New transportation demand management coordinator is glad to be back in Bloomington
Feb. 22, 2017
Kevin Whited, IU Bloomington’s new transportation demand management coordinator and bicycle manager, has lived all over the country -- Chicago; Dallas; Atlanta; Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado -- and now he’s back in Bloomington.
Whited, who replaced Kent McDaniel when he retired in July, is a self-named transit fanatic as well as an IU alumnus and a cyclist who has two boys who are 10 and 11 years old.
After attending IU as an undergraduate in the 1990s, he’s excited to be back working at his alma mater.
“It’s really exciting to see the university grow, and it’s neat that I’m going to have a contribution in that,” he said.
Whited is the first bicycle manager for the Bloomington campus. Along with developing and implementing a bicycle safety and education program, he’s been working hard to improve bike parking. On most days, you can find him walking or riding his bike, looking for places to add more bike parking or figuring out a way to bring Bike Share to campus.
“At IU Bloomington, 4.6 percent of faculty, staff and students cycle to and around campus. Anything we can do to increase safety for them is a priority.”
Coming from a bicycle advocacy nonprofit he started in Indianapolis called IndyCog, Whited appreciates the variety of transportation-related projects he’s working on in his position at IU.
“I’ve worked in transportation demand management or in bicycling advocacy but have never been able to combine the two. It’s great that I can continue promoting cycling and return to some of the work that I’ve enjoyed previously,” he said.
Whited found his passion for transit when he worked for the Santa Fe Railway and Metra for 10 years. He has also worked as a transportation planner for Storrow Kinsella and Associates in Indianapolis.
While you might catch Whited cruising campus on his bicycle or in a Zipcar, you can also find him on social media.
He’s started an @IUBikes Twitter account to share cycling news and safety information. There’s also an @IUCampusCommute and Facebook page.
“It’s great to be back in Bloomington, and I’m excited to get the news out about the wide variety of transportation options on campus,” he said.