Maryam Omar

Having grown up witnessing the Middle East’s growing love affair with the car, Maryam didn’t fully understand the value of the bicycle beyond childhood memories of leisure until she moved to the Netherlands. It was then that she became fascinated with the way the humble bicycle allowed people to be in the elements, engage with their surroundings, and be on ground level with others.
Further inspired by the role of citizen engagement in fostering a culture of active mobility, Maryam decided to bring together her background in economics, communications, and urban development forward to help drive BYCS’ mission forward.
At BYCS, Maryam helps establish and guide the operations of regional hubs, giving a more central place for on-the-ground cultural and socio-economic realities to be represented, and emphasising local perspectives and leadership in creating long-lasting and inclusive cycling progress.