Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 | Kathy Keehan owns three bikes.
She rides the road bike, with its sleek, lightweight design on longer journeys. A tandem bicycle allows her to share a scenic ride with her children. The third is Keehan’s work bike, equipped with a rack to harness the loads of government paperwork she navigates for the county’s 1.8 million bicycle owners.
As executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Keehan travels – frequently on her bike – to public meetings around the county to serve as the voice for bicyclists when agencies draw up plans for new roads, developments and public works projects.
We met up with Keehan recently on San Diego’s waterfront to discuss the challenges of maneuvering San Diego – be it a bike on the region’s hilly terrain, or public policy in the corridors of power.
So, you lobby for bicyclists?
We’re a nonprofit advocacy group, and we have about 1,000 members. Basically our job is to be a voice for cyclists in San Diego County. I end up usually going to a lot of public meetings, saying, “Hey, don’t forget about bike lanes on those roads,” and, “Hey, what about education programs for cyclists and drivers?” and “Hey, what about a great bike path along the San Diego River?”