Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bike group hires first paid director

Brett Stevenson comes on board from ICL

Express Staff Writer

The Wood River Bike Coalition hired its first paid staff member last week—Wood River Valley native and former Idaho Conservation League associate Brett Stevenson.

The organization was started in 2008 by volunteers dedicated to promoting bike riding as both recreation and transportation throughout the valley. Volunteer Greg Martin, trails coordinator for the Blaine County Recreation District and full-time Ketchum firefighter, has led the coalition since its inception.

Stevenson said she was excited to take over as the first paid part-time director of the Wood River Bike Coalition.

“I’m thrilled to work with such an impressive organization that has so much energy and passion,” she said. “They deliver great community-oriented benefits, and the community’s enthusiasm for the Wood River Bike Coalition is inspiring, as is the spectrum of opportunities.”

Martin said he, too, was excited for Stevenson to step into her position, as it frees him up to concentrate on other aspects of the organization.

“I couldn’t be happier to focus my attention on trail projects and to have someone with an excellent skill set come aboard and drive our capacity-building, fundraising and communications.”

Stevenson has a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana and worked for Blaine County Land Use and Building Services as a planner. She has been running the Wood River Valley regional office of the Idaho Conservation League, and has planning, nonprofit and advocacy experience.

She also has experience in trail work, having been a crew leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps.

“I’m really excited to serve the community in this capacity,” she said. “Biking is an integral part of our community’s recreation, economy, transportation and general health and well-being.”

Martin will stay on as a board member and trail operations manager. The coalition is also planning to expand its board of directors, pursue a collaboratively funded trail crew and renew the area’s Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists.

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