The LADOT Bike Program would like to recognize the hard work of Nate Baird and congratulate him as he begins an exciting new stage in his career as the Mobility and Healthy Living Programs Officer for the City of Long Beach. During Nate’s time as Bicycle Coordinator, he played an integral role implementing numerous bike projects and leading efforts to secure funding for future projects. His contribution to the future of bicycling in L.A. has been significant and his measured presence in the Bicycle Program is already missed.
Nate joined the Bike Program in January 2011, eager to implement the newly adopted 2010 Bicycle Plan. Nate had recently completed an Urban Planning Master’s degree at Cal Poly Pomona and had spent a year interning at the Metro Bike Program. Nate’s interest in active transportation emerged when he began attending Midnight Ridazz bike rides and opting for transit and bicycling over driving places. In 2006, he took the plunge and sold his car, and he’s been a car-free Angeleno ever since.
Under Nate’s guidance, the LADOT Bicycle Program sought and was awarded Safe Routes to School funding for three Bicycle Friendly Street projects in Pico Union and Pacoima as well as HSIP funding for the Year Two Bike Lane implementation package. He lead public outreach for bicycle lanes under the Year One bicycle lane package and conveyed the multi-fold benefits of bicycle projects while addressing public concerns with consideration and respect. His hard work and dedication also ensured that the Bicycle Wayfinding Project proceeded at a steady pace. Last but not least, Nate personally oversaw the installation of L.A.’s first buffered bikeways and the protected 2nd St. tunnel bicycle lane.
Nate is well-known in the department for approaching projects with thoughtfulness, creativity and a commitment to serving the public. I know I speak for the whole LADOT Bicycle Program team when I say that we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and under the direction of such an encouraging and knowledgeable colleague.
Nate’s hard work, expertise and passion for L.A.’s bicycle future has helped LADOT implement a new vision for L.A.’s bikeway system. Thanks Nate! We will miss you!