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Industry Veterans Form BicyclePASS

Published January 20, 2010

MOUNT RAINIER, MD (BRAIN)—Philip Koopman, former co-owner of City Bikes Inc., a two location bicycle store located in the Washington, D.C. market and well known urban bicycling advocate is helping form a new business model to provide full service Point A/Point B bicycle facility solutions to city, county and state governments and agencies, as well as transit systems, developers, building owners, military installations, and educational institutions.

“Our approach is to provide a complete package to bicycle facilities clients including location assessments, facilities planning, parking racks and bike sharing hardware, operations training, and installation solutions on a scale of anywhere from one to ten-thousand bicycles," Koopman said. "We will also conduct market and demographic research for the wide variety of governments and governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and private building owners that are in immediate need of assistance in providing bicycle parking and bike sharing facilities for the growing number of bicycle riders across the country. The innovative services and products that we will offer will not only cater to current bicycle commuters, but also broaden the appeal of using a bike for transportation to those who have been reluctant to do so because of the lack of proper accommodations at their destination."

“My partners in this new full service bicycle facilities company are Erik Kugler, Elliot Gluskin and Jay Townley. I am already collaborating with Erik, Elliot and Jay in the new GTCadence Consulting, and we previously worked together when I was co-owner of City Bikes Inc.,” Koopman added.

BicyclePASS will be headquartered in new office space located in Mount Rainier, Maryland, a community just outside of Washington, D.C.

“Phil and I have been working on the concept for some time now, and we are delighted to have Elliot Gluskin and Jay Townley joining us as partners bringing research and analysis skills and in-depth industry knowledge to our management team,” Kugler said.

“Jay and I are very excited about the potential for this new business model, and in particular it’s positioning in the bicycle facilities portion of the U.S. bicycle market that is still in a very early stage of development,” Gluskin said. “The commuting and urban segments of bicycle use are just getting their legs under themselves, and we have the opportunity to get in at the beginning of what promises to be one of the fastest growing parts of the U.S. bicycle business."

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