Somerville's Doug Johnson starts as Community Organizer

New position at the Union is about engaging more volunteers and members in the Union’s work

Doug Johnson

The Bike Union’s new Community Organizer Doug Johnson, speaking at the Annual Spring Kickoff in 2014. Photo by Jon McCurdy.

The Bike Union is looking forward to a banner year for its programs and advocacy campaigns thanks to the addition of Somerville resident Doug Johnson to the staff.

Doug first got involved with the Bike Union in 2012 as an Urban Planning Intern while earning a Master’s Degree in city planning from Boston University. He was motivated to focus his studies on ways to improve safety for all users after the tragic deaths of five cyclists in Boston that year, including fellow BU student Christopher Weigl. For the Bike Union, he helped analyze the growth of bike ridership in the city over time and got active in the Beacon Street cycletrack campaign.

During the summer of 2013 Doug co-led a cross-country cycling trip with the non-profit organization Bike & Build, raising money for and working with local affordable housing non-profits along the route. After returning from the West Coast, he worked as a tour guide at Urban Adventours, before taking a position as Community Organizer for the Union.

Doug has been enjoying his commute from Somerville to Bike Union Headquarters in Roxbury since accepting the position, and plans to participate fully in Boston #bikewintah. If you’re interested in getting more involved with the Union send Doug an email or call at 617-516-8877.

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