Olatunji Oboi Reed visits Philadelphia, shares wisdom on mobility justice

by Stefani Cox

It’s no secret that Olatunji Oboi Reed is making waves in the field of mobility justice. So Better Bike Share is honored that he shared some of his experiences and insights through a daylong visit to Philadelphia on Monday.

Reed is the President and CEO of a new nonprofit called Equiticity, which advocates for racial equity and mobility justice throughout the U.S. He has also served as the President and CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement, and was awarded the The White House Transportation Champion of Change award under President Obama in 2015.

During his visit to Philadelphia, Reed met with primary Better Bike Share staff members and talked about his work in community engagement and on interfacing with the Vision Zero movement. He also shared stories from his personal background that led him to where he is today.

In the evening, Reed spoke to the public through an open event. “Having him in Philadelphia and hearing what brought him to the work was inspirational,” said Waffiyyah Murray, Better Bike Share Partnership Project Manager. “We went for a group ride through the city visiting some of the neighborhoods we work with through BBSP, such as Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown.”

See a recent profile of Reed as a Hometown Hero from the Grist 50 list.

The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by The JPB Foundation as a collaborative between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our weekly newsletter.