association, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Bikes Belong, the International Mountain Biking Association, the League of American Bicyclists and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Additionally, the coalition works in partnership with America Walks, the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Transportation for America and other groups interested in growing the role of bicycling and walking through federal transportation policy.
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.