and JD Simpson
Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Hear lessons learned and best practices from Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio bike share system operators. From system planning and expansion to grant funding and day-to-day operations, attendees will gain a broader knowledge of what it takes to keep a bike share system rolling.
- Recognize valuable expansion opportunities and understand how to implement strategically.
- Recall lessons learned from existing bike share systems.
- Identify viable capital and operational funding opportunities for bike share systems.
After each speaker, we will discuss key issues and points presented to the group about speaker’s bike share system.
Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Inc.
Prior to working as the Executive Director for Fort Worth Bike Sharing, Inc., Kristen worked for Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and was responsible for property management as well as various special projects, most notably launching a bike share program in Fort Worth’s central city.
Kristen serves on the board of Bike Friendly Fort Worth and the North American Bike Share Association. She also serves on the Blue Zones FW Built Environment Committee, FW Safe Routes to School Planning Committee, City of FW Master Thoroughfare Plan Resource Panel, Downtown FW, Inc. Transportation Committee, and Safe Communities Coalition Bike Safety Task Force She is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Academy 4. Kristen was a 2014 40 under 40 honoree and named one of 20 Women to Watch in Business by Fort Worth CEO Magazine in 2015.
Houston Bike Share
Will has dedicated the past 16 years to working in the non-profit industry with organizations like the National MS Society, American Stroke Association. He was Executive Director of the IFMA Foundation and also worked in a broad spectrum of industries including oil & gas and information technology.
Will has lived and worked in Houston since 1972 and is the son of native Houstonians. He is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in Managerial Studies and was a 4 year letterman on the Rice football team. He has been a lifelong advocate of fitness and has been a runner, cyclist, and triathlete since the mid 80’s.
San Antonio B-cycle program
JD brings over 30 years of experience in executive level management in small to medium size businesses with a proven ability to create and build new concepts. She is accomplished in managing high growth environments through development of sustainable process controls and infrastructure design and maintenance in addition to a proven sales and marketing track record.
JD was involved in the initial launch of San Antonio B-cycle bike share program in March, 2011 with 14 stations. She was instrumental in the expansion of the system to 52 stations by August 2013. JD then left San Antonio for the opportunity to be an integral part of the executive team in developing and launching the Austin bike share program. Austin B-cycle launched in Dec 2013 with 11 stations and quickly grew to 40 stations by March 2014. Her primary responsibilities were the day to day operations of this innovative program and continued to expand to 50 stations by August 2015. Austin B-cycle offered a unique opportunity for operations due to the large and frequent events such as SXSW (South-by-Southwest) every March and ACL (Austin City Limits) every October in addition to the monthly on-going festivals.
In September 2015, JD returned to San Antonio to take over the position of Executive Director for the now 4+ year San Antonio B-cycle program offering another unique opportunity to evaluate an older program and tackle the challenges of sustaining and growing that system.