Who We Are
Our Streets Minneapolis is a member supported and volunteer driven organization works for a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone. Every year hundreds of volunteers help make our work possible; doing everything from street monitoring (and sometimes hula hooping) at Open Streets to leading work groups and group rides.
Have questions or want to learn more about getting involved? Contact one of the staff below!
Karlie Cole, Web, Data and Systems Manager
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Karlie joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in December 2013. She loves using her tech skills to support people to connect in their neighborhoods through Open Streets as well as helping to make our streets better and safer for pedestrians and people on bikes.
She has over 10 years of international, national and local web design, development and training experience. Her B.A. in Sustainable Community Development was one of the first in the nation completed via distance learning through Prescott College.
Her advocacy work on local food and environmental issues continues including building web tools and data visualizations that support awareness and taking action. She now makes most of her family's food from scratch and is learning to make shoes.
Ethan Fawley, Executive Director
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Ethan became Executive Director of Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in August 2013 after being a volunteer leader since 2009. He believes you should love what you do and has a big passion for Minneapolis and the power of biking and walking to improve the quality of life in our city. Before joining Our Streets Minneapolis, he was the Transportation and Built Environment Director at Fresh Energy.
He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Geography, with a minor in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the Minneapolis Downtown Council's Transportation Committee and Met Council's Transportation Advisory Board.
Ethan lives with his wife, Lesley, and young son, Quincy, in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood. He is a big soccer fan (including a season ticket holder of Minnesota United FC, the local team) and tries to play soccer at least twice a week.
Hassan Gilchrist, Bonner Scholar Summer Intern
Hassan, a current Macalester College senior, joined Our Streets Minneapolis in summer 2018 as a volunteer in affiliation with his school's Bonner Community Scholars program. Hassan is pursuing a degree in neuroscience. He hopes to use his degree to make quality health care and medicine accessible to marginalized peoples with degenerative diseases--after all, aging affects people from all walks of life. With ambitions focused on community and global health, as well as a history in health advocacy for Minneapolis youth, Hassan's involvement with Our Streets focuses on bicycle encouragement and youth outreach.
A native of Oakland, California, Hassan spends much of his time back home exploring the vastly diverse neighborhoods of the San Francisco bay area by foot, bike, train, and bus, and attempts to replicate these adventures with friends in the Twin Cities. During Minnesota winters, Hassan spends his time dancing, cooking, and playing sports--indoors of course.
Kadence Hampton, Open Streets & Bike Month Associate
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Kadence joined the Our Streets Minneapolis team in May 2018. They are passionate about active transportation, regional equity, and environmental justice. Kadence completed their Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota in 2014, and worked as an urban planning consultant on transit projects and Safe Routes to School plans. Before coming to Our Streets, Kadence held positions at Nice Ride Minnesota, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and served as a board member for the Minnesota Cycling Federation.
When Kadence is not on a bike commuting or racing (which is rarely), they enjoy watching Broklyn 99 with their cats, visiting local breweries with their partner, and dissecting urban infrastructure design.
Nick Ray Olson, Event & Program Director
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Intermittently riding with Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) for two years now, Nick Ray went pro just in time for the 2016 season. Previously, he was tackling bicycle and pedestrian initiatives with the City of Minneapolis.
Performance enhancers of choice include fresh, colorful food, mid-ride reading breaks and handlebar baskets.
Frances Stevenson, Communications and Outreach Associate
Cindy Vue, Bicycle Encouragement and Volunteer Coordinator
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Cindy has a passion in bringing resources about health and wellness to underserved communities. She has over 11 years of experience working with diverse populations doing direct services across the Twin Cities. Cindy’s favorite thing about bicycling is being able to slow her life down and connect with her community and the earth. In her spare time she loves to cook, continue her yoga practice, and teach others about being more conscious about environmental impact.
Cindy is excited to utilize this space and position to bring awareness about not only seeing bicycling used recreationally, but as a part of life and its huge contribution to overall mental health and physical health stability.
Photo by Rhea Pappas
Emily Wade, Development & Communications Director
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Emily joined Our Streets Minneapolis in December 2017 as the Development and Communications Director. She fell for biking and walking in Minneapolis after learning to ride a bike as an adult in 2012. Since then, Emily's bikes have taken her on many adventures including working as an Events Coordinator at Nice Ride Minnesota, racing at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, and commuting to and from all corners of Minneapolis. Her favorite thing about biking and walking in the city is seeing friends' faces crossing her path. Emily is excited to work toward a Minneapolis where more and more people feel comfortable experiencing our city by biking, walking, and rolling.
Emily lives with her bikes and two cats in Whittier. When she's not on her bike, Emily enjoys learning more about feminisms and theories of justice and social change.
Board of Directors
The Board meets on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6:00pm. If you are interested in more information about the Board, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I rediscovered the freedom bicycling offered when I bought my first road bike about four years ago, a beastly and rickety early-90s Schwinn 10-speed. After my first ride across town took about half as long as I expected, I was hooked. I enjoy riding the Midtown Greenway/Cedar Lake Trail to my office in Hopkins where I work as a writer for a marketing and public relations company. I also love riding anywhere along the Mississippi, and think it’s fantastic that we have a bike trail that runs underneath Target Field. I joined the MBC board because I want to do what I can to make it easier for anyone and everyone to give biking a try.
