Yesterday was the anniversary of Susie Stephen’s passing. She was a good friend and fellow bicycling advocate. Susie was the Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington (formerly NowBike). I meet Susie back in 1993 I believe. I was working at the
One day in 1995 Susie and I were sitting together at a public hearing that was asking for public comment about extending the Burke Gilman trail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke-Gilman_Trail) through Ballard in
Now this caught me off guard. I mean I’m pretty self-confident, but who was I in the state of
Those words were all I needed. In 1996 I joined the Board of Directors. Susie was right, from 1998-2001 I chaired the Auction for the Bike Alliance, Chaired their Technology Committee and in 2002 I joined the Executive Committee and was Chair of the Board from 2004-2006. Susie’s belief in me came at a time when a young adult was not getting the respect he felt he deserved at work. She pushed me to not accept that and continue to do better for myself and those around me.
Susie left the Bicycle Alliance sometime around 1999 I believe. She continued her role as an advocate with the Thunderhead Alliance and as a Pedestrian & Cycling Consultant.
On March 21, 2002 she was in
Information on Susie’s Accident
From every tragedy I like to learn something and take a positive away. It’s my way of dealing with the negativity that comes from loss. Susie will continue to be a role model to me on so many levels. First, to always believe in and encourage others to contribute and reach their potential, just like she did for me in 1995. Second, to always look around you and ask “how can I make the world a better place for others and myself.” I’ll continue to be an advocate in life, whether that is for cycling, customers, family or friends.
Finallly as Susie would always say; “If you don’t like where you are in life, pedal.” Best advice I've ever heard and used.