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Jeremy Lewis: The Collective’s first Executive Director
The Des Moines Bicycle Collective is pleased to announce Jeremy Lewis as its first executive director. In addition to a lifelong commitment to cycling, Jeremy brings almost six years in nonprofit management to the Bike Collective, including director-level positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, One Iowa, and the 2012 presidential campaign. Jeremy jumped into his new role on November 4.
This has been a big year for the Bike Collective, including its move to the East Village, adding two shop mechanics and now its first executive director. The organization is celebrating all sorts of records this year. Totals through 10 months include number of bikes donated (250), bikes recycled (500), students completing bike-maintenance classes (90), B-cycle bike share checkouts (2,796), trail maps distributed (39,000), and participants in Central Iowa Bike Month (2,789).
“It’s an honor to join the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, especially at a time when it has reached so many milestones and is poised to expand its impact in Central Iowa,” Jeremy said. “I am inspired by the many ways Des Moines continues to reinvent itself and look forward to elevating active transportation to next level in this region.”
Regional trail maps are here!
New copies of the 2013 Greater Des Moines Regional Trail maps, produced by the Bike Collective, are now available at most locally owned bike shops, many UnityPoint Health (formerly Iowa Health) clinics, and city and county offices. The map, which folds nicely for a seat bag or pocket, includes many updates, including the north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the Des Moines River Trail (Mullet’s to Cownie Baseball Complex). We expect to post online versions about May 1.
We moved to the East Village
After five years near Seventh and Grand in downtown Des Moines, we moved a new shop in the East Village. Our new shop—about 1/2 block north of Grand on East Sixth St.—provides double the space of our old shop. Stop by and visit or work on your bike in our shop.
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