John Lindenmayer Named Executive Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists
Rich Moeller, current Executive Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB), announced his retirement after nine years of service to the organization. LMB's Advocacy & Policy Director, John Lindenmayer will take over as LMB's next Executive Director effective January 1, 2015.
"The LMB board thanks Rich for his many years of dedicated service and unanimously agreed that John Lindenmayer was the best choice to lead the organization as its next Executive Director," said Steven Roach, Chair of the LMB Board. "John is a respected advocate for the rights of cyclists in Michigan, having built numerous coalitions to advance those rights and improve the quality of life for all of Michigan's residents."
"I'm honored the board has selected me as LMB's next Executive Director," stated Lindenmayer. I plan on hitting the ground running in January and picking up where Rich left off in our efforts to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roads. I look forward to leading LMB's next chapter as we continue to be the voice for bicyclists across Michigan."
Lindenmayer has been with LMB since 2004 and has played an essential roll in numerous policy victories. In 2010, he spearheaded efforts leading to the adoption of statewide Complete Streets legislation, which ensures state road projects consider the needs of all users including bicyclists. He led LMB's bikes on trains campaign, resulting in Amtrak changing their policy, which previously prohibited bikes on board their train cars in Michigan. And in 2014, he successfully advocated for the Passage of Public Act 1, altering the way bicyclists are allowed to signal turns under the Michigan Vehicle Code. Lindenmayer's most recent legislative accomplishment on behalf of LMB was the passage of the Nathan Bower Act (Public Act 317). Adopted in October of 2014, the new law adds information about bicycle and motorcycle awareness to Michigan driver's education curriculum.
LMB Executive Director, Rich Moeller Says Farewell
Yes it is true, I am retiring completely. Nine years ago I took early retirement from the YMCA after 36 years working for various YMCAs around the country to take what I considered a dream job - Executive Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists. And it has not disappointed me. What an opportunity to live and breathe bicycling every day on the job.
I have been fortunate the last nine years to be part of the growth of LMB. I am thankful to our members, volunteers, Board and staff for helping to grow LMB into the organization it is today.
I am especially proud of being part of the growth and development of John Lindenmayer. The League will be in excellent hands with John as your next Executive Director. Nine years ago John and I set down and agreed that it would not be beneficial for each of us to simply work together on everything. So we parceled out the duties. John was extremely interested in developing his skills in the advocacy and policy arenas. Letting John run with advocacy and policy issues for LMB probably was the best single decision I ever made as Executive Director.
LMB Board Chair on LMB Leadership Changes
Steven Roach, LMB Board Chair
As noted in Rich's open letter and LMB's recent press release, Rich Moeller is retiring. John Lindenmayer will succeed him as the LMB's third executive director. This has been the single most important event while I have been on the LMB board; one that both saddened me and filled me with joy.
Prior to joining LMB, Rich served the YMCA for 36 years in Hermitage, PA, LaPorte, IN, Virginia, MN, Staten Island, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Kansas City, MO and Sioux City, IA.
Rich is an avid cyclist, having logged over 180,000 miles in his lifetime. While serving as the Executive Director of LMB, Rich rode his bike to the office almost daily.
For Rich, the LMB position was his dream job: "What an opportunity to live and breathe bicycling every day on the job."
For the LMB, Rich was the perfect fit. Over the last nine years, Rich molded the organization into a significant force for the rights of cyclists in Michigan. He help develop a number of toolkits, both on advocacy and educational issues and developed and wrote "What Every Young Michigan Bicyclists Must Know." This informative booklet has flown off the shelves since its release in 2012, with many requests coming from organizations located in other states. The Governor's Traffic Advisory Safety Commission recognized the excellence of this booklet in 2012 with the Outstanding Traffic Safety Award.