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Speaker

Parry Burnap

Title: Owner/Operator, Denver B-Cycle
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference

Ms. Burnap has dedicated almost three decades to public and non-profit service in the policy, environmental and sustainability arenas.  She has the perspective of having worked in all sectors, in all branches of government –  for a Governor, a Mayor, a movie star, herself; in a State Capitol, City Hall, embedded in a large bureaucracy, a small non-profit office and out of her home.

In 2008, she served as the Denver Director of Greening for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver – reporting to the Mayor’s Office and the Convention Host Committee.  As the local greening director, she led the design of the City’s Convention and Legacy greening strategy and its implementation by a network of approximately 140 professionals representing 50 organizations on ten teams.  Building on one of the most successful convention initiatives, a shared, free 1000-bike library, she spent the following  year working out of the Mayor’s Office as the Director of the Denver Bike Initiative, a coalition of individuals and organizations working to create a Bike Sharing system as well as to boost general bicycle use in Denver.  In the fall of 2009, Parry was asked to serve as the Executive Director of Denver Bike Sharing.  Denver Bike Sharing is a 501(c)(3) formed to own and operate Denver B-Cycle, the city-wide bike sharing system that currently consists of 52 stations and 150 bikes and will eventually include 150 stations and 1250 bikes.

Parry is dedicated to bike sharing because she believes it is truly a two wheeled cultural and economic revolution:  from sedentary to active; from owning to sharing; from burning fossil fuels to calories; from isolation to community.  Public bike sharing benefits public health, the economy, local environmental quality and global climate stability, and it builds a more coherent, enjoyable sense of place.  Parry has a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and an M.A. in Community Development from the University of Kentucky.  She is married and the mother of a son (22) and daughter (19), both at Vassar College.