The bike man cometh

City hires a cycling co-ordinator to implement new plan

The City of Calgary has found its new cycling co-ordinator poaching Tom Thivener from the sprawling city of Tucson Arizona.

This represents an important initial step in following through on the city’s new cycling strategy aimed at making it easier to get around the city on two engine-free wheels. Thivener is going to be busy. The job calls for engagement with stakeholders city council and city staff plus project management and overseeing the overall implementation of the $28-million cycling strategy.

In an interview with Tucson Velo a blog covering cycling issues in Tucson Thivener said Calgary has “the resources to get it done and the political will with an aggressive plan. Put it all together and lo and behold it is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

The city isn’t discussing the new hire until he arrives on June 4.