Renée Moore has worked in the bike advocacy industry for over 5 years, gaining experience in outreach, Vision Zero, community organizing, and program management. She is passionate about introducing underserved communities to Arlington’s resources to get them biking more for recreation and transportation. In addition to being the Program Manager at BikeArlington, she was recently selected by Amsterdam based organization BYCS (pronounced bikes) to be the Bike Mayor for DC region. She is also involved in working with blind bicyclists, deaf bicyclists, bicyclists over 50 and African Americans who want to bike. Outside of the office, Renée enjoys cooking, swimming, and learning American Sign Language.
How would you describe your mission?
My mission is to get more people of color particularly black and Latinx, women, and people over 50 considering biking as a means of transportation for short trips under 5 miles rather than driving.
What are the obstacles and challenges you are facing in your city?
DC is constantly changing. Newer residents moving in are younger and long time residents are older. The clash of change and culture is hitting both groups and we need to find a way to get everyone’s needs met.
What are the next steps now that you are the bicycle mayor?
My next step is to continue to create short fun rides that will bring out a variety of riders to explore a new place or try a new restaurant or festival with me and we’ll get there via bike rather than transit or car.
What lesson can your city teach others?
As a native Washingtonian, I have seen the changes over the years and I think we do a good job of advocating for bike lanes. In the region, we do a great job of building beautiful multi-use trails for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.