After many years of leadership at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Brian Wiedenmeier will be stepping down from his role as Executive Director on June 7, 2021. Brian has been your SF Bicycle Coalition’s Executive Director for five years and has been on staff for over seven. We are immensely grateful for Brian’s work at the organization and look forward to seeing what professional adventures come next for him.
Brian’s leadership has transformed our organization over the last five years. During that time, the length of protected bike lanes in San Francisco quadrupled from 10 miles to 40 miles, car-free Market Street became a reality, and our City has responded boldly to the transportation challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, launching a network of Slow Streets and expanding car-free space in our parks. Over 11,000 San Franciscans were introduced to the joy of bicycling through our youth and adult bicycle education and 1,200 bikes were distributed through our Bike it Forward program throughout Brian’s tenure. Brian also oversaw the adoption of an ambitious strategic plan that centered values of racial, social, and economic justice in promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. While the staff and board of the SF Bicycle Coalition will deeply miss Brian, with the support of our members, we are more committed than ever to winning safe, just, and livable streets in San Francisco.
“Leading the SF Bicycle Coalition has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” said Brian, “This work is certainly not easy, and that’s why I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together on San Francisco’s streets during that time. I will deeply miss working with our members, volunteers, staff, and board. All of you inspire me with your talent, passion, and dedication, and I look forward to continuing to volunteer alongside you as a member long into the future. I’m excited to share more soon about what’s next for me, and in the meantime, I hope to see many of you out on the streets on May 21 for Bike to Wherever Day!”
Our board of directors is working hard to find a new leader for our organization to elevate our work towards transportation justice in San Francisco. “Brian has been an incredible leader for the SF Bicycle Coalition team and we will deeply miss him as we continue this work,” said Board President Jean Kao. “I see this transition as an opportunity for our organization to grow and take our efforts to the next level. We look forward to finding and working with a new leader for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.”
Over the next month, we will be naming an Interim Executive Director and forming a transition task force to lead us in the search for a permanent successor.
Our work continues and a more safe, just, and livable San Francisco is up ahead. Join us by becoming a member or renewing your membership today.
Come by our office at 1720 Market Street on May 21, Bike to Wherever Day, for a socially-distanced farewell chat with Brian.