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Bikeshare leaders share their paths to transit-focused careers

Eric Gilliland, General Manager of DC’s Capital Bikeshare, and Emily Stapleton, the general manager of Boston’s bikeshare program shared their paths to transit-focused careers in a recent profile on GOOD. Check it out!

As you go about your day, you’re often faced with the decision of how to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient and easiest way possible. On the street, you likely have many choices from your own vehicle to biking, and it’s people like Emily Stapleton and Eric Gilliland who hope you choose the latter.

“I’ve been involved in cycling in one way or another since I moved to D.C. in 1993,” says Gilliland. “At first it was as a bike commuter, then as a bike messenger, then as events director and eventually executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. “ Today, Gilliland is the general manager of Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C.

For Stapleton, the general manager of Boston’s bike share, Hubway, her transportation journey started in 2007.  The deciding moment came as she waited for a late bus in San Francisco feeling stranded, not knowing when—or if—it would show up. ”I wanted to be part of the movement to improve transportation service offerings and to increase availability of real-time decision-making data,” says Stapleton.

Read more over at GOOD >>

About Aimee Custis

Aimee Custis is the Communications Manager at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. A policy wonk by training and a public transportation advocate by profession, she moved to DC in 2008 to learn everything she could about livable communities, transit, and public policy. She has served as both National Vice Chair for Communications and for Membership at Young Professionals in Transportation, and is an editor and contributor at Greater Greater Washington.

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