Streets are a vital part of all of our lives. We don't go anywhere outside of our home without engaging with streets. While I am grateful streets help connect all of us, I know there is so much we can do to make them safer and more accessible for everyone, especially those on foot, on pedals, or in wheelchairs. My goal while on the Our Streets Minneapolis Board is to improve our pedestrian advocacy efforts and secure a dedicated group of Our Streets Minneapolis ambassadors from communities historically left out of urban planning and street improvement efforts. I approach this work with a Masters in Public Health in health policy and a career in the disability rights advocacy field.
Julia Curran, Pedestrian Work Group Lead
Clark Goldenrod, Vice President
I've been walking and biking to get around for about 10 years now. In 2006, I moved to New Orleans and hiked those incredibly uneven sidewalks and dodged potholes on my super cool Roadmaster (that might have technically been a kid's bike). In 2010, I moved to Washington, DC and discovered the beauty of protected bike lanes and the pain of a car driving over my foot. In 2012, I moved to Minneapolis and saw my first real live bike boxes and started plugging in to biking and pedestrian advocacy. My background is in public health and public policy, and I love how good biking and pedestrian infrastructure and help support vibrant communities. I'm excited to serve on the board and support Our Streets Minneapolis's awesome work. I now ride a bike that fits me.
I joined the Our Streets Minneapolis board in 2017. The prior work of Our Streets Minneapolis, especially the Our Streets staff, has been impressive. I hope we can build on this work and deepen the positive impact that Our Streets has had in our communities. Open Streets is an example of a great local program that most other US cities don't even come close to replicating. I've lived here over four years and biking in Minneapolis is a great way to meet people. I'm a fair-weather bicyclist and often use the bus or train to extend my bike trip. I live in Ward 8 in South Minneapolis. I have worked as a double threat Transportation Planner and Engineer in the public and private sectors. I serve on the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Biking has enriched my life immensely, whether it's bonding with friends during the local ride Babes in Bikeland, biking the Ohio-to-Erie trail in Ohio (very slowly), or building my own bamboo bike frame. I want other Minneapolis residents that bike - or want to bike - to feel comfortable and welcome as they ride, whether it's a leisurely Sunday ride with their family, or a fast trip to work.
Ashley Starr, Northeast Work Group Lead
When I first moved to the Twin Cities from the countryside of Northern Minnesota, I used our transit system to get around. As I became more involved in activities and community groups, I grew to love the flexibility that cycling gave me. I used my bike to get to practice, meetings, museums, and other events. I currently live and work in NE Minneapolis and enjoy the walkability of my neighborhood and the number of families I see gathering at the park. When I am not traveling Minneapolis city streets, you can find me riding Minnesota off Road Cycling (MORC)'s dirt (or snow!) trails. My goal is to make our streets safer for all types of people to traverse, thus creating a more vibrant Minneapolis. I hope to meet more folks and her stories about Our Streets!
Sarah Tschida, Fundraising Committee Chair
I began bike commuting to my workplace at the UofM in 2008 and was immediately hooked. I love beginning and ending my day with fresh air, a little exercise, and lots of smiles as I pass my fellow cyclists on the Greenway. I enjoy biking on Bryant Ave. S. ... to get groceries at the Wedge, early morning donuts at Bogarts, or to the Sculpture Garden for a picnic. As a Kingfield resident, you can also find me loading up my bike baskets every Sunday at the Kingfield Farmers Market. I have benefited greatly by the inspiring bicycling advocacy work being done in Minneapolis and have decided that now is my time to contribute what I can to this important initiative. My day job is in education abroad at the UofM and I have a M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education.
Annie Van Cleve, Secretary
Maria Wardoku, President
I joined the board of Our Streets Minneapolis to grow the power of community members to advocate collectively for the kind of infrastructure that makes our city a safe and easy place to bike and walk (and a more fun place to live!). I especially hope to make our streets safer for women and people who are targets of street harassment and police harassment and violence. As a transportation planner at Alta Planning + Design, I work in communities across the country to transform streets into joyful places of safety and connection that welcome people on foot and on bikes. I am a Longfellow resident and enjoy visiting the Midtown Farmer's Market, Riverview Theater, East Lake Library, and local restaurants and stores by foot and by bike.
Julia Bulbulian Wells, Treasurer
I first started using a bicycle as transportation as an undergrad at the University of Minnesota almost fifteen years ago. While being on the board at Cycles for Change as Treasurer for five years, I learned to be a full-time, year-round bike commuter. After being car free for several years now, I bike, walk, and use transit every day to get around. I believe that non-automotive transportation methods are more cost-effective, build community by allowing people the opportunity to engage with one another on the street, create an active and healthy lifestyle, and provide environmentally sustainable commuting options. I am the Finance Manager at Wellstone Action, a national nonprofit that works with community leaders, organizers, and elected officials to transform the way we create change in the progressive movement. I have a master's degree in Nonprofit Management, a BA in economics, and a BS in accounting. I am excited to be a part of the Our Streets Minneapolis community, and am honored to help support Our Streets Minneapolis' amazing work in making our city a safe and fun place to bike and walk.