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Kate Fillin-Yeh Joins NACTO to Lead Bike Share Program

Nov 06, 2014

NACTO is pleased to introduce Kate Fillin-Yeh as the Bike Share Program Director. Kate is an urban planner with eight years of experience designing and implementing bike share programs and a passion for cities and figuring out how they can best provide smart urban services to a wide range of constituents.

Kate will be leading a team to evaluate best practices in bike share programs throughout North America, with a focus on strategies for reaching under-represented groups.  This initiative will encourage valuable knowledge transfer between cities with successful existing programs as well as cities that are looking to improve or launch bike share systems.  The Bike Share Program will leverage NACTO’s street design work, creating a clear guide for bike share that incorporates best practices from cities around the country.

“Bike share programs are a growing part of the urban transportation vocabulary in cities around the country,” Fillin-Yeh said.  “I’m excited to join the excellent people at NACTO and help shape the great national conversation about bike share and cycling.”

“NACTO is thrilled to bring Kate onto our team and to add a bike share best practices guide to the mix,” said Edward Reiskin, President of NACTO and Director of Transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).  “With the Urban Street and Urban Bikeway Design Guides, NACTO provides world-class support for cities who want to create dynamic, safe, economically thriving streets, and we’re excited to extend that to bike share.”

“Bike share programs are increasingly important to the future of cities as people look for new transportation choices,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO chair. “Kate helped implement the nation’s largest bike share system from planning and network design to stations in the street, and her expertise will help other cities nationwide translate how to make it successful on their own streets.”

Kate comes to NACTO after eight years at the New York City Departments of Transportation and of City Planning where she designed and implemented the nation’s largest and most heavily used bike share program, Citi Bike.  Kate’s expertise in creating bike share systems and fostering bike-friendly environments includes writing New York City’s 2009 bike share feasibility study, driving the request-for-proposals process and contract negotiations, creating the station network plan, identifying and selecting station locations, designing Citi Bike’s discount membership and helmet voucher programs, running NYCDOT’s unprecedented bike share community outreach process, monitoring Citi Bike’s ongoing operations and planning the recently announced system expansion.

Most recently, Kate was one of the lead authors of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan and helped implement NYCDOT’s Vision Zero goals including lowering New York City’s default speed limit to 25mph and developing the agency’s outreach and messaging plans.  Kate’s other publications include NYCDCP’s 2009 “Bike Share Opportunities in NYC” bike share feasibility study, NYCDOT’s 2013 “Bike Share: Designed by New Yorkers” bike share community engagement report and “Riding High in the Big Apple,” which appeared in the Get Britain Cycling Magazine in April 2014.

Prior to working for the City, Kate worked at Rogers Marvel Architects in New York, and at Jean-Paul Viguier Architects and the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. Kate is a graduate of Barnard College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.