The bike program is very pleased to announce that we have expanded our team, adding two part time Assistant Bicycle Coordinators, Elizabeth Gallardo and Austin Sos. Austin will be managing databases, our Sidewalk Bike Rack program, as well as a our bicyclela.org website. Elizabeth will be working on a Bicycle Friendly Business and Business District program, managing the upcoming Bike Corral and Fixit Bicycle Work Station programs, and working on a variety of graphics projects.
Elizabeth comes from the LADOT Pedestrian Program where she worked as an intern on Streets for People–the new plaza and parklet program offered by the city. Elizabeth managed the pipeline of future projects for the program, performed outreach to community partners, and compiled the kit of parts that will be standard for the plazas. Elizabeth is very interested in the crossover between active transit, culture, and public space, and recently completed her thesis, Highland Park Next Generation: Revitalizing Street Culture in Northeast LA, a qualitative case study of neighborhood revitalization on York Boulevard.
A native of Northeast Los Angeles, Elizabeth is a graduate of Oberlin College and just completed her Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. Before coming to planning, Elizabeth worked for a variety of non-profits, most recently as an administrator and project coordinator for an art-oriented community revitalization project in Watts.
Austin has worked as an intern in the Bicycle Program on wayfinding signage and other projects since 2012. Originally from the Bay Area, Austin is an avid bicycle commuter. One of the reasons Austin loves bicycling has to do with the mode’s consistent travel times. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize how close so many destinations are, and how many things that you go to are within a bikeable distance.” Austin wants to continue seeing Los Angeles become more bicycle friendly with new bike lanes and bike friendly streets because he believes this infrastructure encourages new people to start bicycling.
Austin will graduate from UCLA with a Masters in Urban Planning where he focused on bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Austin’s final project created an implementation-prioritized index of peak hour travel lanes in the City of Los Angeles that have been slated for bike lanes. Austin received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz where he worked in the Physical Planning Department.