Monday, December 21, 2015

Steve Kruse Is Stepping Down As Chair of PBAC After 7 1/2 Years

Steve Kruse, center, outgoing PBAC Chair, on a fact-finding bike ride with Mayor Liz Lempert and members of the Princeton Traffic and Transportation Committee.

After 7 1/2 years of service, Steve Kruse is stepping down as chair of the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Steve announced his retirement at the last PBAC committee meeting earlier this month. His resolute leadership of PBAC has spanned an interesting period, in which Princeton has grappled with the challenges of adapting to a 'Complete Streets' policy, and been recognized as a 'Bike Friendly Community' for the first time.

Steve is a true bike person. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of cycling, and his brain seems to specifically retain the most quirky details of two-wheeled activities. He has spent years thinking about and planning bike routes and facilities around Princeton. Not many of these routes have been properly built-out, but a new bike masterplanning exercise is currently underway, and Steve has passed his notes to the planners. 

As bike/walk committee Chair, Steve has been a stalwart at the annual 'Wheels Rodeo', working with the Princeton Police Department to fit helmets and guide kids round a biking course. His tenure as Chair of the committee has also seen the launch of the Princeton 'Ciclovia', which for the past two years has seen Quaker Road temporarily dedicated for one day a year to people on foot and on bikes. Last year, Steve dedicated substantial time to advancing the Princeton Bike Map, which was published earlier this year, and which has been extremely popular.

Behind the scenes, Steve has built the infrastructure on which PBAC depends, including the email list, with over 200 members, the PBAC blog, and a cloud drive of bike planning-related materials. When Princeton becomes a town that pro-actively helps people on bikes, it will be because of the efforts of trailblazers like Steve. I'm glad to take the opportunity to thank him for his long years of volunteer service on PBAC, and wish him the best for the future.

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