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Martha Roskowski leaves PeopleForBikes

Published November 13, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes' vice president for local innovation, has left the organization after six years. Roskowski oversaw the launch of three major programs at PeopleForBikes: the Green Lane Project to standardize protected bike lanes across the country; the Big Jump Project to do the same for low-stress biking networks; and PlacesForBikes, which helps cities quickly build better places to ride and measures the benefits.

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"Martha brought a unique mix of experience and talent here," said PeopleForBikes' president, Tim Blumenthal. "I think you have to point to the Green Lane Project as a tremendous success — and a quick success. It's remarkable that the concept of protected bike lanes has gone from novelty to almost universal acceptance in what, five or six years?"

Roskowski will be succeeded by Kyle Wagenschutz, who currently manages the Big Jump program.

"We're going to continue to build on the good work and legacy Martha gave us," said Wagenschutz, who credited Roskowski for helping him develop his career when he came to PeopleForBikes after managing a fast-growing bicycle and pedestrian program in Memphis, Tennessee. "Martha has a unique ability to sift through the noise."

PeopleForBikes posted a "public exit interview" with Roskowski on its website. In it. Roskowski said she will be looking for a new position that uses her skills, not necessarily in the bike industry. "For the past 25 years I have gone from job to job in the bike world with no break. So I kind of feel like right now it’s a time to take a breath and talk to people I know, check in with the universe and see what’s a great fit for my skill set and what needs to be done in the world," she said.

 

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