BTA's Safe Routes leader moves on

[Robert Ping speaks at Sunnyside
School in SE Portland, 10/4/06.]

Robert Ping, the BTA’s Safe Routes to School Program Director, has accepted a position with the Bikes Belong Coalition.

He made the announcement to co-workers today and will transition to his new role of State Network Manager of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in the next few weeks.

Ping — who was just named to the Safe Routes to School National Task Force — was hired to lead the BTA’s Safe Routes efforts in Spring of 2004.

While at the BTA, Ping led Portland’s rapidly growing Safe Routes effort that grew from 11 to 19 schools this year while adding several new staff members.

In addition to his local work, Ping worked with schools throughout Oregon to implement Safe Routes programs.

In 2005 Safe Routes to School received over $600 million in federal funding. Ping’s job will be to go into ten key states that are lagging behind in their Safe Routes efforts and help them effectively leverage those funds and get more kids walking and biking to school.

In his new position, Ping will work from a Portland office and report directly to Deb Hubsmith, the country’s leading Safe Routes to School expert and creator of the first pilot program in Marin California.

The BTA will certainly miss Robert, but this is an exciting opportunity and I wish him the best of luck. Congratulations Robert…I’ll see you in D.C.!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Scott Mizee
17 years ago

Congratulations Robert!
We wish you the best!

17 years ago

This is a great opportunity for Robert, and hopefully it will not be a loss for BTA, as he will be able to continue his work on this project in his new position.

Having worked with and known Deb Hubsmith for many years, I can say that he’s going to work for a great team, and should enjoy his new position immensely.

Congratulations, Robert!

Robert Ping
Robert Ping
17 years ago

Thanks, Scott and Garlynn, I am very excited about it, and expecially to be able to stay in Portland, though there will be a lot of travel, which is fun, too.

I will stay involved in the state Safe Routes program as well.

Hey Garlynn, how do you know Deb Hubsmith?